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Patent Law: A Practitioner's Guide (Fourth Edition)

 
Author(s): David Aker, Ronald B Hildreth
Practice Area: Intellectual Property
Published: Nov 2012
Supplement Date: Dec 2018
ISBN: 9781402418945
PLI Item #: 38092

Widely appreciated by attorneys and inventors for its clear, uncomplicated approach to a complex field, Patent Law: A Practitioner’s Guide gives you a solid working knowledge of the legal framework governing patents, including:

  • Developments under the America Invents Act
  • Federal regulations and court decisions
  • The widely accepted four-step test used by the courts to determine an invention’s patentability
  • The various tests used to indicate direct infringement and other patent violations
  • Drafting techniques used to prepare the full variety of documents, including specifications and claims

Patent Law features numerous time-saving sample forms • flowcharts, diagrams and tables that quickly enhance your understanding of key patent law issues • and hypothetical questions (with answers) that help prepare you for the real-world challenges of patent prosecution.

Updated at least once a year, Patent Law: A Practitioner’s Guide is a valuable guide for patent specialists and other intellectual property lawyers, corporate counsel and executives, inventors, and general practitioners representing inventors.

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Ronald B. Hildreth, a retired partner in the law firm of Baker & Botts, received his B.Ch.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1954, his M.B.A. from Rutgers University in 1957, and his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1961.

He has been a lecturer for Practising Law Institute, an adjunct professor of patent law at Long Island University from 1968 through 1977, and an adjunct professor of patent, trademark, and copyright law at St. John’s University School of Law since 1972.  He was formerly a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the New York Industrial Property Law Association; Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle; Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle; the New York State Bar Association; and the Virginia Bar Association.


David Aker is Of Counsel to the law firm of Ohlandt Greeley Ruggiero & Perle LLP in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been engaged in the practice of all aspects of intellectual property law for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to startups, to individual inventors, including litigation in federal courts, licensing, preparation of right-to-use studies and patent infringement opinions, due diligence investigations, preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, trademark applications, and advice and counsel on trademark and copyright matters. He has particular expertise in electrical, computer, mechanical, and process-related inventions, and in the fields of analytical instruments and medical devices. Mr. Aker has been retained as a patent expert in patent litigation.

Since 1983, Mr. Aker has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he teaches patent law, a patent practice seminar, patent litigation, and computer law. He received the law center’s first annual Adjunct Professor of the Year award for dedicated and distinguished service to students. Mr. Aker is also on the faculty of Practising Law Institute’s live Patent Bar Review course, when it is offered in New York. He has made presentations on various intellectual property law topics to the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Corporate Bar Association of Westchester and Fairfield.