LEVERAGING DESIGNERS FOR PATENT CONTENT

GENERATION AND ACQUISITION OF INTERDISCIPLINARY INFORMATION
Author:
Robert Watters, Stephen Field, Michel Rod
Company/School:
Carleton University

 

Growth through innovation is critical to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and the use of patents is necessary to attract needed funding. SMEs’ use of the patent system is not as effective as larger companies. This research inquiry considers product development stakeholder’s knowledge to increase the relevance of patent disclosure content for more successful patents and business competitiveness. This empirical research uses a mixed method questionnaire to gain insight from product development experts that include design, marketing, engineering, upper management, entrepreneur and legal representation. The subset of collected participant data that is the subject of this paper is focused on challenges with gaining access to the team’s relevant information for inclusion in patents. The quantitative and qualitative data identifies barriers to the acquisition of this knowledge. Additionally, insight generation techniques are applied to arrive at solution approaches that include interdisciplinary activities to facilitate tacit to explicit information transfer. The industrial designer is identified as having attributes and knowledge that could be developed to assist the cross-boundary communication needed to acquire new knowledge from product development stakeholders for more valuable and future-effective patents.

 

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