Laboratory Notebook Guidelines*
Using a Laboratory Notebook to record ideas, inventions, experimentation records, observations and all work details is a vital part of any laboratory process. Careful attention to how you keep your Laboratory Notebook can have a positive impact on the patent outcome of a pending discovery or invention.
Following are some overall recommendations to help you keep more efficient and accurate Laboratory Notebook entries. Remember, however, that these are simply a suggested set of guidelines. Only your attorney can supply the exact guidelines she would like you to follow to satisfy specific legal requirements. That is why we recommend that you consult your legal counsel.
Your Laboratory Notebook is a vital record of your work whether it is for patent purposes, legal records or documenting drug research under FDA guidelines. The Laboratory Notebook can help you prove:
Follow a few simple rules of thumb
Remember to treat your Laboratory Notebook as a legal document: It records the chronological history of your activities. The following guidelines should help you maintain the consistent and accurate entries needed for future legal purposes.
Documenting Patent Activities
A primary purpose of a Laboratory Notebook is the support of documenting work that may be patentable. To support patent activities, it is necessary to provide clear, concise, chronological entries with specific dates. To rely on these dates, you must have at least one non-inventor corroborate that the events actually happened and that he or she understood your invention by signing and dating the "Disclosed to and Understood by" signature blocks.
Your Laboratory Notebook should help you document and prove:
A non-inventor colleague should corroborate each of these events/facts by signing the "Disclosed to and Understood by" on the relevant pages.
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