What is a patent?
A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the government to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling an invention througout the United States or importing an invention into the United States for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Chisum on Patents Also on Lexis. Landmark treatise on the law of patents, covering the principles, doctrines, and rules. Discusses the historical background, statutory provisions, and major court decisions in each subject area, with extensive footnotes to significant cases.
Moy's Walker on Patents (4th ed.) Also on Westlaw. Oldest reference work on U.S. patent law currently in print. Provides an in-depth analytical treatment of all substantive areas of patent law, along with historical background and information about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.