Patent Law Basics for Chemists and Research Professionals - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128035481

Patent Law Basics for Chemists and Research Professionals

1st Edition

Authors: Sarah Hasford
Paperback ISBN: 9780128035481
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 275
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Patent Law Basics for Chemists and Research Professionals provides an accessible overview for chemists, research scientists, pharmaceutical researchers and R&D executives. The book discusses the types of inventions patented in the life sciences, and in the chemical and pharmaceutical technologies, covering the basic legal requirements for obtaining a patent, along with common application mistakes. Delving deeper into what can be a mysterious process to the outsider, the book also explores relevant case law and typical patent litigation. Beginning with the basics, this useful primer introduces the reader to patents, patents rights and other types of intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyrights. A sample patent is dissected to explain its various parts and interpretation.

By providing chemists and research professionals with a better understanding of the information needed to obtain the strongest possible patent protection, scientists can work with patent professionals more effectively, thereby enhancing the strength and value of patents with which they are involved.

Key Features

  • Provides valuable information about patent law changes brought about by the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA)
  • Demystifies the patent application process and highlights common, avoidable mistakes
  • Includes a handy glossary for quick reference, along with accessible explanations and summaries for the layperson
  • Introduces the reader to patents, patent rights and other types of intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyrights


Chemists, especially in medicinal and drug development chemistry

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Patents
    2. Parts of a Patent
    3. Major types of inventions that are patented in the chemical technologies
    4. When do you have a patentable invention?
    5. Patenting inventions in the life sciences technologies
    6. What goes on at the Patent Office?
    7. When does someone qualify as an inventor on a patent?
    8. Ownership of patents
    9. Unique issues university scientists must deal with
    10. America Invents Act
    11. Patent Litigation 101
    12. Overview
    13. Additional Patent Resources


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About the Author

Sarah Hasford

Sarah Hasford

Sarah Hasford has been involved in the field of patent law for almost ten years. She began her career working as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia where she examined patent applications directed to heterocyclic pharmaceutical and agricultural compounds. After working as an Examiner, Sarah attended law school at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now known as the University of New Hampshire School of Law). While in law school Sarah interned for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Upon graduating from law school, Sarah entered private practice in the Washington, D.C. area. Sarah’s practice spanned all aspects of patent law, including patent prosecution, opinion work, and litigation with an emphasis on pharmaceutical patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. In 2015, Sarah left law firm practice to pursue her passion for educating non-legal professionals about patent law.

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Washington, D.C., USA

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