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Managing Your Intellectual Property Assets by Scott Shane

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Using a Patent

As a technology strategist, you also need to understand how to use patents effectively. This chapter discusses two important issues: the use of multiple patents to protect technology and the use of the legal system to enforce patents.

Picket Fences and Brackets

Although you might try to obtain a broad patent with strong claims to protect your invention, such patents are not always possible. As a result, you might want to apply for more than one patent to protect your new product or service. For example, if you run a biotechnology company that has invented a new drug, you might try to patent both the molecule itself and the process for producing it.

If you cannot get a single broad patent to protect your invention, then building ...

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