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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Using a Laboratory Notebook

It’s the worst nightmare of every laboratory scientist: After spending months or years working on an experiment, you find out that someone has stolen your ideas and tried to claim your discoveries as their own. Intellectual property theft is a very real threat to the livelihoods and reputations of scientists—one that should be guarded against at all times.

The good news is that there are steps scientists can take to protect themselves against intellectual property theft, and it all starts with their laboratory notebook.

Scientific intellectual property

Know Your Rights

The first step in protecting your intellectual property is understanding how IP laws work. The good news is that, unlike patent law, intellectual property and copyright law protect the party that first created an idea, not the party that first tried to register or market it. As long as you can prove that you were the one to come up with an idea, you can protect your intellectual property from anyone who might try to steal it.

Use a Bound Notebook with Numbered Pages

Since proving who came up with an idea or generated a data set is the heart of any intellectual property case, the first step to guarding your laboratory IP is to make sure you use the right notebook. Any notebook you use in the lab should be bound (so that pages can’t be added or taken out without leaving evidence) and should have numbered pages. If the pages don’t come numbered, add your own to every page.

Sign and Date All Pages

When you record information in your notebook, be sure to sign and date every page before the day is over. It doesn’t matter how insignificant the data on a page might seem – protecting your IP means being able to show every step of the process. For even more security, have at least two other people who understand the science behind what you are doing, and sign and date the pages so that there is additional corroboration.

Intellectual property protection

Date Any Changes

Laboratory notebook pages should be written in ink, and any changes should be made by crossing out the old information and adding a note when new information is added. Anytime a change is made, initial and date the changes so that there is a record of when the changes were made. Do not use whiteout, and make sure that the crossed-out information is still visible.

Cross Out Unused Page Space

If any part of a laboratory notebook doesn’t have any writing in it, cross it out by drawing a diagonal line through the entire unused portion. This includes both pages that are completely blank and any unused portions of a partially marked page. By crossing out the blank spaces, you can show that no additional information was added after the fact.

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How to Determine Cleanroom Classifications

A cleanroom is a controlled environment where the concentration of airborne particles is kept within specified limits according to the classification of the cleanroom. Contaminants are produced through the manufacture or other process performed there, and they are brought into the cleanroom by people and the equipment they use.

This is why using the appropriate equipment such as the cleanroom notebooks from Scientific Notebook Company is so important to maintaining the environment. Since it is impossible to prevent the release or introduction of airborne particles into the room, the air system must continually remove them according to the standards required for the classification.

Laboratory notebooks for cleanrooms

The classification of a cleanroom depends on a number of factors, including the type of industry in which it falls. Other questions that must be answered are what are the sources of contamination, the size of particles that need to be filtered out, and the amount of air needed in circulation to remove the contamination.

To control the contamination in the room, air flow rates, direction, temperature, pressure, humidity, and specialized filtering must all be considered in the air flow system and kept under control at all times.

The Significance of Particle Size on Classification

Different types of particles vary in size. To determine the classification, the engineer must determine if a specific size of particle, various sizes, or a specified range of particle sizes need to be filtered out. The standard classification for cleanrooms is assigned based on the number and size of airborne particles for every cubic meter of air in the room. The ISO cleanroom standards according to ISO 14644-1 are depicted in the table below.

CLASS                                                    MAXIMUM PARTICLES/M³                                                                 US FED STD EQUIV

≥0.1 µm

≥0.2 µm

≥0.3 µm

≥0.5 µm

≥1 µm

≥5 µm

ISO 1

10

2.37

1.02

0.35

0.083

0.0029

ISO 2

100

23.7

10.2

3.5

0.83

0.029

ISO 3

1,000

237

102

35

8.3

0.29

Class 1
ISO 4

10,000

2,370

1,020

352

83

2.9

Class 10
ISO 5

100,000

23,700

10,200

3,520

832

29

Class 100
ISO 6

1.0×106

237,000

102,000

35,200

8,320

293

Class 1,000
ISO 7

1.0×107

2.37×106

1,020,000

352,000

83.200

2,930

Class 10,000
ISO 8

1.0×108

2.37×107

1.02×107

3,520,000

832,000

29,300

Class 100,000
ISO 9

1.0×109

2.37×108

1.02×108

35,200,000

8,320,000

293,000

Room Air

Cleanroom Criteria

Cleanroom Criteria

A lot of standards are determined according to the cleanroom classification. The light fixture type, filter coverage percent, filter efficiency, types of wall system, flooring base and cover, and type of ceiling are determined according to the classification.

There are additional specifications that must be followed for any cleanroom in order to maintain the cleanliness of the environment. Clean room lab notebooks and other paper products, along with wipers, pencils, and other commodities must be screened. If specific cleanroom notebooks are introduced to the cleanroom, they should be removed from the wrapping inside the room and remain in the environment throughout their use.

