How to Write an Invention or Patent Proposal
Have you or your work team invented a new technology that your company should patent? Or do you already have a patent that you would like to license to another company?
It is important to document all aspects of a patent and to follow all legal steps to register and license patented technologies. Regardless of whether you want to persuade your management to apply for a patent or convince a potential customer of the benefits of licensing your patent, you need to make a proposal.
You are most likely a designer or engineer, not a writer. Writing a proposal may sound a bit intimidating. However, you will soon find that this is not necessary as all suggestions should follow a specific four-part structure: introduction, reader-oriented section, section describing your ideas and plans, and a section that is all about you.
Let’s work through these sections from the beginning. The very first element in a proposal package should be a cover letter or, in the case of an internal company document, a note page. This page should be brief: just indicate who you are and why you are submitting this proposal, indicate the action the reader should take after considering the offer information, and provide all the contact information the reader needs, to find you easily.
Next, the top of the proposal should be a title page, as it should sound. Simply put your suggestion in a descriptive form, such as “Proposal for Patenting the QRX Screening Technology” or “Offering a Patent License to Davidson Manufacturing”. If your suggestion is reasonably simple, this is all you need for an introductory section. If your suggestion is more complex, you may need to add a table of contents and a summary that contains only a list of key points that every reader should understand.
Now to the reader-oriented section. Put yourself in the position of your readers. What will you want to know? What are your requirements or concerns? How will your proposal benefit them? This section should at a minimum contain pages that describe the needs or requirements and benefits. Here’s why your management or potential customer should examine your offer, how it meets their needs, how it helps them achieve their goals, and how their plan benefits them. This section is all about the reader.
In the next section, describing ideas and plans, give as many topics as you need to describe your proposal. If you want to patent an invention, you probably need to describe the aspects of the technology that you want to patent, the procedural steps, and those responsible for enforcement.
If you suggest licensing your existing patent, you should explain all the details that the reader needs to know about the patented technology, as well as the license terms you offer and their costs. Here you may need pages such as secrecy, restrictions, procedures, costs, restrictions, competition, innovativeness, etc.
In the final “Everything About You” section, you want to convince the reader of the proposal that you are a trusted expert. Provide all information about your education, experience, expertise and certifications. You may want to add a resume or biography, a list of the patents you own, a company history or an information page, reviews of the patented technology, and more. Put yourself back in the position of your readers. Provide the information you need to convince them that you are professional and reliable.
After adding all the necessary information to your offer, take some time to correct and format it. You want your offer to represent you at your best.
The first proposal you write may take some time. However, you’ll find that each succeeding one is easier to write, since you’ll need to tailor each proposal to the specific readers, but all your suggestions will contain much of the same information.
You do not have to start your drafting proposal with an empty word-processing screen unless you prefer this challenge. Using a special suggestion kit will save you a lot of time and confusion. A proposal package contains all the topic templates you need, including those mentioned above. Each template in a good kit contains suggestions and examples of information to be provided on this page so you never feel lost. Be sure to use a kit that contains extensive sample suggestions that you can also review, including some patterns that focus on patents and licenses. Do you need secrecy forms or other basic contracts? Make sure all the suggestion kits you use contain them. You can easily adapt them to your needs.