A really hefty book clocking in at more than 600 pages this covers just about anything you can think of in regards to getting a patent. It covers the following: . determine if you can patent your invention . understand patent law . evaluate the commercial potential of your idea . perform your own patent search . file a provisional patent application . prepare a formal patent application . respond to patent examiners . amend an application . enforce and maintain your patent . market and license your invention
The book is a new updated version and is very thorough and well laid out. The problem with this kind of book is that you need to buy the updates since the laws change so often with concern to intellectual property and such. So if you are ready to get a patent now, then pick up the book it will help you tremendously. If you are still some time away, then wait until you really need it because there could be changes in law from one year to the next.
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An enormously comprehensive collection of information23 octobre 2012
I've often heard good things about Nolo Press books, but this is the first one I've had and I'm blown away by its comprehensiveness. It's essentially a ream of paper containing everything from Patent 101 (the types of patents) to applying, documenting, enforcing your intellectual property.
It's very up to date - discussing the new patent laws put in place in fall of 2011, some of which kicked in just weeks ago.
It's written in a fairly casual, easy to read style, but you have to be focused - it's not a Dummies' book filled with cartoon figures and lots of white space and clip art. It's more of a textbook, albeit one with numerous diagrams, examples, flowcharts, and samples of all the forms related to your patent pursuit. The author is encouraging, but also honest, explaining how it is not likely that a patent is a road to quick riches.
I particularly enjoyed the information related to internet Domain names, and computer software. I like how the author honestly explains the differences between patents and copyrights - the latter of which are quicker, easier to get, and longer-lived but do not always provide as broad of a scope.
Some other interesting things I learned: I had never realized that (in most cases) you can't document your invention with photographs. At a minimum, you have to scan and trace a photo such that it appears more like a diagram from a draftsman. And one of the introductory items that struck a chord with me was understanding that the term "patent protection" is not really accurate. A patent is purely an offensive mechanism for going after infringers, but it offers no "protection" unto itself. He refers to this as "offensive rights".
I think I learned at least as much in the first hour with this book as I did sitting through several IP sessions at work, and having gone through the patent process many times myself (through the corporate legal team - I've never attempted to do the process on my own... yet.) Speaking of which, there's a very helpful couple of pages discussing how to deal with inventions made while employed; when the employer has a right to it and when they don't - which is unfortunately not always clear. Just as with the example in the book, my employer basically says anything I create (perhaps even this review!) during my employment is theirs, but of course we know that's not completely true, and there's a good overview to this in the book.
In summary - if you want a comprehensive reference, this book is 5-stars all the way. If you're looking for something fast and friendly and want pretty pages full of attractive, modern layouts with plenty of color and whitespace (as I, admittedly, often do) or something you can ingest in a sitting or two, then this might not be the book for you. But if you're a serious inventor, and even if you use an attorney, this book should be in your personal library to help you better understand the process.
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I have a patent, and applied for another both times using an attorney. I was curious about what it would take for me to file on my own to save thousands of dollars. This book made it quite evident to me that although I could do it myself, it would be extraordinarily complicated, and if I made a mistake, I could jeopardize getting a well deserved patent. So I decided, after reading this tome,that I'd leave my filings to experts. That said, if you're very tenacious, and can't afford to hire a patent attorney, this book could be your just what you need.
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Everything you need!12 décembre 2012
M. L Strickland
- Publié sur Amazon.com
This book will be invaluable whether you use an attorney for your patent or not. My experience is that even if you are working with an attorney, you are going to have to guide him and it will be extremely helpful for you to understand the process.
If you have not gone through the process, this will take a lot of study, though. However, the book is very thorough so it has everything in it you need to be successful. Remember, you are saving a LOT of money, so your payback will be quite substantial. One reviewer wrote that his attorney told him it would cost $5,000 to file for a patent. From what I have seen, that is a low estimate. The cost will go up very time the patent office comes back with objections or questions plus it is dependent on a relatively straight forward patent search. Also, if your patent is at all complicated to write, it will cost more. I am a co-inventor on a patent that cost my company $80,000 to get granted, but it was a pretty complicated patent. Later, we modified the patent to incorporate some new ideas and added to the bill.
Here are some suggestions to keep in mind as you go through the book:
Get the full text of some patents that are in the same category and of a similar complexity to yours and study them to see how they are written. There is a style of writing a patent that you need to follow. Some legalese, and a particular method of describing the invention. You can get these texts free off of the Internet now.
One aspect of the writing style that seems unnecessary to many people is the way the the "embodiment" is described multiple times with slight variations in it each time. The idea is to think of as many ways to implement the same idea as possible and include them in the description. You will see this when you read through some patents. You want to tie up the idea as completely as possible in your patent.
Do your own patent search, looking to see if anyone has patented your idea or something very similar. If your idea is an obvious extension of a previous patent, yours will not be granted. Save yourself a lot of work and cost.
If you do your own patent drawings, study the drawings of granted patents. Nolo also has a book on how to make patent drawings. Again, there is a specific style that patent examiners are used to and are looking for.
Expect that your initial patent application will be turned down with some objections listed. Don't let that bother you, since it seems to be part of the process. Just answer the objections and file it for re-examination. You may have to do this several times. The book explains this. It is not a new application, however, since the same examiner will get it back. You have to be persistent.
Also, expect the review process to be SLOW! A year or two to get the patent granted is not unusual.
I just wish I had a copy of this book 10 years ago!
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Desperately needs an update after 2013 law changes23 décembre 2013
- Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
After the law changed in early 2013, much of what this book recommends is wrong. It spends many pages telling you how to keep an inventor's notebook; which is useless under the new law. I'm shocked Nolo hasn't updated it already.