While almost all chemists and polymer scientists in industry are involved with potentially patentable work, American graduate students are under-exposed to and unprepared for this all-important field. They are unaware of the importance of U.S. Patent Law and patent practices in shaping their daily industrial existence and future. This book provides a clear, jargon-free, and comprehensive overview of the patent application process. The chapters included discuss how to invent, how to get inventions patented, and how market inventions after securing a patent. In 2011 President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act , a sweeping reform of the U.S, patent system. Among the more important changes in the law are that the U.S. is shifting to a first-inventor-to-file system (and abandons the first-to-invent system), which is more closely harmonized with many other countries. Further, the new law expressly forbids the issue of a claim ""directed to or encompassing"" a human organism; allows challenging the validity of a claim by third parties after a patent was granted; and gives the Director of the Patent Office the power to set patent fees.
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September 04, 2012
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