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How to Write an Invention or Patent Proposal

Have you or your work team invented a new technology that should be patented by your company? Or do you already have a patent that you want to license to another company?

It's vital to document all the aspects for a patent and follow through on all the legal steps to register and license patented technologies. Whether you want to convince your management to apply for a patent or want to persuade a potential client of the benefits of licensing your patent, you will need to write a proposal.

You are most likely a designer or an engineer, not a writer, so writing a proposal might sound a bit intimidating. You'll soon see that doesn't need to be, though, because all proposals should follow a certain four-part structure: Introduction, reader-focused section, a section describing your ideas and plans, and the all-about-you section.

Let's work through those sections from the beginning down. The very first item in a proposal package should be a Cover Letter or, in the case of an internal company document, perhaps a Memo page. This page should be concise: simply state who you are and why you are submitting this proposal, state the action you'd like the reader to take after considering the proposal information, and provide all the contact information the reader needs to easily find you.

Next, the topmost page of the proposal should be a Title Page, which is exactly what it sounds like. Just name your proposal in a descriptive fashion, like "Proposal to Patent the QRX Screening Technology" or "Offer of Patent License to Davidson Manufacturing." If your proposal is reasonably simple, that's all you need in the way of an Introduction section. If your proposal is more complex, you may need to include a Table of Contents and an Executive Summary, which is simply a list of the most important points you want every reader to understand.

Now for the reader-focused section. Put yourself in your readers' shoes. What will they want to know? What are their requirements or concerns? How will your proposal benefit them? This section should include pages describing Needs or Requirements and Benefits, at the very least. This is where you describe why your management or your potential client should consider your proposal, how it will fulfill their needs and help them reach their goals, and how your plan will benefit them. This section is all about the reader.

In the next section, the description of ideas and plans, you include as many topics as necessary to describe your proposal. If you are proposing to patent an invention, you probably need to describe the aspects of the technology that should be patented, as well as the steps in the process and who should be responsible for following through.

If you are proposing to license your existing patent, then you should explain any details the readers need to know about the patented technology, as well as the licensing terms you are offering and what it will cost. Here you might need pages like Nondisclosure, Restrictions, Procedures, Costs, Limitations, Competition, Innovativeness, and so forth.

In the final all-about-you section, your goal is to convince the proposal reader that you are a trustworthy expert. Include all the information about your Education, Experience, Expertise, and Certifications. You might want to include a Resume or Biography, a list of Patents that you hold, a Company History or About Us page, any Testimonials you have about the patented technology, and so forth. Again, put yourself in your readers' position. Supply the information needed to persuade them that you are professional and dependable.

After you have inserted all the information you need in your proposal, take a little time to proofread and format it--you want your proposal to represent you at your professional best.

The first proposal you write may take you some time. But you will find that each subsequent one is easier to write, because although you need to customize each proposal to the specific readers, all your proposals will contain a lot of the same information.

You don't have to start your proposal writing project with a blank word processing screen, unless you prefer that challenge. Using a dedicated proposal kit will save you a lot of time and confusion. A proposal kit will include all the topic templates you'll need, including all those mentioned above. Each template in any good kit will contain suggestions and examples of information to put on that page, so you'll never feel lost. Make sure to use a kit that includes extensive sample proposals for you to check out, too, including a couple of samples focused on patents and licensing. Need nondisclosure forms or other basic contracts? Make sure any proposal kit you use includes those too; you can simply modify them to suit your own needs.

About Author Ian Lauder :

Ian Lauder has been helping businesses and individuals write their proposals and contracts since 1997. => For more tips and best practices when writing your business proposals and legal contracts go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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