Companies Use Patent Plaques to Reward Innovation

Companies all over the world are celebrating employee ingenuity through unique awards programs and patent displays that not only recognize innovation, they motivate creative thinking and invention.

020415_PlaqueMaker_Materials_OriginalPatentPlaqueIn today’s competitive business environment, companies are compelled to protect and serve their unique assets and intellectual property. Management is eager to explore new ways to reward critical thinking and build loyalty among their ranks as well as to show appreciation for employees and recognize outstanding team members.

No matter what kind of product or service your company provides –technology, manufacturing, design- creating a work environment that

  • Recognizes innovators and inventors
  • Motivates original thinking
  • Builds comradery
  • Honors the value of intellectual property
  • Encourages greater productivity
  • Reflects the corporate brand, tone and voice

will go the distance when it comes to overall career satisfaction and industry excellence.

Patent Incentive Programs

020415_PlaqueMaker_Materials_CustomFrostedCrystalPatentPlaqueIn an effort to protect and incentivize product innovation, many companies offer their employees a Patent Incentive Program (PIP), especially in the cutting-edge business of high tech. The race to release the next “it” product is enough of a reason for companies to protect their investment and prevent their new products from being copied, once they are introduced to the market. The patenting process requires time and money, utilizing a number of steps from vetting the idea to testing for viability before the invention is submitted for a patent. PIPs are a way for companies to compensate or recognize inventors and their teams for their work throughout the process.

About Patents

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the definition of a patent is “a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor ‘to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States’ for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.” Inventions need to meet a number of requirements set forth by the USPTO before a patent is issued, in the name of the inventor, thus the term “patent pending” is used frequently in product marketing to indicate that a product or service is going through the patent process. Once a patent is issued, its protection lasts from 14 to 20 years, depending on the type of invention.

The Value of Patent Plaques

020415_PlaqueMaker_Materials_PhotoPatentPlaquePatent plaques and wall displays are effective ways to help create an innovative office environment and show how much you value your staff. Displaying the details of a patent acknowledgment letter, which typically include the inventor or company name, the patent number and title, the issue date as well as a brief description of the invention, is a modern and tasteful way to show gratitude and acknowledgement.

Since the use of a patent plaque is not required as part of the legal process of applying for a patent, the customization and design is open to the interpretation of the inventor. Creating a custom engraved patent plaque or plate at PlaqueMaker, for instance, allows for a variety of materials, sizes and styles that are perfect for display in offices, boardrooms or in the home. Choose from perpetual or photo plaques in wood, crystal, acrylic and stainless steel, as well as aluminum patent plates. In addition to an inventor’s name, USPTO seal and side ribbon, PlaqueMaker customers can include one free logo, photo or clip art with no set-up fees. In addition, corporations enjoy quantity discounts on custom products. Trademark plaques are also available.

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