PROVEN PROPER and legal format

Over the years, Scientific Notebook’s permanently-bound laboratory notebooks have stood the test of time as the most suitable format for research work and patent verification. In a digital age you are still required to use bound notebooks to record your patent work.

The standard page format has provision for all the essential elements for proper witnessing and dating of entries. The pages in all scientific notebooks come numbered. Catalog numbers 2001, 1001, 1201, and 502 use the standard page format. For more specialized applications our #3001 scientific notebook has different signature blocks. An introductory page provides the researcher with a brief summary, this is located at the front of the notebook..

The hard-bound volumes are Smyth-sewn to avoid the problems of loose materials and lost or substituted pages. A regular, systematic approach to data gathering and recording is in itself strong evidence in support of valuable patent claims.

All papers used in these notebooks are acid free. The Hard cover 2001HC and 3001HC are printed on 70-pound white 100% recycled paper. Our oversized hard 160HC are printed on 70-pound white paper. The flush trimmed notebooks like #2001 are printed on a 60-pound white paper.

Scientific notebook utilizes a binding method known as Smyth sewing. This is the premier choice for sewing library quality books. These books lay-flatter than the other sewing methods out there. Most competitors claim to be Smyth sewn, put one of our books next to theirs, and you will be amazed by the difference.

It’s not really SMYTH® sewn unless it’s sewn on a SMYTH® machine.

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Under U. S. law a patent is granted to the first to file. This was changed from the first to conceive the idea for the invention. The America Invents Act (AIA), enacted in 2011, transitioned the U.S. patent system from “first to invent” to a ‘first inventor to file” system. This means that a person or entity who first files a patent application for an invention is typically granted the patent rights, regardless of who actually invented it first. So a laboratory notebook is a physical record that can serve as proof and will never be effected by electronic failures or data loss. Inventors should now try and file for a patent as soon as its determined their invention is patentable. When properly kept, a laboratory notebook permanently records, for future proof, what was done on a project, and particularly what inventions were made. Use a book with permanently bound pages. Spiral or comb bound books are not suitable for use in court. Make all entries with ink. The intent of all entries is proving in court such facts, as the idea conception, model tests, and the test results. If an invention is made the dates of “conception” and “reduction to practice” are essential. The record must show there no abandonment between these dates. Avoid making negative notes such as “No good”, “Doesn’t work ” which might be later construed as indicating you were abandoning the idea. Generally a sketch and a brief written description are enough to establish conception. Reduction to practice needs construction and successful testing of a device incorporating the invention. At any time before or after a patent has been issued, another applicant for a patent on the same invention may start a contest called an “interference”, to determine who was the first inventor. Each party can offer depositions and documents to prove their dates of conception and reduction to practice. The patent for the invention is then awarded in accordance with the facts proven by this evidence. Even if a patent application is not made on the subject matter of a research project it may become important to prove what was done. Others may obtain a patent on subject matter reduced to practice during the project and sue for patent infringement. The earlier notebook record would provide a defense. Sometimes it may be desirable to prove whether or not an invention occurred in the course of a specific research project. Entries should show which project the work applies to. Include all formula or diagrams, sketches of circuits and equipment that were considered during the project, including the ones actually built and tested. Diagrams and sketches should have information to identify and explain the subject matter. Another investigator, by examining these entries, should be able to determine the nature of the project, when it started, what ideas were considered what compounds made or circuits and equipment actually built and tested, the test results, the dates with respect to all of the above, and the final conclusions. Always sign and date pages when full. Don’t leave blank areas on a page. At least one other worker, who is competent to understand the work, should regularly examine and witness the entries by signing and dating each page examined. This person should not be a co-worker or joint inventor. All letters, sketches, photos, charts or computer printouts pertinent to the project should be permanently put in the notebook with your initials and date. Notations should be made of the progress and completion of compounds, assemblies or models that are being prepared for testing. These entries should make clear, as by reference to a previous sketch, as to how the compound or equipment is being made. The date of successful testing of a compound or particular setup or piece of equipment i.e.; “reduction to practice”, is of utmost importance. Notations of such tests should be made, with the compound or equipment being identified, and with comments concerning the results of the test. Make tables of the test data if possible. Don’t erase. Cross out errors and make a new entry. Entries should not be changed at a later date. Make a new entry, pointing out any change.

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