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What you invent is yours to profit from. So says Howard B. Rockman, author of Wiley-Interscience's IIEEE Press offering Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists. But you may not profit if you don't know how to protect your intellectual property. That's where Rockman's book comes in. He is himself a patent attorney, and his very thorough presentation will show you how to reap the benefits of your creations for years to come. What's more, this outstanding book is very readable!
The author begins with an overview of intellectual property law, defining specific vehicles and which form of protection to use. Next, he discusses the use of intellectual property in business by defining the objectives and strategies to use. Then, the author explains how to read and obtain information (information page, drawings, specification, claims, and warning) from a modern U.S. patent. Next, he gives a brief history of patent protection by disclosing the types of patent coverage. Then, the author presents what constitutes patentable subject matter and utility, followed by a discussion of statutory requirements and the requirement of non-obviousness for patentability. Next, he shows you how the patenting process works and goes on to cover novelty searches, infringement searches, and database searches.
Moving on to the actual mechanics of obtaining a patent, Rickman shows you how to file an application. Then, he introduces you to patent claims and discusses the prosecution of a patent application. After covering the design of patents, he goes on to discuss the protection of computer-related inventions and the patentability of biotechnology inventions. Next, he shows you how to use business method protection and introduces you to foreign patent protection. Then, he explains the enforcement of patent rights are enforced; the ownership and transfer of patent rights; employment contract provisions relating to intellectual property and non-compete restrictions. Next, the author explains ethics and what engineers and scientists do as expert witnesses. Then, he presents a brief history of copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Finally, he defines the subject matter of mask work protection, trade secrets, trademarks, and cybersquatting.
This excellent book is worth its weight in gold, or more, by virtue of the fact that it will make sure that you continue to profit from your hard work. Furthermore, this can be accomplished with only a few simple requirements: read this book, keep it close at hand, and use it every time you have the great fortune to have something wonderfully new to protect! John R. Vacca
John R. Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written nearly 40 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.