Patent Basics Every Researcher and Engineer Should Know

Authored by: Robert M. Hansen

Thermoelectrics and its Energy Harvesting

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781439874707
eBook ISBN: 9781439874714
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This chapter provides an overview of intellectual property, focusing on elements of interest to engineers and scientists in the fields of thermoelectric materials and devices. Given the arcane and ever-changing nature of intellectual property laws around the world, this chapter cannot be an exhaustive reference. Rather, this chapter provides engineers and scientists with sufficient background information regarding intellectual property to enable them to appreciate the subject, recognize when legal assistance should be obtained to protect intellectual property, and assist legal counsel in identifying and documenting intellectual property. Note that no attorney−client relationship is established between the author and the reader, and the following are not intended to be legal advice.

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