Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Patent Strategy for Researchers and Research Managers, 2nd Edition. (Information Resources: New Book and Reports for Leaders of Technological Innovation)

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Patent Strategy for Researchers and Research Managers, 2nd Edition. (Information Resources: New Book and Reports for Leaders of Technological Innovation)

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H. Jackson Knight; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., New York, NY; 220 pp., $105.00 (softcover, $45.00).

This book by a DuPont patent specialist is not intended to be a text but, rather, a basic guide for all types of inventors, including those in corporate technical organizations. With minimum "legal jargon," it aims to provide technical professionals with the help and advice they require to understand the legal complexities they may encounter before and during a patent application. It also discusses the researcher's responsibilities after patent applications have been filed, and the role the researcher can play in maintaining a global patent estate.

Chapter 1 reviews the basic concepts of intellectual property, while chapter 2 discusses the reasons to obtain patents and introduces strategic thinking as applied to patents. Chapter 3 defines what is meant by the word strategy and outlines the issues one should consider in developing a strategy for a business or a particular patent application. Chapter 4 extends the strategic thinking process, introducing global patent issues that should be considered by researchers and research managers.

Chapter 5 discusses how inventors invent and how the researcher can approach his research to obtain the best possible patent (e.g., search the literature first). Chapter 6 reviews what researchers should expect when working with attorneys, agents and other patent professionals, and what responsibilities the researchers has with respect to the preparation of the patent application. …

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