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Patents and Strategic Inventing: The Corporate Inventor’s Guide to Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage

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A true original—the first practical guide to patents written specifically for corporate scientists, engineers, and product developersPatents and Strategic Inventing spells out exactly what a typical corporate inventor needs to know about patents and patent strategy, as well as how these topics can be used to guide the creation of new products. It explains in clear, easy-to-understand language how to secure patents that deliver the most possible value to the organization and build legal protections into properties from the outset.Nicholas Nissing was an inventor at Procter&Gamble, founded the consulting firm Luminosity LLC, which focused on new product development and patent strategy for large corporations, and is currently the Biotech Competitive Strategy Lead at the Monsanto Company and an adjunct professor at Washington University.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Patents and Strategic Inventing: The Corporate Inventor’s Guide to Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. Part 1 Key Concepts
    1. Chapter 1 Intellectual Property: The Real Estate of Your Mind
    2. Chapter 2 What You Need to Know About Patentability and Inventorship
    3. Chapter 3 Claims and Your Freedom to Operate
    4. Chapter 4 A Simplified View of the Patenting Process
    5. Chapter 5 The Corporate Inventor’s Role
    6. Chapter 6 Practical Tools for Patent Searching Online
    7. Chapter 7 The Joy of Reading Patents
    8. Chapter 8 The Impact of the 2011 America Invents Act
    9. Chapter 9 Working with your Attorney: Nine Steps to a Better Utility Patent Byron V. Olsen
  8. Part 2 Patent Strategy
    1. Chapter 10 Key Elements of a Patent Strategy
    2. Chapter 11 Patent Landscapes: Dividing Up the Pie
    3. Chapter 12 Visualizing Patent Space
    4. Chapter 13 Not All Claims Are Created Equal
    5. Chapter 14 Eight Portfolio Strategy Models
    6. Chapter 15 Portfolio Building: A Business Perspective Dr. Elvir Causevic
    7. Chapter 16 Enhancing Product Value Through Life-Cycle Management
    8. Chapter 17 Intellectual Property as a Currency of Collaboration Mark B. Mondry
  9. Part 3 Strategic Inventing
    1. Chapter 18 The Cart or the Horse? An Introduction to Strategic Inventing
    2. Chapter 19 Competitive Advantage and the Magic of Differentiation
    3. Chapter 20 Intellectual Property and Disruptive Innovation: Strategies, Tactics, and Lessons from China Jeffrey D. Lindsay, PhD
    4. Chapter 21 What Makes a Great Invention?
    5. Chapter 22 Strategic Inventing Techniques
    6. Chapter 23 Using TRIZ for Strategic Inventing
    7. Chapter 24 Implementing a Patent Strategy at the Project Level
  10. Epilogue
  11. Notes
  12. Index