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The Engineering Notebook

      Keep a Contemporaneous Engineering Notebook

      That means, Write EVERYTHING Down, even include a dentist appointment; that's what helps make it a believable Legal Document

      So keep the notebook up to date and have it Witnessed often by those whom you trust, and understand your work.

      This can mean the difference between Owning the Patent Rights to your Work, or NOT!  Also, it can jog the old memory and reduce the number of times you do the same tests. "...gee, have I already done that..."

      Of course, It Don't Hurt  when Final Reports are Due!

      So Anticipate the Patent Application process: use a Legally and Scientifically Accepted Format. 

      Here's How:

      (1) Use a Bound (stitched binding) notebook. DO NOT use a loose leaf or Spiral bound notebook!

      (2) Entries Should be in Permanent Ink--Not Pencil.

      (3) The Title, Project Number, and Book Number should be accurately recorded when starting a New Page.

      (4) All data is to be recorded directly into the notebook. The inclusion of all elaborate details is preferable. Notes and calculations should be done in the notebook, NOT on loose paper. In the case of an error, draw a single line through the incorrect data. Do Not Erase or use correction fluid. All corrections should be initialed and dated.

      (5) After entering your data, sign and date all entries. Witness or witnesses should sign and date each entry. The witness must observe the work that is done, and have sufficient knowledge to understand what they read. Names of all who were present during any demonstration should also be recorded.

      (6) Use Both sides of a Page.
      Never leave any White Space: "X" out or Crosshatch all unused space, and don't forget to initial & date same.

      (7) All contents of the notebook should be kept strictly Confidential. It should be kept in a Protected place to safeguard against Loss.



A source of Laboratory Notebooks: The Dollar Store, or  http://www.bookfactory.com/    (a little on the expensive side).

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