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Books on Patent Law in the USD Law Library

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Patent Law in a Nutshell - Martin J. Adelman; Randall R. Rader
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF3114.85 .A32 2013
ISBN: 0314279997
Publication Date: 2012-12-06

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Moy's Walker on Patents - R. Carl Moy
Call Number: LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION KF3114 M69 2003
Publication Date: 2003 -

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How to Write a Patent Application - Jeffrey G. Sheldon
Call Number: LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION KF3125.C5 S47
ISBN: 1402412959
Publication Date: 2009-01-01

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Manual of Patent Examining Procedure - United States Patent and Trademark Office
Call Number: LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION KF3120.A39 M36
Publication Date: July 2008
Revision No. 7 of the Eighth Edition

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Invention Analysis and Claiming - Ronald D. Slusky
Call Number: LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION KF3131 .S58 2007
ISBN: 1590318188
Publication Date: 2007-11-28

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A Guide to Biotechnology Law and Business - Robert A. Bohrer
Call Number: LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION KF3133.B56 B64 2007
ISBN: 1594600872
Publication Date: 2007-09-01

 

Constitutional, Statutory, Regulatory and Procedural Authorities

The federal power to grant patents is authorized by the "Intellectual Property Clause" of the United States Constitution, Article I, section 8, clause 8: "The Congress shall have Power ... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to ... Inventors ... the exclusive Right to their respective ... Discoveries ..."   Pursuant to this provision, Congress enacted federal laws governing patents, now codified in Title 35 of the United States Code. 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency under the United States Department of Commerce in charge of granting patents.  The federal regulations applicable to patents begin at Title 37, chapter 1 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, the latest edition available on the USPTO's website, is used by patent examiners to determine whether a pending patent application meets all relevant laws and regulations.  The Manual's latest edition, as well as prior editions and revisions, is available on Hein Online. The Manual also is available on WestlawNext, LexisAdvance and BloombergLaw. A print edition is available in the McKusick Law Library (see left column of this page).

 

Administrative Decisions and Case Law

A patent examiner's refusal to grant a patent may be appealed to the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), formerly known as the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. PTAB decisions may be found at:

USPTO (free)

BloombergLaw (log in required): Practice Centers > Intellectual Property Center > Dockets & Opinions > USPTO PTAB and BPAI Decisions or All U.S.P.Q. (United States Patent Quarterly) opinions

LexisAdvance (log in required): Source: Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions.

WestlawNext (log in required): Patents > Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions.

Appeals from the PTAB decisions are made to federal district court or the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, the Federal Circuit has exclusive appellate jurisdiction over district court decisions that are based in whole or in part on the Patent Act. Federal court decisions concerning patents may be found at:

BloombergLaw (log in required): Practice Centers > Intellectual Property Center > Dockets & Opinions > Patent Court Decisions or All USPQ opinions

LexisAdvance (log in required): Browse Topics > Patents

WestlawNext (log in required): Patents > Fed. IP - Patent Cases.

The Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks may hear other matters by petition. The Commissioner's decisions may be found at:

USPTO (free)

LexisAdvance (log in required): Source: USPTO Commissioner of Patents & Trademark Decisions

WestlawNext (log in required): Patents > U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Decisions

CALI Lessons

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There are 13 CALI lessons on the law of Patents, including:

  • Patentable Subject Matter
    by Vincent Chiappetta
    Professor of Law
    Willamette University College of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

  • Utility
    by Mary LaFrance
    William S. Boyd Professor of Law
    University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

  • Novelty
    by Vincent Chiappetta
    Professor of Law
    Willamette University College of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

  • Literal Infringement
    by Mary LaFrance
    William S. Boyd Professor of Law
    University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law
    (access requires CALI registration using USD CALI Code)

  • Basic Concepts of Non-Obviousness
    by Katherine Strandberg
    Professor of Law
    New York University School of Law
    (access required CALI registration using USD CALI Code)
      
     

    Online Patent Law Resources

    Patent Bar Information

    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (free):

    Bloomberg Law (log in required): Practice Centers > Intellectual Property Center > Practice Pages > Patent Law.  Resources include the United States Patent Quarterly, a reporter containing patent law administrative and case law decisions, and the treatise Patent Law and Practice.

    HeinOnline (law school database): Search for law review and journal articles > Law Journal Library. Use a "field search" (keywords) and the subject "Intellectual Property."

    LexisAdvance (log in required): Browse Topics > Patent Law. Sources include Chisum on Patents: A Treatise on the Law of Patentability, Validity and Infringement.

    WestlawNext (log in required): > Intellectual Property > (right column) Patents

    • Search for International & United States Patents, Applications & Assignments
    • Keycite Patents
    • Cases & Administrative Decisions
    • Statutes, Regulations & Treaties
    • Litigation Records & Reports
    • Journals & Law Reviews
    • Forms
    • Treatises, including Moy's Walker on Patents & Patent Law Fundamentals
     

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