Don’t leave it to the lawyers.
That may sound odd, coming from an attorney, but the development of your patent portfolio is too important a strategical component of your business for you to pass off the entire responsibility to someone else. Knowing how patent rights are created, managed and exploited is a management skill as important to your success as learning to read a balance sheet.
Well-informed project managers are better equipped to communicate effectively with their patent attorney if they have an understanding of what is at stake. Find out what you need to know in Patents for Business: The Manager’s Guide to Scope, Strategy, and Due Diligence.