"Drafting a claim without
already knowing what the invention is is like drawing a map without
having first surveyed the terrain." —Page 27
and Claiming, by Ronald D. Slusky presents a comprehensive approach to
analyzing inventions and capturing them in a sophisticated set of patent
claims. A central theme is the importance of using the problem-solution
paradigm to identify the "inventive concept" before the claim-drafting
begins. The book's teachings are grounded in "old school"
principles of patent practice that, before now, have been learned only on
the job from supervisors and mentors.
No dry reference tome,
Invention Analysis and Claiming is accessible, making its points in the
context of everyday inventions like the ball point pen and the paper clip.
The text is engaging and its teachings made memorable by imaginative
metaphors and succinct prescriptions for practice.
Readers are also shown how the
notions of problem, solution and inventive concept can serve as a framework
for writing the specification and, later, for amending the claims. Those
new to patent practice will be particularly helped by the inventor
interview technique called "self-directed learning."
Attorneys new to patent
practice will find this book an invaluable resource and experienced
attorneys will gain new perspectives on their work and enhance their skills
across the board.
will find this book to be an invaluable front end to PLI's Landis
on Mechanics of Claim Drafting.
"This is the
book that every young patent attorney/agent needs when starting out--a
book that teaches how to do a good job. It provides a reassuring voice of
a seasoned veteran explaining a coherent underlying philosophy for what
they do. It fills such a vast and aching need today."
Benjamin Lee, Patent Counsel
Google, Mountain View, CA
writing style deals, clearly and effectively, with the very issues that
we wrestle with every day--namely how do you identify and ultimately
claim the essence of an invention. Conscientious patent practitioners
will find it indispensable. I only hope that my competitors' patent
attorneys don't read it."
Michael Morra, Chief Patent Counsel
OFS Fitel, Norcross, GA
explains how to identify even the most elusive inventive concept, and has
the feel of intimate conversation with a seasoned mentor. Ron's passion
for patent work shines through."
David H. Tannenbaum, Partner
Fulbright and Jaworski, Dallas, TX
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