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The Patent Process Paperback – December 15, 2001

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A simple, straightforward guide to the ins and outs of the modern patent process

In the information age, intellectual property is often as valuable as–– if not more valuable than–– any physical asset a company or an entrepreneur can possess. But protecting your intellectual property is vitally important to your future success, no matter how brilliant your idea.

Large businesses and corporations typically have their own patent attorneys to deal with intellectual property issues–– a luxury most small businesses and entrepreneurs can’t afford. If you have intellectual property to protect, but you lack the resources of a major company, then The Patent Process is for you. Written for individuals, entrepreneurs, and small companies, it provides readers with a solid introduction to patents and other forms of intellectual property, without becoming exhaustive and overly complicated. It clearly and concisely explains the things you need to know to understand the patent process and make it work for you. It features an overview of the history and the primary issues in intellectual property, as well as a section that answers common questions about the patent process. Illustrative case studies are included to highlight important issues, such as:

  • Patents, copyrights, and trademarks–– what they are, what they do, and which one you need to protect your intellectual property
  • The application process for patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Foreign patents–– protecting your intellectual property abroad
  • The financing, licensing, and sale of patents
  • Trade secrets and how they differ from patents

Creators of intellectual property want to focus on what they do best–– create and innovate –– rather than deal with the technicalities of patents and copyrights. The Patent Process offers an in-depth treatment of the core issues in intellectual property designed to help individuals protect their ideas and navigate the system to best effect.

About the Author

CRAIG HOVEY, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Economics at St. John Fisher College. He is also a CPA and is currently researching entrepreneurism and intellectual property for another book. He lives in Rochester, New York.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471442178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471442172
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,290,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the wonderful features of this book is in how it shows readers that it's the simple things they come up with, usually based on their own experience or expertise, that can be turned into the greatest success with a patent. You don't need to be a rocket scientist, just a guy like me who comes up with a better way to do something. The case studies were particularly helpful, ranging from profiles of a dot-com company with business method patents to a barbecue joint that has a sauce as a trade secret. I never thought I'd see a book written by a college professor that's actually interesting to read.
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Who knew patents and intellectual property could be so interesting to read about? The examples of patents in here, like the method for preserving the dead, are a blast - and really serve to teach you something. You'll love the case studies, too. For those seeking patents, trademarks, trade secrets, or copyrights, what you need to know is laid right out. Other books on these subjects put you to sleep, this one is cool!
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