Common concerns among IP organizations are that the inflow of invention disclosures from agile teams is too low, and that it is difficult to keep up with the high pace and changing directions. Watch Karin Lersten and Robin Sparrefors talk about what distinguish IP organizations that are successful in agile innovation settings.

This video builds on Karin Lersten's, Robin Sparrefors' and Henrik Rosén's article "Three Key Strategies for Adapting Patent Departments to Agile Innovation Settings", which first appeared in IP WatchDog January 2020.

In the video Karin and Robin highlight two key characteristics of IP organizations that are successful in agile innovation settings:

  1. A strategy that functions as a joint agreement:
    • Agile teams are built to produce valuable output with speed. Without a value rationale for why time and resources should be spent on patenting, it simply will not be prioritized.
  2. IP teams that are directly plugged-in with agile developers.
    • By being active in agile sprints and retrospectives the IP team can pick up on what is both patentable and in line with the joint agreement. When the direction of the sprint changes, they will know when to adapt and when to standfast.