Patent application is a long process, it is important to ascertain that research direction, technology trend, patent application and business objectives are always aligned together. During patent application stage, examiner may have objections to the patent application and applicant may have to change the scope of patent claims, applicant should review their patent application to see if it still aligns with research direction, technology trend and business objectives. When the patent is finally granted, the scope of the claims may be different from the scope of the claims when the patent application was first filed. It is recommended to evaluate the granted patent again to see if it still fits within the IP Portfolio and aligns with business strategy and objectives.
Business model and strategy may change as business environment changes, and IP Portfolio Planning should be conducted to ensure that IP portfolio is align with business strategy and objectives.