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Chapter 1. Introduction to Patent Systems

FIG. 1A. Patenting in the USA

FIG. 1B. Patenting in Sample Country A

FIG. 1C. Sample Patenting of Single Invention in Multiple Countries (Non-Priority)

FIG. 1D. Sample Patenting of Single Invention in Multiple Countries (Using Priority)

FIG. 1E. International (PCT) Patent Application for Single Invention


Chapter 2. Your Company’s Business Can Be Impacted by Patents

FIG. 2A. Your Company’s Commercial Activity

FIG. 2B. Your Company’s Product Competes Against Products of Rival Companies

FIG. 2C. Company Competition in Market Plane and in Patent Plane

FIG. 2D. Patent Business Risks and Patent Business Opportunities

FIG. 2E. Proposed Product’s Prospect of Infringing Another’s Patent


Chapter 3. Basic Patent Strategies for New Product Planning

FIG. 3A. Project’s Business Analysis Review (Searched, but No Patenting)

FIG. 3B. Some Patent Business Risks, and Basic Strategies to Mitigate Them

FIG. 3C. Product with Patent Marking

FIG. 3D. Planning the Product According to Differing Risks of Infringing a Patent

FIG. 3E. IP Alignment

FIG. 3F. Some Patent Risk Is Invisible, and Continues to Be Renewed

FIG. 3G. Filing a Patent Application Prevents Others from Eventually Succeeding in Patenting

FIG. 3H. Cut-Off Effect: Patenting Prevents Renewal of Patent Business Risk PBR-1



Chapter 4. Your Relationship with Your Company

FIG. 4. Confidentiality of Your Organization’s Information


Chapter 5. Contending with Patents in Your Work

FIG. 5A. Typical US Organization’s Arrangement for Patenting Operations

FIG. 5B. Could Your Invention Become Added to Your Company’s Future Product?

FIG. 5C. Concern about Past Patenting Precluding the Considered Product

FIG. 5D. Hope That Your Invention Can Also Become a Patent

FIG. 5E. Other Concern That Past Activities Preclude Your Invention from Becoming Patented

FIG. 5F. Time Domains of Your Patent-Related Tasks



Chapter 6. Patents in Time

FIG. 6A. Typical Event Time Line for Patent (Non-US Plus Most US: Publish while Pending)

FIG. 6B. Typical Event Time Line for Patent (Some US: Publish Only if Issue, When Issue)

FIG. 6C. Not All Inventions Become Patented

FIG. 6D. Typical Patent Race between Rival Companies for the Same Invention

FIG. 6E. Defensive Publication Cuts Off Future Patenting for the Same Invention

FIG. 6F. Even with a Prior Art Search, When Filing a Patent Application You Can’t Know Whether You Are the Earliest

FIG. 6G. Imminent Public Disclosure Risks Forfeiture of Patent Rights

FIG. 6H. An IRF Should Be Submitted At Least 1 Week before the Disclosure

FIG. 6I. An IRF Submitted Timely Enables Filing a Provisional

FIG. 6J. A Provisional Enables Filing a Long-Term Regular Non-Provisional


Chapter 7. Patent Anatomy

FIG. 7A. Sample US Patent Document (“Not Parsed”)

FIG. 7B. Partial Image of Cover Page of Sample US Published Patent Application (Before Issuance as a Patent)

FIG. 7C. Separating (“Parsing”) the Basic Parts of a Patent

FIG. 7D. Sample US Patent Document with its Basic Parts Separated by the Patent Reading Prism

FIG. 7E. Some Formalities from Cover Page of Sample US Patent Document

FIG. 7F. Version of How Patent Text Is Presented in the US Patent Office Website

FIG. 7G. Sample Browser Appearance of the Beginning of a US Patent in Website of USPTO

FIG. 7H. Child Patent Application May Be Filed


Chapter 8. Finding Past Documents (“Prior Art Searching”)

FIG. 8A. The Prospect of a General “Prior Art” Search

FIG. 8B. The Prospect of a Usual “Patent Search”

FIG. 8C. Searching Patents by Field

FIG. 8D. Some of the Fields That Can be Searched among the Formalities

FIG. 8E. The Level of Confidence in the Reliability of a Patent Search When Seeking Clearance Improves with Resources & Effort

FIG. 8F. Clearance Search to Mitigate Risk That Past Patenting Precludes the Newly Considered Product

FIG. 8G. Novelty Search for Higher Confidence That Your Invention Can Also Become a Patent That Will Protect the Exclusivity of the Possible Future Product



Chapter 9. Reporting Your Inventions for Patenting

FIG. 9A. Patenting

FIG. 9B. Patenting Starts by You

FIG. 9C. Differences between Inventions for Patenting and Science Papers for Publication

FIG. 9D. Sample Decisions of Patent Committee


Chapter 10. A Patent Application Will Be Prepared from Your IRF

FIG. 10A. A Patent Application Will Be Drafted from Your IRF

FIG. 10B. Reviewing the Drafted Patent Application

FIG. 10C. Your Drafted & Approved Patent Application Becomes Filed with the Patent Office

FIG. 10D. Project’s Business Analysis Review (Filing Clearance Milestone: Searched, Then Filed Patent Application)


Chapter 11. The Next Two Decades

FIG. 11A. Your Patent Application Has Just Become Filed

FIG. 11B. Your Filed Patent Application Becomes Published while Pending

FIG. 11C. Project’s Business Analysis Review (19-Month Clearance Milestone: After Filing, then Searched & Cleared Again)

FIG. 11D. Your Filed & Pending Patent Application Is Examined by Patent Office

FIG. 11E. Patent Office Examines Claims of Your Pending Patent Application against Prior Art

FIG. 11F. Your Filed Patent Application Becomes Issued as a Patent

FIG. 11G. Project’s Business Analysis Review (Patent Issuance Milestone)

FIG. 11H. Your Issued Patent Becomes Revised

FIG. 11I. Patent Litigation

FIG. 11J. Your Patent Expires


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