Neha came to know about the JOPAT program where many academic researchers have pursued their interests and given priority to experiments. Determining whether their knowledge and innovation can be converted into a patent, is a case of a solution looking for a problem. A better strategy is for researchers to launch a project to tackle a pressing challenge in their field: a problem looking for a solution.
Neha was interested in turning her existing research into useful patents and did her homework to find out what’s already been achieved commercially, and whether there are any related patents out there, before spending resources on the patenting process. She was dedicated to making aspiring researcher-entrepreneurs potential projects and read reports and surveys to understand market needs.
They should keep in mind the scalability of their idea and monitor news from potential competitors while scouring patent databases. Mentorship is extremely important for researchers like Neha.