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Patents and Strategic Inventing: The Corporate Inventor’s Guide to Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage by Nicholas Nissing

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CHAPTER 2WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PATENTABILITY AND INVENTORSHIP

Our friends and colleagues in the legal profession have many wonderful talents and contribute immensely to our discussion of patents. Unfortunately, simple language and ease of understanding are not hallmarks of legal discussions. Many peculiar words are used when writing patents. It’s even acceptable to make up new words or assign new meanings to words that are in common use. Many new inventors are discouraged by these complications—such as when their attorney tells them their idea “isn’t nonobvious enough.” As it turns out, there are a few words and definitions that you do need to know, but not as many as you might think. Learning these words can greatly improve your ease of ...

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