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Patent Processes

Introduction

This is not a “how-to” book, but only an introduction to the subjects treated under the rubric of contract. There are several how-to books out there but the first and the best is by San Francisco patent attorney David Pressman (Pressman 2009). Pressman’s 15th Edition of Patent It Yourself has just been published (May 2011). Not all patent processes have a direct connection to the subject of contract, but the major parts of the process are surveyed here for continuity.

Referring to the semantics of invention, the common use of the term is a secondary dictionary definition of something invented or developed. Patent professionals and their clients often use the term to mean something that meets the statutory requirements ...

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