Patents Handbook

A Guide for Inventors and Researchers to Searching Patent Documents and Preparing and Making an Application

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About the Book

This work first provides a general overview of the U.S. patent system, covering such issues as the patent document and patent infringement. The requirements of the invention and the conditions for patentability are discussed, with a focus on the patent application and the approval process. Major patent offices and international patent treaties are next examined, providing a full description of both the U.S. and international patent and classification systems. Methods for searching patent documents, the requirements of a reference, and general patent rights are discussed.

About the Author(s)

Fred K. Carr lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Fred K. Carr
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 237
Bibliographic Info: diagrams, facsimiles, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1995]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4321-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1226-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      xiii

1. Introduction To Patents      1

2. The Invention      15

3. Conditions For Patentability      27

4. The Patent Application      37

5. Claims      51

6. Examination of The Application      59

7. Applicant’s Response      77

8. Petition And Appeal      87

9. Allowance, Issue, And Correction      95

10. Interference      105

11. Patents as Information Tools      113

12. Major Patent Offices      123

13. The United States Patent Classification System      127

14. The International Patent Classification System      149

15. Searching Patent Documents      157

16. Requirements of A Reference      185

17. Patent Rights      193

Appendix: Sample Patent      203

Index      219

Book Reviews & Awards

“covers information not addressed in other sources”—Library Journal; “handy”—ARBA; “an indispensable volume”—Reference Reviews.