Essentials of Patents

By Andy Gibbs; Bob Dematteis | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 9
Managing Patents
in the Human Resources
Department
After reading this chapter you will be able to
Understand the relationship of patent management to the human resources department—human capital is the source of intellectual property
Learn how to develop, implement, and manage a Patent Quality Management Team
Understand the importance of training to foster an awareness of striving for superior processes and innovations
Learn how to track, monitor, and reward an employee's contribution to the company's patent development

Cross-functional organizations consist of department heads, section managers, and senior staff, all working to leverage the value of the company's technology and patents. The larger the organization, the more difficult it is to communicate across all of the functional areas.

Organizations also employ people—the human capital that the company relies on to create value in its intellectual property. Thus it is important that the company receive the full benefit of the employee–employer relationship, whether the employee works in engineering, marketing, manufacturing, or in any other company department.

So, while Human Resources (HR) may appear to have little or nothing to do with patents, the fact is that HR is often the company's

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