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Not So Obvious: An Introduction to Patent Law and Strategy Paperback – September 3, 2011


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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466269812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466269811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Schox is a Registered Patent Attorney and the founding member of Schox Patent Group, a boutique patent firm devoted to startup ventures. Drawing on his experience in patent law and angel investing, he builds patent portfolios that enable startups to increase value and attract funding. His clients have attracted investments from high-profile venture capital firms, including Bessemer, DFJ, Founders Fund, Greylock, Khosla, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia, and Union Square. With degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, he has filed over 500 patent applications on a broad range of cutting-edge inventions.

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This book is as advertised - an excellent introduction to patent law.
Colin O'Flynn
The thing I like most about this book is its length, which is exactly what it needs to be.
RevMen
This is an extremely good book for beginner very simple and interesting language.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By iamthestig on September 12, 2011
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Similar to the other reviewer, I had an earlier version of the book for one of Schox's (excellent) classes at the University of Michigan. In the book, Schox manages to take a topic both legally and technically complex and distill it in such a way that those new to patent law can understand it. Yet, at the same time, he maintains a level of sophistication and nuance that allows one knowledgable in the subject to gain valuable perspective on the legal precedents and historical contexts in which the patent world functions. If one is looking for an easy-to-read, but wonderfully informative, introduction to patent law, the decision should be obvious...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MT on August 8, 2013
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The book provides a straightforward presentation of patent basics. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a short, accessible overview of the topic.

Quibbles:
It is apparently self-published and lacks some of the polish (and editing) that a professional publisher may provide. Missing are a glossary and, especially, an index - these should be provided in any future editions.

There are a handful of long (several pages) quotations of Supreme or District Court decisions that I felt should be abbreviated. The discussion of independent and dependent claims on p. 124-125 should be better organized. I don't think the book adequately explains claim limitations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin O'Flynn on February 27, 2014
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This book is as advertised - an excellent introduction to patent law. I was interested in something a little more deep though... I'm not a lawyer & hadn't planned on drafting anything, but wanted a more nuanced understanding of how patents get overturned after years of being on the books etc. I had bought this book along with "Invention Analysis and Claiming" by Slusky, and between the two of them found Slusky's book to leave me more satisfied about the details of the claims, although it's also much longer! Ultimately happy with this purchase too though, as it includes lots of condensed information about the entire ecosystem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manu Singh on December 8, 2012
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I was privileged enough to be in Professor Schox's ME208 Patent Law class at Stanford. This book (which is for that class) provides a great overview of patent law and strategy. HIGHLY recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tellmemore on October 8, 2012
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An amazingly fluid and complete primer on patent law, including the changes coming next year by the USPTO. Jeff is a leading patent attorney in the bay area and his experience in the industry really shows in the text. Its an easy read and a great book to just have on your shelves. Buy one now!
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This is a great book that is comprehensive enough for the novice to be able to understand all the basics about patents. Even for those who know a fair amount, or even a great amount, this book is guaranteed to show you some things you do not know. The author is highly knowledgeable and it all comes through the text. There are no wasted chapters, pages, or sentences. This is a very clear-cut walk through of the US patent system that includes everything that someone without a law-degree has yet to know.
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