Inventors should know…
A lab notebook containing accurate records can preserve patent rights. A laboratory notebook should include information such as: how the inventor came up with the idea; when the idea was “reduced to practice;” and evidence of invention such a hard copy of e-mail communications.
Two of the most visible inventions from the last two centuries were disputed in court as to who invented it first. Philo Farnsworth invented the television and RCA argued against the patent.
A few tips on maintaining a laboratory notebook:
1. Use permanently bound, numbered laboratory notebook
2. Describe the work so that it can be repeated in your absence
3. Write in ink
4. Permanently attach any printouts
5. Have your notebook witnessed regularly