TRADEMARKS, & COPYRIGHTS
specification and claims of a patent, particularly if
the invention be at all complicated, constitute one of
the most difficult legal instruments to draw with accuracy...
Supreme Court Justice Brown, Topliff v. Topliff, 145
U.S. 156,171 (1892).
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Brief Overview of Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
*Registered before the U.S.
Law, like no other aspect of law, is rife with popularly
held misconceptions about many of its fundamental notions.
This lack of understanding is attributable in part
to the fact that patent law requires an intimate familiarity
with basic concepts of physical science and acquaintance
with abstruse technologies. But another, and perhaps
more significant reason for these misunderstandings
is the fact that patent law has been built up around
a nucleus of highly sophisticated, abstract, and seemingly
peculiar rules. For these reasons, the Patent and Trademark
Office requires lawyers practicing before it to have
technical or engineering degrees. This brochure will
familiarize the reader with some of the basics of patent
practice, and initially help to evaluate their needs.
In securing a patent considerable time, expense, and
uncertainty are saved by placing the case in the hands
of a registered patent attorney.
THOMAS S. KEATY