Table of Contents for Protecting Your Ideas : The Inventor's Guide to Patents


Preface xv(4)
Acknowledgments xix
1 Choose the Right Protection
1(38)
What Is Meant by the Term "Intellectual Property"?
1(1)
What Are Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Patents?
2(1)
How Have These Forms of Intellectual Property Protection Evolved in the U.S.?
3(4)
More Information about Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and Patents
7(29)
Review
36(1)
Annotated References
36(3)
2 The Types of Patents and Patent Applications
39(36)
U.S. Patents
39(21)
Foreign Patents
60(11)
Review
71(2)
Annotated References
73(2)
3 The Invention Process
75(12)
What Is the Invention Process?
75(5)
The United States: A First to Invent Country
80(3)
Proving Conception, Reduction to Practice, and Diligence
83(2)
Review
85(1)
Annotated References
85(2)
4 Documenting Your Ideas
87(10)
Laboratory Notebooks
87(1)
Keeping a Laboratory Notebook
88(3)
The Business and Legal Reasons for Keeping a Notebook
91(3)
Review
94(3)
5 Researching Your Ideas
97(12)
Searching the Literature
97(5)
Conducting a Search
102(4)
A Brief Word about Prototyping the Invention
106(1)
Review
107(2)
6 Protect Yourself
109(16)
Avoid Statutory Bars
109(13)
Review
122(1)
Annotated References
123(2)
7 Preparing the Patent Application
125(28)
Representing Yourself
125(2)
Patent Practitioners
127(4)
Preparing for an Effective Practitioner Interview
131(3)
The Requirements for Patentability
134(5)
Preparing the Regular Utility Patent Application
139(10)
Review
149(1)
Annotated References
150(3)
8 Filing and Prosecuting the Patent Application
153(34)
Filing the Patent Application
153(17)
The Information Disclosure Statement
170(2)
Patent Pending Status
172(8)
Accelerating the Patent Process
180(4)
Review
184(1)
Annotated References
185(2)
9 Deciding to Patent
187(14)
Why Are People Interested in Patenting?
187(1)
The Cost of Patenting
188(2)
Making Money with a Patent
190(7)
Preventing Others from Getting a Patent
197(2)
Review
199(1)
Annotated References
199(2)
Appendix I Resources 201(4)
Appendix II Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries 205(4)
Appendix III Tips Regarding Invention Development Firms 209(2)
Appendix IV What the Patent Practitioner Needs 211(2)
Index 213