Patents 101: An Introduction to Patents for Engineers and Managers
Should non-disclosure agreements be used with customers?
Is a non-disclosure agreement sufficient when disclosing computer code?
What is an evaluation agreement and why is it needed when disclosing computer code?
How can a business be damaged by accepting the confidential information of others?
What if the other party offers you their non-disclosure agreement?
Why is merely executing a non-disclosure agreement not enough?
What is a non-disclosure agreement?
What does it mean when a claim or patent is said to be broad?
What factors make a patent valuable?
What are the earmarks of high quality patent drafting and prosecution?
What are the consequences of a poorly drafted patent?
What is the first thing a company must do to improve the value of its patent portfolio?
What forms of intellectual property protection are available?
What is a copyright?
What is a trademark?
What are trade secrets?
How do patents fit in with the other forms of intellectual property protection?
Why do I need intellectual property protection?
What are the questions I should be asking regarding patent strategy?
What is the standard for getting a patent?
What is prior art?
Am I required to search for prior art?
Why should claims not be read on the prior art?
How is the entire patent considered prior art?
What are the types of rejections I could receive in view of the prior art?
What do I get if I meet the standard for getting a patent?
What do I give up in getting my patent?
What do I risk by not patenting my invention?
What are the steps of the patent examination process?
Can I sell my product without infringing someone else’s patent?
Is freedom to operate an expensive analysis? Is it a step that I can skip?
What are the different parts that make up a patent document?
What is an independent claim vs. a dependent claim?
What is inventorship with regard to a patent document?
How is inventorship different from ownership with regard to a patent document?
What is the most enjoyable and rewarding part of your law practice?
How did your career as an engineer prepare to practice patent law?