INVENTING, PATENTING &
LICENSING SHORT COURSE
IF YOU WORK FOR A
MAJOR CORPORATION OR UNIVERSITY WITH STAFF PATENT ATTORNEYS...
at the course will provide the following benefits:
COMMUNICATION WITH PATENT COUNSEL
inventors and executives do not understand the
subtleties of the patenting process and most
patent attorneys cannot take the time to explain
to each of them individually the nuances of
patent law. This course teaches the terminology
of patenting and the subtleties of the patenting
process. An understanding of patents by
researchers and by administrative personnel
facilitates more efficient and effective
communication with patent counsel.
KNOWLEDGEABLE R & D PERSONNEL
- The course
provides the knowledge that allows the inventor
to take an active role in the patent preparation
process and for the executive to more fully
understand the 'big picture'. With this
information the inventor can critically evaluate
what the patent attorney is doing and more fully
understand what the patent attorney is attempting
technical personnel are quite familiar with
reading and interpreting conventional technical
literature, but are not familiar with the style
and format found in patents. It is important that
the technical staff understand the nature of the
patent literature, and be able to read it
critically to determine what is actually covered
by the patent and what is in the public domain.
This ability allows one to legitimately
"work around" existing patents and
avoid infringing the patents of others.
understanding the nature of patents, researchers
can more fully appreciate that it is possible to
arrive at a valuable, patentable invention even
in an "old" area in which there are
already many existing patents.
understanding the concepts of "date of
invention", "prior art", etc.
workers can initiate the steps toward patent
application in a more timely manner, and thereby
avoid forfeiting the opportunity for a patent.
- STRONGER PATENTS
FOR THE COMPANY/UNIVERSITY
should be written defensively. It is not simply a
matter of obtaining a patent. One should strive
to obtain a patent that is "strong" and
likely to withstand a challenge in the courts.
The inventor can contribute to the preparation of
a set of claims with a greater likelihood of
withstanding an attack if he/she recognizes the
grounds that are used for challenging the
validity of a patent.
an inventor fully appreciates the essence of his
/ her invention only during the claim writing
process. The inventor can participate in this
process more effectively if he / she understands
the nature of claims and can thus help to more
clearly define and refine the invention in the
patent claims. This activity and participation
can also stimulate the inventor to think of other
variations or improvements to the invention that
can be incorporated into the patent application.
- TIME AND MONEY
communications save valuable time of attorneys
and R & D personnel.
patents minimize the chances of losing the patent
if contested in the courts.