Performing a Preliminary Assessment of Patentability for a New Invention: Guidelines For Non-Patent Lawyers
Rodney L. Sparks, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Biotechnology Patent Counsel, Patent Department, University of Virginia Patent Foundation, USA
Having an effective technology evaluation and patenting strategy in place may be critical
to the growth of a company or to prevent a company from losing its competitive edge.
When an invention is made at a company, when considering in-licensing, or when
considering a merger or acquisition, a patentability assessment may be required.
Patentability opinions prepared by patent lawyers can be quite expensive and the opinions
are usually not guarantees that a technology is either patentable or unpatentable.
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