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Patent Engineering: A Guide to Building a Valuable Patent Portfolio and Controlling the Marketplace

ISBN: 978-1-118-94610-7
400 pages
January 2016
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Patents are a vital asset in the modern business world. They allow patent holders to introduce new products in to a market while deterring other market players from simply copying innovative features without making comparable investments in research and development.  In years past, a few patents may have provided adequate protection.  That is no longer the case. In today's world, it is critical that innovative companies protect the features of their products that give them a competitive advantage with a family or portfolio of patents that are strategically generated to protect the market position of the patent holder. A patent portfolio that deters competitors from introducing competitive products in a timely manner can be worth billions of dollars. Anything less than this is an expensive and possibly fatal distraction.  This book provides a strategic framework for cost efficient engineering of patent portfolios that protect your investments in research and development and that extend the market advantages that these investments provide.

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Patent Engineering 1

2 Patents and Patent Strategies—What They Are and Why You Need Them 17

3 Developing a Patent Strategy and Patent Engineering 33

4 Implementing Patent Strategies and the Application Process through Patent Engineering 59

5 The Structure of a Patent 81

6 Inventions and Inventorship: Challenges and Complications 105

7 Patent Engineering and Patent Prosecution 127

8 Controlling the Costs of Generating and Maintaining a Patent Portfolio through Patent Engineering 143

9 Patent Engineering in a Global Economy 153

10 Avoiding an Infringement Lawsuit through Patent Clearances 169

11 The Role of the Patent Engineer 189


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Author Information

Dr. Donald Rimai recently retired from Eastman Kodak, where he worked as a researcher and intellectual property manager in digital printing and adhesion science. He is expert at developing patent portfolios and helping inventors patent their inventions. He is an Eastman Kodak Distinguished Inventor with 149 US patents. Don has published 5 books and edited two conference proceedings, is a Fellow of the Adhesion Society and of the American Physical Society, and has won the Charles Ives and Chester Carlson Awards. Don holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. In 2014 Dr. Rimai received the Inventor of the Year Award from the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association.

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