Patent Fundamentals for Engineers
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Chemical Engineers can learn how to document your inventions and then communicate with your technology transfer office or patent counsel to ensure your inventions obtain effective patent protection.

Chemical Engineers can learn how to document your inventions and then communicate with your technology transfer office or patent counsel to ensure your inventions obtain effective patent protection.

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  • 1. PATENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR ENGINEERS Joseph P. Hamilton
  • 2. Agenda
    • Intellectual Property
    • Patent History
    • Patent Rights
    • Requirements for Patenting
    • Parts of Patent
  • 3.
    • Patents
      • new, useful and non-obvious process, machine, product, or composition of matter
    • Trademarks
      • name, word, or symbol to identify source of goods or services (consumers' perspective)
    • Copyrights
      • expression of an idea fixed in a tangible form
    • Trade Secrets
      • information, not publicly known and offers a competitive advantage
    Intellectual Property Rights
  • 4. Why pursue patents?
    • Protect core technology
    • Potential to dominate field
    • Licensing revenue
    • Create prior art
    • Bargaining chips
  • 5. The First Patent
    • July 31, 1790: granted to Samuel Hopkins, "the making of Pot ash and Pearl ash by a new Apparatus and Process."
  • 6. Public Bargain
    • “ The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.”
      • - Abraham Lincoln
    • "[T]he right to exclude" for a limited term
    • in exchange for,
    • public disclosure of how to make and use the invention.
  • 7. Requirements for Patentability
    • useful (utility)
    • new (novelty)
    • non-obvious
    • patentable subject matter - process, machine, product, or composition of matter
    • sufficient disclosure – described, enabled, best mode
  • 8. Interesting Issued Patents
  • 9.  
  • 10. Title Patent No./Issue date Inventor(s) Serial No. Filing Date References cited Abstract Representative Figure
  • 11. PATENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR ENGINEERS Joseph P. Hamilton [email_address] 310-788-9900 Questions? See the full webinar .