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

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CHAPTER 6PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR PATENT SEARCHING ONLINE

Why should an inventor bother to spend time on patent searching? Once a great invention has been created, aren’t the rest of the details up to the attorney or other intellectual property (IP) specialists? Actually, no. Reading other patents can be extremely valuable for inventors. In particular, corporate inventors will learn about how the competition is pursuing similar problems, see how others have solved these problems in the past, and even find examples of how similar inventions have been claimed.

I consider it extremely important that, as a corporate inventor, you be conversant with finding and reading patents, because it will help to make you a better inventor and a more strategic thinker. ...

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