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How to Write a Patent Application (2nd Edition)

Author(s): Jeffrey G. Sheldon
Practice Area: Intellectual property, Patent applications, Patents
Published: Nov 2009
Supplement Date: Mar 2015 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402412950
PLI Item #: 21867

“[How to Write a Patent Application is] highly recommended.”
—National Council of Intellectual Property Law Association Newsletter

”[How to Write a Patent Application is] one of the most thorough treatments of the subject.”
—The Licensing Journal

Stocked with drafting checklists and sample drafting language, documents and drawings, the second edition of How to Write a Patent Application walks you step-by-step through the entire process of preparing patent applications.

This hands-on resource helps you:

  • Get from an inventor all the information needed to prepare an effective application
  • Claim an invention with sufficient breadth
  • Claim an invention so that the elements that render the invention nonobvious are clearly set forth in the claims
  • Claim an invention whose validity will be sustained by the courts 
  • Avoid damaging drafting mistakes such as faulty transitions, inconsistent terminology, incorrect verb forms, and deficient functional language

Completely up-to-date, How to Write a Patent Application analyzes developments under the America Invents Act, the latest USPTO initiatives, and key decisions of the federal courts, and provides the author’s practical suggestions and commentary.

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Jeffrey G. Sheldon focuses his practice in all aspects of intellectual property, from prosecution and litigation to domestic and international licensing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. His studies in Scotland resulted from receiving the Marshall Scholarship from the United Kingdom government. Mr. Sheldon has been litigating patents and prosecuting patent applications since 1975. He has been adjunct professor in intellectual property law and patent law at Southwestern University Law School and advanced patent law at Loyola University, both in Los Angeles. He is a frequent lecturer for Practising Law Institute and other organizations. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and was chairman of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Sheldon is a frequent author and was a columnist for the Los Angeles Daily Journal on intellectual property law. He has been the author of the Federal Circuit Yearbook: Patent Law Developments in the Federal Circuit (PLI). He is a past chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California and was identified by California Lawyer magazine as one of the top patent lawyers in the state of California. Mr. Sheldon has been responsible for the training of many patent practitioners and has been requested by many in-house patent counsel to prepare and prosecute their more challenging patent applications.