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Chisum on Patents
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Donald S. Chisum
The chapter introduction traces the history of the statutory classes, describes their general purpose, and covers their statutory and constitutional limits and exceptions. The introduction also compares Section 101's traditional categorical approach under U.S. law with the provisions of the European Patent Convention, and discusses the TRIPS Agreement--the 1994 Agreement on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property--which sets minimum standards for intellectual property protection, including patents.
The chapter explains when a "process" is patentable through notable cases such as Cochrane v. Deener and Tilghman v. Proctor. It also describes how the statutory class of "process" differs fundamentally from the other three classes, and reviews the conceptual problems courts have faced when adjudicating process claims.
The chapter concludes with a discussion on the special provisions applying to patent rights in inventions relating to national security, atomic energy, and aeronautics and space. It outlines the history behind these provisions, and provides detailed discussion on The Invention Secrecy Act and The Atomic Energy Act.
Chisum on Patents is the leading authority on U.S. patent law, and has been cited more than 700 times by the U.S. Federal Courts. This renowned publication provides attorneys with all the information required to secure a patent and protect a patent claim. Chisum on Patents covers all areas of U.S. patent law, including application, validity, infringement and significant precedents as determined by case law and amended statutes. It provides a chronological view of the law and its development, its current status in the patent world, and possible future direction. It also details major court decisions, patent statutes and regulations, and features the Federal Circuit Guide, which supplies abstracts--arranged by topic and date--of all the published decisions of the Court of Appeals since the Court began in 1982.
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