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  • Resources in this category:
       35 U.S.C. 101 Training Materials (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Powerpoint slides.
       Consolidated Patent Laws (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    As consolidated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with table of contents and index.
       Consolidated Patent Rules (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
       Do's and Don'ts for Keeping Lab Notebooks (Yale Office of Cooperative Research)
    "Fourteen rules you should follow when keeping lab notebooks."
       Ending Abuse of Patent Continuations (November 1, 2003) (Social Science Research Network Electronic Library)
    Reports results of the authors' "comprehensive empirical study of continuation applications, which demonstrates the frequency with which [the patent continuation] process is used and abused."

    George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 03-52; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 140.

       Examination Guidelines for Computer-Related Inventions - Final Version (February 28, 1996) (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
       Examination Guides for Computer-Related Inventions: Training Materials Directed To Business, Artificial Intelligence and Mathematical Processing Applications (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    "Recently the PTO determined that additional training materials were needed to address how to apply the Guidelines in the areas of business, artificial intelligence and mathematical processing applications. Each of these three areas has shown a high growth rate and increased examining complexity. Five examples were prepared to illustrate how to apply the Guidelines in these areas." 53 pages.
       For Inventors (Yale Office of Cooperative Research)
    Includes "Patent Law You Can UseTM, a series of pages on the following subjects: Continuation Patent Applications, Foreign Patent Applications, Inventorship, Inventorship vs. Ownership of a Patent, Maintaining Laboratory Notebooks, Patent Application Filing Deadlines and Bars to Patentability, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), Patentability Searching, Patents vs. Trade Secrets, Provisional Patent Applications, Reading a Patent, Recent Changes in U.S. Patent Law, Rule 56 - Duty of Candor and Good Faith, and Types of Intellectual Property. Also includes sample agreements.
       General Information About 35 U.S.C. 161 Plant Patents (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Topics include: What is a plant patent?, Provisions and limitations, Inventorship, Asexual reproduction, Rights conveyed by a plant patent, The application, Legal representation, Content and arrangement, Arrangement of the specification, Preparation of the application, Oath or declaration, The drawing, Final preparation and assembly, The examination, Helpful hints, Correspondence, Download Forms, and Fees
       General Information about Patents (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Topics include: Functions of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Purpose of this Booklet, What Are Patents, Trademarks, Servicemarks, and Copyrights?, What Is a Patent?, What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?, What Is a Copyright?, Patent Laws, What Can Be Patented, Novelty and Non-Obviousness, Conditions for Obtaining a Patent, The United States Patent and Trademark Office, General Information and Correspondence, Library, Search Room Searches and Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries, The Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program, Attorneys and Agents, Listings and Search Information on Patent Attorneys and Agents Registered to Practice before the PTO, Disclosure Document Program, Provisional Application for Patent, Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs), Contacts, Who May Apply for a Patent, Application for Patent, Non-Provisional Application for a Patent, Provisional Application for a Patent, Publication of Patent Applications, Oath or Declaration, Signature, Filing Fees, Specification (Description and Claims), Drawing, § 1.84 Standards for drawings, Models, Exhibits And Specimens, Examination of Applications and Proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Restrictions, Office Action, Applicant's Reply, Final Rejection, Amendments to Application, Time for Reply and Abandonment, Appeal to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and to the Courts, Interferences, Allowance and Issue of Patent, Patent Term Extension and Adjustment, Nature of Patent and Patent Rights, Maintenance Fees, Correction of Patents, Assignments and Licenses, Recording of Assignments, Joint Ownership, Infringement of Patents, Patent Marking and Patent Pending, Design Patents, Plant Patents, Treaties and Foreign Patents, Foreign Applicants for United States Patents, Fees and payment (Current PTO Fees), and Frequently-Asked Questions about Patents
       Glossary of Patent and Trademark Terms (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    "Over 375 terms and acronyms [about patents and trademarks] ... - defined in the simplest, nonlegal terms possible - interlinked definitions to learn more - direct links to subject matter area - Context of use provided."
       Guide to Filing a Design Patent Application (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Topics include: Definition of a Design, Types of Designs and Modified Forms, Difference Between Design and Utility Patents, Improper Subject Matter for Design Patents, Invention Development Organizations, Elements of a Design Patent Application, The Preamble, The Title, The Figure Descriptions, A Single Claim, Drawings or Black & White Photographs, Color Drawings or Photographs, The Views, Surface Shading and Drafting Symbols, Broken Lines, The Oath or Declaration, Disclosure Examples, The Design Patent Application Process, Drawing Examples, Symbols for Draftsmen, Patent Laws That Apply to Design Patent Applications, Rules That Apply to the Drawings of a Design Patent Application, and Sample Specification
