Patent Number: 8,719,174

Title: Method, system, and computer program product for collaborative and integrated intellectual property management

Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for collaborative and integrated intellectual property management are provided. The method includes defining a sequence of phases for an intellectual property management model. The phases are defined by task-based components in conjunction with a workflow component and a messaging component. The task-based components specify a sequence of tasks implemented for achieving a desired outcome for a respective phase and also specify at least one of a resource and a role assigned to implement one or more of the sequence of tasks. A portion of the task-based components interact and share information with others of the task-based components via the workflow component and messaging component, thereby integrating operations between respective task-based components and phases. The method also includes applying the intellectual property management model to a set of inputs associated with data corresponding to a request to protect a proposed idea or concept.

Inventors: Peters; Daniel J. (Poughquag, NY), DeMarco; Joseph P. (Newburgh, NY), Kathmann; Randolph B. (Wappingers Falls, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06Q 50/00 (20120101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018