contents
Preface x~
A ck n o~v led gmen ts xix
I
Choose the Right Protection
What Is Meant by the Term "Intellectual Property"? 1
What Are Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Patents? 2
How Have These Forms of Intellectual Property Protection
Evolved in the U.S.? 3
More Information about Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets,
and Patents 7
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Review 36
Annotated References 36
The Types of Patents and Patent
Applications
U.S. Patents 39
Foreign Patents
Review 71
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Annotated References 73
]
The Invention Process
What Is the Invention Process? 75
The United States: A First to Invent Country 80
Proving Conception, Reduction to Practice, and Diligence
Review 85
Annotated References 85
4
Documenting Your Ideas
Laboratory Notebooks 87
Keeping a Laboratory Notebook 88
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The Business and Legal Reasons for Keeping a Notebook 91
Review 94
5
Researching Your Ideas
Searching the Literature 97
Conducting a Search 102
A Brief Word about Prototyping the Invention
Review 107
106
6
Protect Yourself
Avoid Statutory Bars
Review 122
109
Annotated References 123
1
Preparing the Patent Application
Representing Yourself 125
Patent Practitioners 127
Preparing for an Effective Practitioner Interview 131
The Requirements for Patentability 134
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Preparing the Regular Utility Patent Application
Review 149
Annotated References 150
8
Filing and Prosecuting the
Patent Application
Filing the Patent Application 153
The Information Disclosure Statement 170
Patent Pending Status 172
Accelerating the Patent Process 180
Review 184
Annotated References 185
9
Deciding to Patent
Why Are People Interested in Patenting? 187
The Cost of Patenting 188
Making Money with a Patent 190
Preventing Others from Getting a Patent 197
Review 199
Annotated References 199
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Appendix
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Resources 201
Appendix
11
Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries
205
Appendix
111
Tips Regarding Invention Development Firms
209
Appendix
Iv
What the Patent Practitioner Needs
21
1
Index
213

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