Automation is the next big thing. Many industry leaders including Bill Gates and Elon Musk have talked about how automation is going to fundamentally change our lives in not so distant future. Typically, when people talk about automation, they refer to jobs that require a lower end of skill set. However, automation is going to affect the innovation and the patent process as well. Innovation falls under the higher end of the skill set.
The structured invention generation process that most inventors and companies use involves following steps.
- First, inventors come up with an idea to solve a problem or improve existing solutions
- Then, a prior-art search is performed to identify references which disclose similar content as the idea developed by the inventors
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