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Nolo's Patents for Beginners,9780873377737

Nolo's Patents for Beginners

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Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 8/1/2001
Publisher(s): Nolo.Com
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Summary

Packed with plain-English explanations and step-by-step instructions, Nolo's Patent for Beginners clearly defines what a patent is and why an inventor needs one. The book shows readers:
-- how to document an invention for maximum protection
-- how to tackle the patent-searching and patent-application processes
-- who owns a patent
-- how to avoid patent infringement
-- and more

The 2nd edition provides the latest information on patent applications, the publication of patents after 18 months, changes in international rules and more.

Author Biography

David Pressman has over 40 years of experience in the patent profession -- as a patent attorney, an examiner for the U.S. Patent Office and a university instructor Rich Stim is an intellectual property and licensing attorney

Table of Contents

Introduction
Organization of Text
2(1)
Icons Used in This Book
3(1)
Patents and Intellectual Property Law
What Is a Patent?
3(1)
The Three Types of Patents
4(1)
Patent Rights
5(1)
The Requirements for Obtaining a Patent
5(1)
How Long Do Patent Rights Last?
6(1)
How Patent Rights Can Be Lost
7(1)
Intellectual Property---The Big Picture
7(1)
Trademarks
8(1)
Copyright
9(3)
Trade Secrets
12(4)
Unfair Competition
16
Qualifying for a Patent
Legal Requirements for a Utility Patent
2(1)
Statutory Classes
3(4)
Utility
7(2)
Novelty and Prior Art
9(8)
Nonobviousness
17(8)
Legal Requirements for a Design Patent
25(1)
Legal Requirements for a Plant Patent
25
Invention Documentation
The Importance of Documentation
2(1)
Lab Notebook
3(3)
Invention Disclosure
6(1)
Documenting Conception: Disclosure Document Program (DDP)
6(2)
Documenting Reduction to Practice: Provisional Patent Application
8(1)
Trade Secret Considerations
9
Patent Searching
Principles of Patent Searching
2(1)
Hiring a Patent Searcher
3(2)
Do It Yourself Searching
5
Reading and Writing Patents
Elements of a Patent
3(1)
Invention and Inventor Data
3(1)
Specification
3(11)
Claims
14(5)
Abstract
19(1)
Drawings
20(3)
Preparation of a Patent Application
23
Patent Prosecution and the PTO
Patent Prosecution: The Road to Allowance
2(10)
Responding to a Final Office Action
12(2)
Additional Application Issues
14(3)
Design Patent Prosecution
17
Patent Ownership
The Inventor Is Initial Owner of Patent Rights
2(1)
Employee Inventions
2(5)
Joint Owners
7
Patent Infringement
What Is Patent Infringement?
3(5)
Who Can Sue, Who Can Be Sued?
8(1)
Stopping Patent Infringement
8(5)
Defenses to Patent Infringement
13(5)
Ending Disputes Without a Lawsuit
18
International Patent Law
Introduction to Foreign Patent Treaties and Laws
2(4)
Putting It Together: The Most Common Route for U.S. Inventors Seeking Foreign Patent Coverage
6(1)
The Paris Convention and the One-Year Foreign Filing Rule
6(2)
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
8(3)
European Patent Office (EPO)
11(1)
Locating Foreign Patent Agents
12
Help Beyond This Book
Inventor Resources
2(1)
Patents and Intellectual Property Resources
3(3)
Working With an Attorney
6
Glossary
Index

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