Although it may seem ridiculously simple it is also useful for patent committee to put this same information on a world map. The Tier 1, 2 and 3 countries where the company seeks intellectual property coverage can be so colored. It is been found the most management teams and project members from the technology and marketing groups can spot filing inconsistencies much more rapidly on a graphic display of the world versus a textual list of countries as shown in the “World Patent Filing Strategy Map” figure.
The relationship between these three IP processes and those of the technical and business development stage gate process is best shown by color coding the IP blocks in the above figures to match one another as well as the project block in the Stage and Gate Project Status map described in Chapter 12. In a War Room this visual display shows instantly where project project and IP work is synergistic and where it is out of sync.