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Patents Handbook: A Guide for Inventors and Researchers to Searching Patent Documents and Preparing and Making an Application

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Overview

This work first provides a general overview of the U.S. patent system, covering such issues as the patent document and patent infringement. The requirements of the invention and the conditions for patentability are discussed, detailing the patent application and the approval process. Major patent offices and international patent treaties are next examined, providing a full description of both the U.S. and international patent and classification systems. Methods for searching patent documents, the requirements of a reference, and general patent rights are discussed.

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A businessman offers an overview of the U.S. patent system, which has become a bureaucratic labyrinth. Covers issues such as the patent document, patent infringement, copyrights and trademarks, and trade secrets. Also details the conditions for patentability and the process by which a patent application is approved or denied. Includes a description of the international as well as the U.S. system of patents and classification. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786443215
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2009
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred K. Carr lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction to Patents 1
2 The Invention 15
3 Conditions for Patentability 27
4 The Patent Application 37
5 Claims 51
6 Examination of the Application 59
7 Applicant's Response 77
8 Petition and Appeal 87
9 Allowance, Issue, and Correction 95
10 Interference 105
11 Patents as Information Tools 113
12 Major Patent Offices 123
13 The United States Patent Classification System 127
14 The International Patent Classification System 149
15 Searching Patent Documents 157
16 Requirements of a Reference 185
17 Patent Rights 193
Appendix: Sample Patent 203
Index 219
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