The Handbook contains 29 chapters and is arranged and indexed logically so that you can quickly access the information. The Handbook starts with an explanation of patent basics and moves onto explain how to do business electronically with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). The Handbook includes a section for each step in the patent process from preparing a patent application, to filing and advancing the application through the PTO to issue as a patent. The Handbook has numerous checklists that will serve as an invaluable aid to novices and a reinforcement of best practices for more experienced staff.
Susan Stiles has been a Legal Assistant for more than 30 years, with 25 years paralegal experience in Intellectual Property. Working at several law major law firms in the Washington, DC metro area, Mrs. Stiles helped prepare, file and prosecute thousands of U.S. and international patent applications. Mrs. Stiles earned the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification (2003-2013) and Professional Paralegal (PP) certification (2009-2014) through NALS...an association of legal professionals.
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