Background and historical perspective about intellectual property
Brief introduction to vocabulary and definitions
Your first decision: trade secret or patent?
What comes first: a provisional or nonprovisional patent application?
Reasons for patent office rejections
Reasons for invalid patents
Examples of patent specifications
Writing the patent application
An examination of claim format
Why you need confidentiality agreements
Practical information about dopyrights and trademarks
Global patent filing and patenting strategy
What academic science faculty should know about patents and copyrights
Intellectual property resources
Book summary and on your own
Responses to questions at end of chapters
This book, based on a short course the author gives for the American Chemical Society, provides the necessary insights, strategies, and examples of how to write a patent so it is not rejected by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) or the patent does not have invalid claims. The author believes he has developed the necessary methodology to make this a reality. Overall, the book's approach can be broken down into the following general themes: (1) Understand the patent examiner's rejection process, (2) Review how a comprehensive literature search should be structured, (3) Educate the patent examiner, (4) Write the specification so one skilled in the art can duplicate your results without undue experimentation. This makes for a practical handbook guiding an inventor through the writing process with examples from issued patents.
Available in another form:
Print version: Waller, Francis J. Writing chemistry patents and intellectual property. Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2011 (DLC) 2011006416 (OCoLC)704380280