For inventors, startups and entrepreneurs, Patents Demystified is an insider’s guide to protecting ideas and inventions.
Based on first-hand experience with companies of all sizes, patent attorney Dylan O. Adams teaches readers the patent strategies used by successful businesses.
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Table of Contents of Patents Demystified
INTRODUCTION – (Sample PDF)
CHAPTER 1 – TYPES OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Sample PDF)
CHAPTER 2 – WHY INVEST IN PATENT PROTECTION?
CHAPTER 3 – OVERVIEW OF THE PATENT PROCESS
CHAPTER 4 – PRE-FILING PROCEDURES AND CONSIDERATIONS (Excerpt on GeekWire)
CHAPTER 5 – PATENT & PRIOR ART SEARCHING
CHAPTER 6 – CHOOSING WHAT TYPE OF APPLICATION TO FILE
CHAPTER 7 – WHY YOU SHOULD LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS
CHAPTER 8 – PICKING A PATENT ATTORNEY
CHAPTER 9 – DRAFTING AN INVENTION DISCLOSURE
CHAPTER 10 – WORKING WITH A PATENT ATTORNEY TO DRAFT A PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION
CHAPTER 11 – WORKING WITH A PATENT ATTORNEY TO DRAFT A NON-PROVISIONAL APPLICATION
CHAPTER 12 – THE EXAMINATION PROCESS: DECIPHERING OFFICE ACTIONS & HELPING YOUR ATTORNEY RESPOND
CHAPTER 13 – ADVANCED PATENT STRATEGIES
CHAPTER 14 – LEVERAGING PATENT ASSETS
Common Questions Answered In Patents Demystified:
How do I avoid losing my patent rights before filing a patent application?
Unfortunately, patent rights can be completely lost if an invention is prematurely disclosed in the wrong way and many inventors or companies unknowingly lose the ability to patent an invention as a result. At the same time, an important part of any business is finding investors and collaborators as well as market-testing and developing new products. Patents Demystified provides details on keeping inventions safe at early stages without unduly stifling the progression of a business and identifies times when filing a patent application is unavoidable.
Some say working with a patent attorney is essential, is that correct?
Sophisticated technology companies always work with patent attorneys during the drafting, filing and the examination of patent applications at the Patent Office. These companies know that all patents are not created equal and that navigating the patent process without an attorney typically leads to a less-valuable and unenforceable patent, or results in a patent never issuing at all. Patents Demystified illustrates why working with a patent attorney is the only option for any serious inventor or company, while also showing how working with an attorney is possible on nearly any budget.
How do I avoid paying too much or paying for protection that is worthless?
Paying too much for patent protection can be just as detrimental as paying too little. Unfortunately, it’s common for inventors to be fooled into buying patent services that are completely unnecessary and wasteful, or are cheap and provide illusory protection. The key is finding a trusted patent attorney that knows how to identify options that maximize patent protection based on the unique needs of a company, while also working within the budget constraints of the growing business. Not only does Patents Demystified teach you how to identify and select a quality patent attorney, it also provides insider tips and tricks for efficiently working with your patent attorney to maximize value.
What information or documents do I need to prepare for my patent attorney?
Patent applications must have sufficient technical detail such that an average person in the technology field could make and use the invention based on the disclosure. In many cases, an application can be drafted with minimal input from inventors, but providing the right set of information to your patent attorney can substantially improve the quality of the resulting patent while also reducing the overall cost. Patents Demystified shows inventors the secrets to disclosing an invention with minimal effort and maximum results.