       Guide to Filing A Non-Provisional (Utility) Patent Application (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Topics include: Introduction, Nonprovisional Utility Patent Application Requirements, Utility Patent Application Transmittal Form Or Transmittal Letter Fee Transmittal Form And Appropriate Fee, Application Data Sheet, Specification, Title Of Invention, Cross-Reference To Related Applications, Statement Regarding Federally Sponsored Research Or Development, Reference To A Sequence Listing, A Table, Or A Computer Program Listing Compact Disc Appendix, Background Of The Invention, Brief Summary Of The Invention, Brief Description Of The Several Views Of The Drawing, Detailed Description Of The Invention, Claim Or Claims, Abstract Of The Disclosure, Drawings (When Necessary), Oath Or Declaration, Sequence Listing (When Necessary), Obtaining A Receipt For Documents Mailed To The USPTO, Drawing Requirements, Identification Of Drawings, Graphic Forms In Drawings, Paper, Views, Exploded Views, Partial Views, Sectional Views, Alternate Position, Modified Forms, Arrangement Of Views, Front Page View, Scale, Character Of Lines, Numbers, And Letters, Shading, Symbols, Legends, Numbers, Letters, And Reference Characters, Lead Lines And Arrows, Copyright Or Mask Work Notice, Numbering Of Sheets Of Drawings And Views, Security Markings, Corrections, Holes, and Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) Program
       How to Apply for a Patent (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
       Inventor Resources (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    "Basics for new inventors."
       Inventors Assistance Center (U.S. Patent Office Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy)
    "The Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) ... provides patent information and services to the public. The IAC is staffed by former Supervisory Patent Examiners and experienced Primary Examiners who answer general questions concerning patent examining policy and procedure."
       Office of Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administration (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
       Patent Assignment Query Menu (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Search for assignments of issued patents and published patent applications. "The database contains recorded patent assignment information from August 1980[.]" "For pending or abandoned applications please consult USPTO staff."
       Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image Databases Search (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Search issued patents (PatFT) in full text since 1976 and full-page images since 1790 and published applications (AppFT) published since March 15, 2001.
       Patent Official Gazette (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office)
    The "eOG:P" (Electronic Official Gazette for Patents).
       Petitions Practice Within the USPTO on Patent Matters (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
       Prior Art in the Field of Business Method Patents - When is an Electronic Document a Printed Publication for Prior Art Purposes? (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    "[T]his paper defines what constitutes prior art in today's information age. The evolution of prior art will be examined from its early foundation in published patents to its current non-patent literature and electronic formats. The challenge of identifying prior art in an emerging technology area such as business methods will also be discussed." Presented at AIPLA Fall 2002.
       Rules of Practice in Patent Cases (National Archives and Records Administration)
    37 CFR Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights, Chapter I, United States Patent and Trademark Office Department of Commerce Subchapter A -- General. Section 1.1 to Section 1.997. PART 1 -- RULES OF PRACTICE IN PATENT CASES
       Successfully Preparing and Prosecuting a Business Method Patent Application (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    "[T]his paper defines the specific technologies that are examined in Technology Center 2100, explains the specific business method topics that are examined in Class 705, discusses the definition of Class 705, and gives guidance on successfully preparing and prosecuting a business method application classified in Class 705." By John J. Love & Wynn W. Coggins. Presented at AIPLA, Spring 2001.
       U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
       U.S. Patent and Trademark Office FY 2005 Fee Schedule (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    Fee schedule effective December 8, 2004. Covers patents, trademarks, Patent Cooperation Treaty fees, and general fees.
       U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Patents (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
       U.S. Patent Fetcher Free Public Site (Patent Logistics, LLC)
       USPTO White Paper: Automated Financial or Management Data Processing Methods (Business Methods) (July 1, 2000) (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
    "On March 29, 2000, the USPTO announced a plan to improve the quality of the examination process in technologies related to electronic commerce and business methods.

    This white paper discusses the patent history of business data processing, the transition this technology is beginning, and the initiatives the USPTO is engaged in to keep pace with this transition and to improve quality in the examination of this technology."

       Wex: Patent Law (Legal Information Institute)

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  • Copyright Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
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