A laboratory notebook is a vital record of events leading to a patentableinvention. The recorded information can establish dates of conception andreduction to practice of a technology as well as the inventorship of apatent claiming the technology. Below are fourteen rules you should followwhen keeping lab notebooks.

#1 � Do use bound books
Inventors should use permanently bound notebooks, e.g., notebooks withspiral or glue
bindings. If loose-leaf sheets are used, they should be consecutivelynumbered and each page should be dated, signed, and witnessed.

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