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Patent Law for Paralegals, 1st Edition

  • Deborah E. Bouchoux, Esq.
  • ISBN-10: 1418048011
  • ISBN-13: 9781418048013
  • 336 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2009 Published
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About the Product

Patent Laws for Paralegals approaches the topic of patent law in an organized and logical fashion, and provides a thorough grounding in the life cycle of a patent. The text begins with an introduction to the general topic of intellectual property, reviewing the agency responsible for issuing patents (the USPTO), proceeding to patent searches, patent applications, post-issuance actions, patent ownership and transfer, and patent infringement. The text concludes with chapters on new developments in patent law, international patent protection, and patent audits and due diligence. Information is arranged in a building-block approach so that the student is presented with comprehensive coverage of each topic. The substantive discussion of each topic is complemented by the use of forms, sample agreements, checklists, flowcharts, and other practical guides. References to useful Internet sites are provided in each chapter so students can obtain additional information. Discussion questions are provided throughout the text to ensure thorough understanding of each topic. A glossary highlights critical terms, and selected patent statutes are provided, together with a table showing signatories to various international patent agreements and treaties.


  • Comprehensive overview of patent law, arranged in an easy to comprehend building-block fashion

  • Provides the basics of patent law and then progresses to the process of patent applications, patent infringement; concludes with new developments in patent law, international patent law, and patent audits and due diligence

  • Each chapter includes charts, timelines, graphs, diagrams, and other useful features to illustrate the points made

  • Tip box entitled Patent Practice, in each chapter provides useful and relevant information relating to research strategies, and practice points

  • The inside cover provides an easy-to-understand chart showing the fundamentals of patent law including definition, duration of patents, types of patents, remedies for infringement, and more

  • Helpful Appendices in the back of the book cover Selected Patent Statutes, Patent Internet Resources, and Table of Treaties

  • Each chapter includes Ethics Edge, a short ethics tip or pointer relevant to one of the topics discussed in that chapter, serving as a reminder of the various ethical duties imposed on all legal professionals

  • Patent Precedent section provides a short brief of a case that illustrates some of the principles discussed in that chapter

  • Fun Invention Convention patent trivia section points out interesting patent facts and statistics

  • PatentPro, The Paralegal's Role is a useful and practical section that identifies the tasks patent paralegals typically perform

  • The Patent Project found at the end of each chapter is a factual scenario involving a fictional company, Spectrum that requires readers to identify the various patent problems Spectrum is encountering and suggest strategies to solve those problems

  • Internet Resources provides a short section at the end of each chapter with Internet websites specific to the information discussed in that chapter

  • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter are designed to test knowledge of the principles in that chapter and stimulate discussion

  • Using Internet Resources section requires readers to access numerous websites and answer questions that are typical of those that occur in real-life patent practice

  • Key terms used are defined in the margins throughout the chapter, and a list of the key terms is provided at the end of each chapter

About the Author

Deborah E. Bouchoux, Esq.

Deborah E. Bouchoux, J.D., is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University, where she teaches a variety of topics in the Paralegal Studies Program and serves on the program's advisory board. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law and a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and District of Columbia Bar (active). She has taught in a number of paralegal programs, including the University of San Diego Paralegal Program and the Paralegal Studies Program at George Washington University. She is the author of eleven textbooks and several articles in national and local paralegal publications.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Patents and Intellectual Property Law.
Chapter 2: The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Laws Governing Patents.
Chapter 3: Patentable Subject Matter.
Chapter 4: Foundations of Patent Law.
Chapter 5: Patent Searches.
Chapter 6: Patent Applications.
Chapter 7: Postissuance Patent Actions.
Chapter 8: Patent Ownership and Transfer.
Chapter 9: Patent Infringement.
Chapter 10: New Developments in Patent Law.
Chapter 11: International Patent Protection.
Chapter 12: Patent Audits and Due Diligence Reviews.