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MOMTheBatemanMethodQuickie - TableofContents Patents...

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Table of Contents Patents Generally: .......................................................................................................................... 2 Elements of patentability ............................................................................................................... 3 Utility ...................................................................................................................................................... 3 Describing and enabling the invention §112 ........................................................................................ 5 Disclosure doctrines .............................................................................................................................. 5 Enablement ......................................................................................................... 5 Best mode requirement ...................................................................................... 6 Novelty and statutory bars § 102 .................................................................................................. 7 The nature of novelty §102a ................................................................................ 7 Statutory bars §102b ............................................................................................................................. 8 Public use ............................................................................................................ 8 Priority rules and first to invent ........................................................................................................... 9 Non obviousness ................................................................................................................................... 10 INFRINGEMENT ........................................................................................................................ 12 Claim interpretation ............................................................................................................................ 12 Literal infringement ........................................................................................................................... 13 The doctrine of equivalents (Used to stop “unscrupulous copiers”) ................................................ 13 Equivalents for means plus functions claims ..................................................................................... 16 Contributory infringement ................................................................................................................. 17 Inducement ........................................................................................................ 17 Infringement involving foreign activities ........................................................................................... 18 DEFENSES ................................................................................................................................... 19 Inequitable conduct ............................................................................................................................. 20 Patent misuse ....................................................................................................................................... 21 INTERNATIONAL PATENT LAW .......................................................................................... 22 Remedies: ...................................................................................................................................... 23 Injunctions: .......................................................................................................................................... 23 Damages: .............................................................................................................................................. 24 Reasonable Royalty: ............................................................................................................................ 25 Willful Infringement: .......................................................................................................................... 26 Design Patents: ............................................................................................................................. 27 Plant patents: ................................................................................................................................ 29 Software Patents ........................................................................................................................... 30
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Patents Generally: a. U.S. Const., Article 1 § 8 : Authorizes Congress to award exclusive rights for limited time to authors and inventors for writings and discoveries. Federalizes Patent System II. Types of Patents: a. Utility patents: Product and Process: b. Method of use patent: I.e., Second medical indication patent. c. Means Plus Function Type of Claim: Process for accomplishing an end, without specifying type of equipment used, instead describes type of device used. III. Prosecution : 1. Patent Application Contains: a. Specification; Summary; Drawings; Claims; Oath claiming the person actually invented the application; Should protect against fraudulent claims; Filing fees. b. Priority date: Establishes date novelty of invention is preserved while filing other applications. 2. Provisional application: Lets small inventor file an application with everything except claims. a. Establishes a priority date, can later complete with the claims. 3. Application assigned to filing unit and one of ~3400 patent examiners. a. 12 months before it is picked up you may file additional papers. b. Usual route is to reject claims for lack of novelty and then in response, lawyer’s job is to traverse the objections and respond to them effectively. i. Unity in invention: Must be claiming one invention. 1. Division of application: If multiple inventions claimed, examiner can require division. ii. Amendments liberally allowed; at some point, examiner issues final rejection. iii. Can then file a continuation: Resets the examination procedure. 1. A simple continuation preserves the original filing and priority date. If new material added, may have to split up the application. a. Different claims may have different priority dates if some are based on original application and some based on a continuation in part. iv. Prior to 2001, patent applications were not published. 1. Not uncommon to delay filing of patent, up to 20 years. Called submarine patents. v. Patent application will be published, unless withdrawn or certified that only applying in U.S.
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