Patents for Soldiers
Technical Report,01 Aug 2015,01 Jun 2016
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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Army leaders and doctrine describe innovation as an important pillar of todays and tomorrows Army. At the pinnacle of innovation is the legally recognized protection of an innovative idea that is, a patent. A Soldiers pursuit of patents provides the Army with tangible and intangible benefits. There are on average about 150 patents issued to the Army each year. This research aims to determine the extent that Soldiers are part of the inventorship of the Armys patents. It further aims to assess and evaluate the process that Soldiers are expected to follow as well as some of the Armys cultural dimensions that enable patentable innovation. This research concludes with recommendations that serve to better enable a Soldiers pursuit of patents.