iPad is a secure system which allows access to information only with proper permissions. The permissions can be set by specifying individual users or user groups who have access (read or write) to documents, folders, or accounts of interest. The user identity is verified by login information (user name and password).
There are several possible strategies to secure the proof of date and authorship of invention necessary for patent protection. The choice depends on your preference for the balance between investment and risk. From our experience, the three strategies below are currently the most viable:
iPad provides an Electronic Signature service via its integration with Evernote. Simply open the desired document in Evernote and sign it electronically using the EchoSign app. Note, however, that electronically signed documents have not yet been as strongly supported in real-life court cases as their paper-based equivalents (although, electronic signatures are gaining progressively more support in the courts).
In collaboration with Institut Pasteur patent office, we worked out a unique strategy that takes advantage of iPad’s semantic tagging capabilities:
This strategy involves printing all of the sensitive information on special paper . This paper allows to avoid having to attach the printed sheets into a bound notebook. This strategy requires an additional printing expense.
The described strategies can be used either separately or in combination with each other.