Book Reviews

Consider a Spherical Patent: IP and Patenting in Technology Business

Joseph E. Gortych

CRC Press, 2014; $59.95 (paperback).

Gortych leverages his education in physics, optics and law with his experience in the technology industry and his intellectual property (IP) law firm to provide the reader with a concise but comprehensive book on technology patents. The intended audience is those who work for technology companies and independent inventors. This highly recommended, practical book presents the fields of IP and patenting in a clear and interesting manner. It is an essential guidebook for the novice. The author draws analogies with modern physics to make his points. All key terms are explained and can be found in the glossary and in the index, and figures help to illustrate the key concepts. Real-world examples elucidate the material and illustrate what practices enhance success in the IP world. Topics range from the inner workings of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to the use and misuse of patent applications and patent infringeability and validity. Do not innovate without first reading this book.

Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE. 

The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or OSA.


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