Patent Law Essentials: A Concise Guide / Edition 2

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Business has always been driven by ingenuity and innovation. Now, more than ever, with an economy built on knowledge work and intangible value, developing—and protecting—intellectual property is vital for individuals and organizations alike. This book presents a brief but thorough survey of U.S. patent law, presented in the clearest possible terms for nonspecialists—including scientists, engineers, business managers, and entrepreneurs—as well as students and practitioners of patent and intellectual property law. Drawing from both practical and academic experience, Alan Durham explains the basis of patent law and covers such topics as the application process, claim interpretation, the requirements of novelty and non-obviousness, disclosure requirements (such as enablement and best mode), and infringement—including infringement under the controversial doctrine of equivalents. Complex legal issues are explained through in-depth examples, many borrowed from actual cases, and feature such timely topics as patent protection of computer software, business methods, and biological materials. This revised and updated edition discusses recent developments in the law and draws from the most current case authority. Used as an introduction to the topic or a handy desk reference, this book will be an indispensable guide to the dynamics and mechanics of patent law.

Durham illustrates complex legal issues through dozens of in-depth examples, many borrowed from actual cases. Of particular interest are cases involving patent disputes over computer software, business practices, and biological materials. From building a better mousetrap to building a better mouse, Patent Law Essentials defines the coverage and limitations of patent law and its protections, and shows how they are applied in the courts and in practical application. This revised and updated edition discusses recent developments in the law and draws from the most current case authority. Used as an introduction to the topic or a handy desk reference, this book will be an indispensable guide to the dynamics and mechanics of patent law.

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Editorial Reviews

Presents the essentials of patent law in simple terms with the aim of explaining the law by example, often with references to actual cases. Topics covered include patent validity, infringement, the application process, and litigation. The book is aimed at non-lawyers, such as engineers and business people, as well as at lawyers who need an introduction or quick reference to patent law. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275982058
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ALAN L. DURHAM is Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he teaches in the areas of intellectual property, antitrust, and torts. A native of California's Silicon Valley, he practiced law there from 1989 to 1998, primarily in the field of high-technology patent litigation. He has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

1 Overview 1
2 Patents distinguished from other rights 9
3 Reading a patent 15
4 Patentable subject matter 23
5 Patent prosecution 31
6 Ownership and other rights 43
7 Interpreting patent claims 51
8 Conditions of patentability 67
9 Enforceability defenses 127
10 Infringement 135
11 Patent litigation 171
12 Special topics 195
App. A Sample utility patents 213
App. B Sample design patents 231
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