Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2011


Antonie Jetter

Course Title

Front End Management for New Product Development

Course Number

ETM 543


This paper seeks to answer the question: “What tools and methods can help with IP evaluation and selection in the Fuzzy Front End (FFE)?” We have analyzed the modern literature and identified a multi-criteria weighted scoring model that can be used to help with the patent decision process. Further, we have identified the key factors to incorporate into this model and obtained weights from a survey sent it to IP professionals. The model was tested through the utilization of three case studies. The results of this evaluation demonstrate that our weighted scoring model can be used as a tool to assist with patent decisions in the Fuzzy Front End.


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