Cosmetics may be banned from the cleanroom to prevent particles of sodium, silicon, or other particles from forming. Cleaning products and procedures should also be followed, specifically for Class 10,000 cleanrooms. Once the classification of the cleanroom is determined, the requirements should be followed to the letter to ensure optimal cleanliness and a controlled environment.

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Why Every Cleanroom Needs a Cleanroom Notebook

In order to perform their intended function, cleanrooms need to be specially cared for and maintained. Used in industries such as manufacturing, technology, and the sciences, cleanrooms are controlled environments where airborne particles, fumes, and other pollutants are kept at specific levels in order to avoid contamination.

Maintaining such an environment in a way that keeps it free of contamination requires the use of special clothes and equipment, including cleanroom notebooks and paper that are designed specifically for use in such sterile workspaces.

Cleanroom paper

What Makes Cleanroom Notebooks Special?

Cleanroom paper needs to meet two criteria: It needs to be usable in sterile environments without introducing contaminants into the air, while also able to be used functionally in a regular office environment. Notebooks that are being used tend not to stay in one place; they move around and get taken to different rooms, depending on where they are needed.

While most people don’t realize it, bringing regular paper into a cleanroom environment is one of the easiest ways to contaminate it and de-sterilize the area. Regular paper is made of cellulose, or wood pulp and fibers, which gives off a large number of particles into the air. Though these particles are invisible to the naked eye, they are more than enough to compromise a cleanroom. The more a piece of paper is used, the more particulates it gives off.

Despite the dangers of bringing paper into a cleanroom, most people who work in one need something to write on. Since cleanrooms are often the site of experiments, product tests, and experimental development, it is essential for cleanroom workers to be able to record their thoughts and the results of their work in a convenient, timely manner. As such, specially-formulated cleanroom paper is an essential part of every cleanroom environment.

Unlike regular paper, cleanroom paper is made from special low particulate filler and latex-coated fiber. Whereas paper made from cellulose particulates very heavily with use, this specially treated cleanroom paper is designed to give off as few particulates as possible, allowing it to be used safely in sterile spaces.

cleanroom environment

TexeWrite 22 from SNCO

Scientific Notebook Company’s TexeWrite 22 Cleanroom Laboratory Notebooks are the only notebooks on the market made from specially designed synthetic cleanroom bond stationery, making them a tool for taking notes in a sterile work environment. Additionally, each notebook page is sewn and bound with Mylar-sealed covers, and every notebook is cleaned and double packaged to ensure as few contaminants as possible are released through use.

If you work in a cleanroom environment and are concerned with maintaining the integrity of your workspace, then choosing the right writing tools is essential. Scientific Notebook Company understands the importance of cleanrooms and what it takes to keep them clean, functional, and uncontaminated by even the smallest particles.

Want to learn more about SNCO’s specially-created cleanroom notebooks? Contact us today at  800-537-3028 to speak with one of our representatives or to learn more about our special use products.

3 Ways to Make Your Notebook More Personal

If you’re a student, engineer, or scientist, then you probably spend a lot of time with your laboratory notebook. Since you and your notebook are going to be spending so much time in each other’s company, why not put a little effort into making your notebook into something a little more exciting and reflective of your personality?

For those of you out there who want their notebooks to stand out from the crowd, we’ve got three suggestions for how you can make your notebook more personal.

Personalize a notebook

Start a Chronology

If you’re going to be keeping a lot of notebooks, especially on related topics, then this is a simple and convenient way to personalize your notebook and help keep your notebooks straight. Once you start a new notebook, give it a title, volume number, and a start date. You can record this information on the first page, in the top or bottom corner, or as part of a larger design for the cover. It’s up to you!

Create a Cover

Most notebook covers look very similar, making them hard to distinguish from each other and, more importantly, kind of boring to look at. Adding a cover to your notebook is an easy and fun way to make yours stand out and give it a little more character.

If you ever created a cover for your textbooks in high school, you know the deal: Take some construction paper, newspaper, or other paper; arrange it into a large section slightly larger than the notebook when fully opened; fold and tape the ends to create sleeves that slip over the notebook cover and hold it in place.

Be sure to choose something that reflects your personality or to decorate it in a way that shows the world it’s yours. It can be anything from a simple title with your name and address to a showcase for your drawings.

Add Some Pockets

Tired of opening your notebook only to realize that you forgot your pen or pencil? Adding pockets to your notebook is a great way to make sure you always have the writing utensils you need. Just follow these steps:

  1. Measure your notebook’s inside cover; make sure you leave space on the sides of the pockets or else the notebook won’t close.
  2. Cut a piece of paper to meet your measurements, and then attach it to the inside cover with glue squares.
  3. Next, cut out the pockets, leaving about 1 inch of height difference between each one.
  4. Take 2-3 self-seal lamination pockets and tear away the backing; lay the lamination pocket down sticky side up and trim off any excess lamination, using the paper as a guide.
  5. After one side of all the pockets has been laminated, place more glue squares on the sides and bottom of each pocket.
  6. Use the glue squares to attach the pockets to the notebook, stacking them on top of each other.

Personal Notebook

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