How To Read a Biotech Patent

Reading patents can be painful if you’re not a patent attorney.  It can be hard enough to comprehend all the science without trying to understand the legal jargon.

If you’re totally unfamiliar with patents, the USPTO patent site is a good place to start; take a look at the Concept to Protection video presentation.  Also check out Introduction to Patent Law from Fenwick & West LLP.  Brown & Michaels has a comprehensive site on intellectual property; I found the How Do I Read a Patent section very informative.  For more specific information regarding biotechnology patents, I suggest taking a look at How To Read a Biotech Patent by Carol Nottenburg.  All of these articles are helpful in understanding some of the legal terms commonly used in patents.

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