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Patenting an Accessory for a Light Microscope

  • Douglas Clark (a1)
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) encourages independent inventors who are not patent professionals to file and prosecute their own patent applications. Self-help books are useful guides for navigating through the PTO’s many laws and rules. When an inventor has an idea, he should document it, have the document witnessed, search all public records for novelty and unobviousness, and finally file an application with the PTO. The inventor defends his idea with an Examiner from the PTO and, if all requirements are met, receives a patent that grants the inventor a monopoly to make, use, and sell his invention for a period of time.

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[1] Clark, LD et al., Microscopy Today 23(4) (2015) 1824.
[2] Clark, LD et al., Externally Actuable Photo-Eyepiece Relay Lens System for Focus and Photomontage in a Wide-Field Imaging System. U.S. Patent 8,212,915, July 03, 2012, https://paedia.com/Patents/US8212915.pdf.
[3] Pressman, David, Esq., Patent It Yourself , Nolo, Berkeley, CA, 2018.
[4] Clark, LD, Patent Chronicles: Patenting It Myself: File Wrapper #1: Examination Accelerated With a Petition to Make Special, Paedia LLC, San Francisco, 2018, ISBN 9781718151901.
[5] Clark, LD, Patent Chronicles: Patenting It Myself: File Wrapper #2: Examination With A Successful Pre-Appeal Brief Review, Paedia LLC, San Francisco, 2018, ISBN 9781718132498.
[6] Clark, LD, Patent Chronicles: Patenting It Myself: File Wrapper #3: Shortening An Examination With An Interview, Paedia LLC, San Francisco, 2018, ISBN 9781718132672.
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