Invention Analysis and Claiming
A Patent Lawyer's Guide


"Drafting a claim without already knowing what the invention is is like drawing a map without having first surveyed the terrain." —Page 27

Invention Analysis 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.

Readers 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

"Slusky's 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

"This book 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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