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One of the Amazon leadership principles is "invent and simplify", so I suppose Amazon encourages their employees to be creative and to fill new patent applications. I have heard a rumour about puzzle pieces and I would like to know more about it.

How did that original way of awarding employees begin? What do the puzzle pieces look like? Are they unique pieces that fit among them? In that case, how many pieces do you need to complete the puzzle?

  • I suspect this is off topic as it isn’t really about the patenting process outside is something specific to Amazon. Most big companies have a patent award system of some sort. – Eric Shain Jul 11 '18 at 1:28
  • I'm just curious about the inspiring ways to build a creative atmosphere that encourages patent filling and prosecution. Amazon has a special interest for me, because I think they do not give a monetary reward (I may be wrong). I do not know the details (that's why I posted the question), but the romour that I heard about Amazon implies that their employees are more involved in the patenting process than others in software big companies. And puzzle pieces change with each step in the patent process. – David Jul 11 '18 at 6:46
  • Unless an Amazon employee sees your question you aren’t likely to get an answer here. In any case, I still believe the question isn’t a good fit for this site which is about the actual filing and understanding of patents. – Eric Shain Jul 11 '18 at 12:55
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    quora.com/… I do work with Amazon and have not heard anything about monetary rewards. Also, at other places with significant financial incentives team leads routinely try to add their entire team as inventors so they all get credit, I do not see that at Amazon. – BobtheMagicMoose Jul 20 '18 at 13:32
  • At my former company the patent attorneys decided who was listed as an inventor, not team leaders. Only investors get a monetary award. – Eric Shain Jul 22 '18 at 16:42

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