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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466269812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466269811
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By mm on December 13, 2011
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It was fast shipping. Don't remember exactly how long after I ordered it, but it arrived sooner than I had expected. However, I almost returned the book when I received it. There is no table of content. But once I started reading it, I enjoyed it. It is a good summary of patent law (it even includes a good summary of introduction to other IP at the beginning). I would still hope there is a table of content for convenience to look up certain chapter (and that's why I'm not giving a 5 star), but, for the most part, so far, I am satisifed.
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This text does a fantastic job of helping people of any background understand the basics of patent law and the intricacies that come along with the patenting process. The text uses court cases to help understand patent law and breaks down what can otherwise be a very dry language into simple and lucid prose. An absolute must for entrepreneurs and inventors looking to protect their intellectual rights!
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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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