Congratulations! Your team has made a critical discovery based on its analysis of your company’s clinical data. You want to file a patent application so that your company can secure patent rights for that discovery. Simple, right? Wrong. Patenting clinical stage inventions requires planning and strategizing to give the patent application its best chance of success. Stephanie Lodise discusses what companies should think about when drafting clinical stage invention patent applications that satisfy the US “novelty” requirement of patentability.