There is no single economic indicator or milestone that can decisively be called the lifeblood of innovation, but patents and patent activity are a good starting point. “Patents are a great way to measure innovation, especially with respect to geographic areas and companies and individuals residing in these areas,” said Adam Rehm, a Polsinelli PC shareholder.

“Patents are a great way to measure innovation, especially with respect to geographic areas and companies and individuals residing in these areas,” Adam Rehm, a Polsinelli PC shareholder, told Dallas Innovates. “In most cases, the companies have armed their employees with tools enabling them to innovate and conceive inventions, which are disclosed via patent applications.”  Rehm is a patent attorney and former U.S. Patent Examiner with more than 15 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications.

He said the relationship between inventors and their companies is symbiotic, stating in many cases inventors couldn’t have conceived of their inventions without the company and vice versa. “While inventors commonly move from one company to another and continue to invent, the companies will continue to innovate and file patent applications using the tools they’re providing to other inventors.

Thus, both the inventors and the company are properly recognized as innovative,” Rehm said. On Nov.

9, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office opened its Texas Regional Office in downtown Dallas. Hundreds of cities apply for USPTO regional offices according to Hope Shimabuku, regional director of the Texas Regional USPTO. Read more from dallasinnovates.com…

thumbnail courtesy of dallasinnovates.com