The Handbook contains 24 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). Sections on establishing user accounts and accessing the PTO's patent information website include numerous screen images to help the reader understand how to navigate the PTO website. 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 25 years, with 20 years experience in Intellectual Property. Working at several law firms in the Washington D.C. metro area, she helped prepare, file and prosecute thousands of U.S. and International patent applications. She earned the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification in 2003 (renewed in 2008) and Professional Paralegal (PP) certification in 2009 through NALS...an association for legal professionals. She is currently a Legal Practice Assistant with Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., McLean, Virginia.
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