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September 11, 2008 9650060375 978-9650060374
This step-by-step guide to the patent process answers all your questions: . What is a patent? . What can be patented? . Who may apply for a patent? . What specifications, models, or exhibits must accompany a patent application? . How long does a patent application take? . How can denied applications be appealed? . What rights are granted by a patent? . and many others — all in simple, easy-to-understand language.

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Produced by the Patent and Trademark Office and written in clear language that doesn't require a lawyer to interpret, this is an important resource for inventors looking to protect their valuable work.

This step-by-step guide to the patent process answers all your questions:

* What is a patent? * What can be patented? * Who may apply for a patent? * What specifications, models, or exhibits must accompany a patent application? * How long does a patent application take? * How can denied applications be appealed? * What rights are granted by a patent? * and many others. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: BN Publishing (September 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9650060375
  • ISBN-13: 978-9650060374
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just The Facts, M'am May 21, 2002
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This little book is an invaluable reference to patent facts and law. Although published by a third party, it was originally a government issued publication and is one of those crystal-clear presentations that has obviously been crutinized and clarified to the max. Most of the books on getting a patent and cashing in on your invention are so packed with ancillary information that the really basic (and important) information is buried.
This book is very easy to read and addresses all frequently asked questions, as well as anything that would be important to your quest for a patent. I like the bit about how to get a patent if the inventor is insane. Aren't all inventors a bit "like that"?
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Beginner March 20, 2001
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This book provides a thorough overview of the patent process and the US Patent and Trademark Office. It was wonderful for a beginner. There were ten pages alone dedicated to the specifications and limitations for drawings and photographs to put in a patent application. For someone who knows nothing about the process, this is a great introduction. It also refers to other publications by the government and locations to get samples of some of the forms. I feel comfortable now to move on to reading other books about the patent process.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Reference July 15, 2002
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This book is nice reference for people who want to learn more about the patent process. For prospective inventors, this book details the steps one needs to take in order to apply for a patent. If you are serious about applying for a patent, I would not recommend using this book as a sole reference, but as a starting point.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete book March 12, 2003
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This book gives a decent description of patents, but it's out of date. For example, it says the head of the patent office is called "Commissioner" when that was changed and the head is called "Director" and the "Commissioner" is actually the third in rank (second is "Deputy Director"). The book says the USPatent Office handles 200,000 patent applications, but the number is actually closer to 300,000. There have been significant changes in the patent laws such as publication of applications, 20 year terms, WTO related provisions, NAFTA related provisions, WIPO and PCT related provisions, etc. that do not appear. So, take this book as background information only and know that in many instances it is obsolete. Recognize that patents are not a "do-it-yourself" activity if you want decent protection. See a patent attorney if you want accurate, up to date advice and worthwhile coverage. Stay away from the invention submission/promotion companies.
Bruce Burdick, Registered Patent Attorney No. 27,422
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction May 19, 2003
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This book offers a simple, straightforward interoduction to patent law. If you are starting from scratch, this is a good place to start. There isn't much "how to" in this book, so it's probably best for someone who plans to work with a patent lawyer or service.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A convenient concise OVERVIEW April 5, 2005
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This is quick 85-page overview of the patent process. It provides the key steps, requirements, and definitions in very plain terms (almost in the same style of language as the IRS's 1040EZ instructions). However, it steers clear from giving ADVICE. If you need advice, try Patent It Yourself, from Nolo Press.

Some of the information in this slim volume can be found at [...] But this book brings it together in a very convenient and affordable package. It is worth the modest price!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Designed with the lay reader in mind March 11, 2001
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This practical handbook is designed with the lay reader in mind and provides a simple handbook for understanding patents and how to apply for one. From general information about the office which controls patents to details on what can be patented and how to register one, Patents And How to Get One is filled with important facts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patent book review March 1, 2009
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The primary limitation of this book is that it is out of date. Patent law has undergone significant change in recent years. It is best to use a book that is current.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars To long a go for me to remember. But, am sure I got what I wanted or...
So long ago I can not remember, but need to know books are great and I am sure this one met my temporary need to give explanation to others.
Published 28 days ago by Betty J Besson Stulc
5.0 out of 5 stars Again A Boat-Load Of Info To Make You a Winner If You Follow It then...
A terrific book to walk laypersons through the U.S. Patent office including how to proceed in case you first try doesn't pan out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claudia Strasbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the Dept. of Commerce!!
They got something right... This small pamphlet (87 pages) can be read in a weekend. I did it. A lot of good stuff in here. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dwight
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book- outside of my price range
Explains in detail whats required to get a patent, but doesn't explain how to get large companies interested in building/manufacturing your product.
Published 13 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars I should have read this 30 years ago !
This book gets right to the point and doesnt waste your time. It takes you there fast and now all you do is reap the benifits
Published 15 months ago by Bruce Flint
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Helpful Book
This book has started me on a path to understanding patents and patent law, albeit to a somewhat basic extent. Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by Nick
3.0 out of 5 stars Small Handbook
This is a small and basic handbook. No details and step-by-step instructions.Probably something you can do without.
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Published on February 2, 2009 by Anna Lythgoe
2.0 out of 5 stars It's OK for a quick read
This little booklet provides the most basic information about patents. I bought it thinking that it would be a good thing to supply new employees at my company. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by Michael S
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
An easy read.... this book gives a quick introduction to intellectual property rights and application procedures. Not nearly as helpful as some other, thicker, "How to" books.
Published on May 12, 2007 by Jonathan G. Rosen
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