Foreign Application Status Map

Associated with filing a patent application is the decision whether or not to seek coverage in foreign jurisdictions. Best way to view a patent committee’s decision process in this regard is shown in the “Foreign Application Status Map” figure. Here the five stages range from stage 1: determining if foreign protection is desirable on through stage 5: the foreign examination process and allowance. Again using all three graphics in a war room allows patent committees and strategy personnel to see at a glance how intellectual property projects are being managed. It is particularly important to view their progress vis-à-vis the project’s commercialization and launch timeline.