Patent Law in a Nutshell

Article Source: Thomson/West, St. Paul, MN, 2008
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 Gordon P. Klancnik

Gordon P. Klancnik

 Randall R. Radar

Randall R. Radar



The authors provide an overview of patent law fundamentals, helpful to students and practitioners alike.


Policy Relevance:

Patent law is complex and changes quickly. This book provides a succinct overview of the fundamentals of patent law and is an excellent supplement to a patent law course or casebook.


Key Takeaways:
  • This book gives an overview of patent law in the United States. It is succinct and readable, but beneficial for both beginners and practitioners in the patent field.
  • The book provides a helpful overview of patent law’s underpinnings in economics, history, natural rights theory, and public utility theory.
  • The book covers the key statutes, cases, and rules in patent law.
  • The book provides a fundamental base for approaching patent law.
  • The book is organized into sixteen chapters. It covers the following concepts in its first half: Foundations of patent law, patent acquisition, patent eligibility, utility, anticipation, statutory bars, novelty: prior invention, and nonobviousness.
  • The second half of the book covers: adequate disclosure, claims, issues in patent acquisition, claim construction, infringement, additional defenses, remedies, and international patent law.
  • Patent law evolves quickly and this book stays abreast of the recent changes.



Martin J. Adelman

About Martin Adelman

Before joining the GW Law faculty in 1999, Professor Adelman had been a Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School specializing in intellectual property and antitrust law. Before joining the Wayne State faculty in 1973, he practiced as a patent attorney in the Detroit area for several years.