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Title:
Patent law essentials : a concise guide
Author:
Durham, Alan L., 1963-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Quorum Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781567202427
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Book

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This consise, up-to-date survey of U.S. patent law uses examples, many from actual cases, to explain the various aspects of the patent system, including issues of patent validity, infringement, the application process, and litigation. Although many large multi-volume patent treatises are already available, this book will serve as a useful overview or starting point for further research. Patent claim interpretation, equivalence, prior art, and the extension of patent protection to non-traditional subject matter such as computer software are covered in detail. Appendixes contain sample U.S. patents.

This consise, up-to-date survey of U.S. patent law uses examples, many from actual cases, to explain the various aspects of the patent system, including issues of patent validity, infringement, the application process, and litigation. Although many large multi-volume patent treatises are already available, this book will serve as a useful overview or starting point for further research. Patent claim interpretation, equivalence, prior art, and the extension of patent protection to non-traditional subject matter such as computer software are covered in detail. Appendixes contain sample U.S. patents.

This guide is suitable as an introduction to the field for non-attorneys, including engineers or business persons with patent-related concerns. Attorneys can also use it as an introduction, a quick reference, or a case-finder. All discussions of the law are supported by citations to authority, including recent decisions by the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. While this study provides a serious and comprehensive analysis of the law, it is presented in the simplest and clearest terms possible.


Author Notes

Alan L. Durham is Professor of Law at the University of Alabama


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
1 Overviewp. 1
1.1 Originsp. 1
1.2 Summary and Roadmapp. 3
1.3 Sources of Lawp. 7
2 Patents Distinguished From Other Rightsp. 9
2.1 Copyrightsp. 9
2.2 Trademarksp. 11
2.3 Trade Secretsp. 11
2.4 Patentsp. 14
3 Reading A Patentp. 15
3.1 General Informationp. 15
3.2 Drawingsp. 17
3.3 Specificationp. 18
3.4 Claimsp. 19
4 Patentable Subject Matterp. 23
4.1 Abstract Ideasp. 24
4.2 Principles of Naturep. 24
4.3 Living Organismsp. 25
4.4 Artistic and Literary Creationsp. 27
4.5 Printed Matterp. 27
4.6 Methods of Doing Businessp. 28
5 Patent Prosecutionp. 31
5.1 Examinationp. 31
5.2 Continuations and Continuations-in-Partp. 33
5.3 Divisional Applicationsp. 35
5.4 Interferencesp. 35
5.5 Reissuep. 36
5.6 Reexaminationp. 38
6 Ownership and Other Rightsp. 41
6.1 Inventorshipp. 41
6.2 Assignmentsp. 43
6.3 Licensesp. 44
7 Interpreting Patent Claimsp. 49
7.1 "Plain Meaning"p. 50
7.2 Specificationp. 51
7.3 Prosecution Historyp. 53
7.4 Other Claimsp. 53
7.5 Validityp. 54
7.6 Preamblesp. 54
7.7 Special Claim Formatsp. 56
8 Conditions of Patentabilityp. 61
8.1 Examination versus Litigationp. 61
8.2 Presumption of Validityp. 62
8.3 Assignor Estoppelp. 63
8.4 Utilityp. 63
8.5 Definitenessp. 66
8.6 Enablementp. 69
8.7 "Best Mode"p. 72
8.8 Written Description Requirementp. 76
8.9 Noveltyp. 80
8.10 Section 102(b) Statutory Barsp. 105
8.11 Other Statutory Bars ([sections] 102(c), (d))p. 111
8.12 Double Patentingp. 112
9 Enforceability Defensesp. 115
9.1 Inequitable Conductp. 115
9.2 Misusep. 119
10 Infringementp. 123
10.1 Patent Termp. 123
10.2 Geographic Limitationsp. 124
10.3 State of Mindp. 125
10.4 Direct and Indirect Infringementp. 125
10.5 Literal Infringementp. 129
10.6 The Doctrine of Equivalentsp. 131
10.7 Equivalence in the Context of Means-Plus-Function Claimsp. 146
10.8 The Reverse Doctrine of Equivalentsp. 148
10.9 Experimental Use Exception to Infringementp. 149
11 Patent Litigationp. 151
11.1 Jurisdiction and Venuep. 152
11.2 Declaratory Judgmentp. 154
11.3 Burden of Proofp. 155
11.4 The Role of Judge and Juryp. 155
11.5 Bifurcationp. 157
11.6 Preliminary Injunctionsp. 158
11.7 Summary Judgmentp. 159
11.8 Remediesp. 160
11.9 The International Trade Commissionp. 171
11.10 Judgments of Invalidityp. 172
12 Special Topicsp. 173
12.1 Design Patentsp. 173
12.2 Plant Patentsp. 176
12.3 Foreign Patentsp. 178
12.4 Patenting Computer Programsp. 179
Note on Sourcesp. 189
Appendix A Sample Utility Patentsp. 191
Appendix B Sample Design Patentsp. 209
Indexp. 225

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