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Design for Patentability (DFP) is a powerful innovative design methodology that is based on a rational and disciplined process. It employs an efficient suite of tools and methods for improving existing products and technologies as well as for developing winning next-generation products.


These approaches can also be used

  • to develop the required functionality,

  • reduce the cost of manufacturing processes,

  • enabling the new and improved products to be brought to market

  • with a very high probability of being patented.


The approach is approved by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and many patent offices.

Design for Patentability® is a trademark of DFP Institute

Design for Patentability® Institute

Affiliations, partnerships and cooperation

  • EU Commission

  • World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT

  • Tufts University


Design for Patentability® Institute is conducting DFP training as well as DFP project facilitation that has resulted in many
hundreds of patented solutions in the USA, South Korea, India, Japan, China, Germany, Italy, Russia and many other countries.


Design for Patentability® is being successfully used by many world leading corporations:
General Electric, Samsung, Hyundai Motor Company, ABB, Siemens, FIAT Group, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,
POSCO, LG, Intel, and many others. It is also a part of a number of engineering programs of the world best universities.


Design for Patentability® Programs are supported by a number of national Patent Offices, for example:

European Patent Office, Patent Office of Poland, Patent Office of South Korea


Design for Patentability  - Level 1

Duration: 5 Day

 Selected Topics:

  • decomposing patent claims, Ghost Components™

  • specifics of Function Analysis of patent claims

  • trimming for patent circumvention:

    • partial trimming

    • Dragon Patents™ and how to deal with them

  • attribute analysis for patent circumvention:

    • types of attributes

    • rules of converting attributes into functions

    • methods of resolving attribute contradictions

  • methods of boosting up NOVELTY criterion

  • methods of boosting up NON-OBVIOUSNESS criterion

  • innovative hybridization and rules for securing the patentability of hybrids

Note: There is 1.5 hours of hands-on practice every day.


- Sergei Ikovenko

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