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The purpose of this guide is to help individuals to obtain patents. The guide includes official information from the US Patent Office on obtaining a patent and additional information to help you navigate through the patent process. Many of us take our ideas for granted and do not realize that for some, the creative process that leads to a new invention is not automatic. All too often technically literate individuals overflow with these ideas and assume that they are of no real value. "If I could think of it, then its been done before" is the typical reaction. Or we become concerned that the idea falls into the realm of software, and we react from rumors about the difficulty of obtaining software patents. Hopefully this guide will help to remove these myths and provide you with the tools to start creating intellectual property that will both enhance your skills as an engineer, lead to personal reward, gain significant company recognition, and help the company to remain a strong force well into the next century.
How Do I Begin Process describing how to obtain a patent.
United States Patent Office Information What is a patent, what can be patented, conditions for obtaining a patent, who may apply, specifications and drawings, and frequently asked questions are some of the topics.
Access Patent Data Bases As part of the process of obtaining a patent, prior art needs to be researched. You can quickly review the prior art using these locations. Your search need not be exhaustive, just of sufficient level to justify submission to the legal department for further development.
Software Intellectual Property Did you know that were roughly 5,000 software patents issued between the years of 1990 and 1992. IBM was granted 500 software patents and Hitachi was granted 400 software patents during the same period. Use the search engines ( Access Patent Data Bases ) to perform broad searches on categories such as software, cryptography, Microsoft, Hughes, etc.
Patent Office View Of Information Technology - Cyberspace The US Patent Office has released a number of statements concerning information technology, software, and cyberspace.
Examples Sometimes its best to provide an example. These links provide example patents for those individuals with a particular technical slant, such as hardware, software, or systems.
Related Books A good collection of books on patents, copy rights, trademarks, and intellectual property.
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