Patent Freedom to Operate Searches, Opinions, Techniques, and Studies (Paperback)
Anyone involved with patent searching and risk management requires the proper tools and methodology to successfully avoid patent infringement. Patent Freedom to Operate Searches, Opinions, Techniques, and Studies is designed to build the necessary competencies, techniques, and best practices. Beginning with an overview of patent law and background on intellectual property and patent studies, the book provides succinct information that allows readers to achieve expertise in providing solutions to potential patent infringement problems and understand how to: - Locate relevant patent documents- Analyze those documents in relation to both applicable law and the technical aspects of a particular proposed product or process- Develop risk management strategies that form the foundation for future action, such as litigation- Affirmatively implement these objectivesIndividual chapters address the critical issues involved in PTO studies and patent risk management, including: - Patent intelligence needs- Organizing and structuring a PTO study- Project management- Patent searching, from defining the scope and breadth of the search to searching models, strategies, and mechanics- Analyzing patent search results- Risk management- Presenting, preserving, and protecting information and deliverables, and moreEveryone from in-house and private practice attorneys to businesspeople, non-lawyer patent professionals, engineers, and academics will find utility in this thorough and accessible resource.
Austen P. Zuege is an officer and attorney with Westman, Champlin & Koehler in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has extensive experience organizing and conducting patent freedom-to-operate studies as well as managing large teams involved with them. The contributing authors have worked with clients in a wide range of technological fields and regularly prosecute patents and engage in freedom-to-operate studies, helping clients to identify, understand, and avoid risks posed by the patents of their competitors.