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Protecting your ideas : the inventor's guide to patents
Bryant, Joy L.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxi, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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T339 .B92 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Small Business-Patents
T339 .B92 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
T339 .B92 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Intellectual property law is currently exploding, as demonstrated by the growth of technology transfer offices in universities. More and more scientists, companies, and institutions are rushing to secure intellectual property rights for their ideas and inventions. This process frustrates many people; patent laws are constantly changing, and most books about them are either overly technical or boring.

Protecting Your Ideas: The Inventor's Guide to Patents is a succinct, straightforward guide to the system. This guide presents the steps involved in obtaining patent protection for inventions. It is easy to read and brimming with essential information and advice compounded from FAQs posed by the author's academic and industrial clientele. The text includes tips, warnings, and examples that guide the reader through the invention process so patent rights are not jeopardized. Checklists and other helpful information are provided to assist the inventor preparing to enter the patent process. The book includes valuable resource information and business guidance to protect the inventor from consumer fraud that is sometimes associated with the patent process. Protecting and Idea is a must read for every engineer, scientist, or amateur inventor.

Author Notes

Registered to practice as an agent before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Joy L. Bryant is currently in private practice in Virginia and is the Founder and President of the National Association of Patent Practitioners

Table of Contents

Choose the Right Protection
The Types of Patents and Patent Applications
The Invention Process
Documenting Your Ideas
Researching Your Ideas
Protect Yourself
Preparing the Patent Application
Filing and Prosecuting the Patent Application
Deciding to Patent
Appendix I Resources
Appendix II Patent & Trademark Depository Libraries
Appendix III Tips Regarding Invention Development Firms
Subject Index