Do you, in your own or in the businessís name, own a patent that you actively use as part of the business?
Do you, in your own or in the businessís name, own a copyright that you actively use as part of the business?
Does your business design things to be sold, whether or not those designs are patentable or copyrightable?
Approximately, what percent of your sales come from things you have designed?
Do you specifically and directly encourage employees to suggest ideas for new products or services, or better ways to produce or distribute your products or services?
Does your business give bonuses or special recognition to employees who come up with useful ideas that you are able to turn into improved products, services, designs, or processes? Is that bonuses, recognition or both?
In the last year, how many different employees received such recognition or bonuses?
Do you have any employees including yourself whose primary job is to develop new products, services, designs, or processes?
Would it be most accurate to describe your business as a producer of technology, an extensive user of technology, or as one that avoids technology whenever possible?
(reason to avoid technology) Technology costs too much.
Volume 5, Issue 6, 2005
ISSN - 1534-8326
William J. Dennis, Jr.
NFIB Research Foundation
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