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- By Mary LaFrance. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 2nd.
"This book offers a compact yet comprehensive and up-to-date overview of U.S. copyright law in an uncluttered and readable format. It covers topics including:The fundamental concepts of originality, authorship, and infringementThe highly technical rules governing digital phonorecord deliveries and digital public performance rights in sound recordingsThe safe harbor provisions that limit the liability of Internet service providersThe anti-circumvention and copyright management information provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright ActThe evolving doctrines of fair use and contributory liability are also given thorough attention." - from the publisher
- By Sherri Burr. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 3rd edition.
"This compact reference gives a big picture overview of the intellectual property, contract, publicity, estate planning, and First Amendment issues that contribute to the field of entertainment law. Professor Burr also addresses specific legal issues that arise in the film, music, and television industries, including discussion of the rise of “reality” television. This Nutshell is ideal as a secondary text to accompany any entertainment law casebook, as the primary text for a seminar, or as background information for someone requiring an overview." - from the publisher
- By Joseph Kennedy. Published by Wiley. 2012.
"A straightforward guide to inventing, patenting, and technology commercialization for scientists and engineers
Although chemists, physicists, biologists, polymer scientists, and engineers in industry are involved in potentially patentable work, they are often under-prepared for this all-important field. This book provides a clear, jargon-free, and comprehensive overview of the patenting process tailored specifically to the needs of scientists and engineers, including:
Requirements for a patentable invention
How to invent
New laws created by President Obama's 2011 America Invents Act
The process of applying for and obtaining a patent in the U.S. and in foreign countries
Commercializing inventions and the importance of innovation
Based on lecture notes refined over twenty-five years at The University of Akron, How to Invent and Protect Your Invention contains practical advice, colorful examples, and a wealth of personal experience from the authors." - from the publisher
- By David Pressman. Published by Nolo Press. 2015. 7th ed.
Nolo’s How to Make Patent Drawings helps readers patent their invention by guiding them though the drawing necessary to complete their USPTO application. This book shows how to create a patent drawing that complies with the strict rules of the USPTO, including forms with step-by-step instructions for drawings using either utilize pen and paper or digital equipment.
- By Charles McManis. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 7th edition.
This nutshell provides an introduction to unfair competition and intellectual property. Specific topics covered include interference with contractual relations, misidentification, product substitution, appropriation of intangible business assets, and injurious promotional and pricing.
- By Arthur Miller. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 5th edition.
"Miller and Davis’ Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright in a Nutshell presents the fundamentals of trademark and copyright laws. Authors Michael Davis and famed Harvard professor Arthur Miller provide authoritative coverage on the foundations of patent protection, patentability, and the patenting process. The text addresses: Torts and property Antitrust and government regulation Concept of federalism State and federal conflicts." - from the publisher
- By Roger Schechter. Published by Thomson West. 2008. 1st edition.
"This work provides a comprehensive treatment of all three major branches of intellectual property law, surveying basic principles and emerging issues. The book summarizes what is clear, identifies what is unsettled, and offers concise views on how some open issues might be sensibly resolved. This text also deals with a variety of related intellectual property topics, including state laws governing the misappropriation of intangibles, state protection for the right of publicity and for trade secrets, and both federal and state rules concerning false advertising and deceptive trade practices. The authors use numerous examples to guide you through various technical areas." - from the publisher
- By Martin J. Adelman; Rader Randall; Gordon P. Klancnik. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 2nd.
"This Nutshell provides a succinct description of the fundamentals of U.S. patent law. Ranging from the acquisition of patent rights to their enforcement, it contains an overview of relevant statutes, rules, and cases that collectively define this area of intellectual property law. Topics include claim construction, obviousness, anticipation, written description and enablement, infringement, remedies, and other notable doctrines. Patent law has evolved quickly in the past few years. This Nutshell captures those changes and relates them well to the overall fabric of intellectual property law. This reference is suitable for use by those with a beginner’s knowledge of patent law, but it has sufficient depth to be instructive for every practitioner in this exciting and dynamic field." - from the publisher
- By David Hitchcock. Published by Nolo Press. 2013. 6th edition.
" Written for both inventors and business owners interested in expanding their product line through the license, distribution or manufacture of other people's ideas, Patent Searching Made Easy is the easiest way for you to determine the answer to that all-important question, ""Am I the first?"" - from the publisher
- By Roger Schechter; John R. Thomas. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 1st edition.
"This product guides the reader through both the traditional topics, such as fair use, and more modern topics, such as the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, without getting bogged down in unnecessary or tedious detail. This title is ideal for end-of-semester review by students in both basic and advanced courses on copyright law, and also will be of use to practitioners and other legal professionals seeking a comprehensive yet manageable introduction to the subject." - from the publisher
- By Gary Myer. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 2nd ed.
"Myers' Principles of Intellectual Property Law provides a comprehensive survey of the entire field of intellectual property. It is designed to be reader-friendly, up to date, and comprehensive, and can be used in survey and specialized intellectual property courses and as an introduction or refresher for anyone interested in the field. Topics include: Copyrights Patents Trademarks Trade secrets Unfair competition The right of publicity And more." - from the publisher
- By Roger Schechter; John R. Thomas. Published by Thomson West. 2004. 1st ed.
"Using judicial opinions from leading casebooks along with numerous hypotheticals and examples, this text illustrates the many challenging issues and innovative trends in patent law today. Sections on basics such as patent law norms, policy, and patent history build the conceptual foundation for explorations of claims, patent prosecution, and complex aspects of patent law. International treaties and conventions that impact innovators, litigators, and policymakers are also covered in this comprehensive text." - from the publisher
- By Stephen Fishman. Published by Nolo Press. 2014.
Nolo’s Copyright Handbook helps readers with registering a copyright and maximizing its protection, avoiding infringement and dealing with infringers, and gaining permission to use copyrighted works. The 12th edition contains new copyright regulations, along with helpful forms and rules for filing a copyright application.
- By Stephen Fishman. Published by Nolo Press. 2014. 7th ed.
"The Public Domain is the only book that helps you find and identify what creative works are protected by copyright -- and what's not. The book provides specific information about: writing, architecture, choreography, and more." - from the publisher
- By Stephen Elias and Richard Stim. Published by Nolo Press. 2016.
"Trademark provides you with the plain-English explanations and step-by-step instructions you need to navigate the requirements of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and successfully register your unique mark." - from the publisher