Is the invention patentable?
Preliminary novelty search
Evaluate patentability under U.S. rules
Who is/are the inventor(s)?
Is the invention valuable?
Barrier to entry
Source of royalty income
Is patenting appropriate?
Long economic life?
Patent pending--FUD, creates asset
Publication, only if file outside U.S.
Secrecy--string of related applications
Cost of enforcement, inventors win 80%
Impact of Goverment license