Mueller on Patent Law

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Author Janice M. Mueller
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“The 2020 edition of Mueller on Patent Law by Professor Janice Mueller provides exceptionally complete, accurate and penetrating insights into the intricacies of the innumerable issues in this specialized, complex and rapidly developing area of law. I am using it in writing amicus briefs for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court as well as for articles on such issues for both patent practitioners and the staffers and Members of the Congress. Among its many advantages is the tight organization that enable instant location of the exact material one seeks. I know of not better resource, for this two-volume work reflects her lifetime of deep scholarship in this field.” – Judge Paul R. Michel (Retired), Former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2004-2010) and Circuit Judge (1988-2010)

Mueller on Patent Law is a comprehensive yet accessible two-volume legal treatise for patent practitioners. This well-organized resource provides concise and timely access to U.S. patent law in the twenty-first century, focusing on game-changing Federal Circuit and Supreme Court decisions.

No longer an obscure specialty, patent law protects intellectual assets of tremendous economic value in the global economy. For better or worse, patent practitioners now confront a tsunami of information and advice offered by websites, blogs, specialty journals, and even smartphone apps. Mueller on Patent Law provides a clearly structured filter through which to absorb the content flood. Rather than a historical encyclopedia, this treatise is a carefully curated guide to understanding the current state of patent law and how it has developed during the Federal Circuit’s tenure.

Volume I of Mueller on Patent Law focuses on the requirements for patentability, both pre- and post-America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA), as well as patent prosecution procedures. Volume II covers patent enforcement and validity challenges, including AIA-implemented post-issuance USPTO review. Both volumes emphasize the criticality of patent claim drafting and interpretation.


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Janice M. Mueller is a registered U.S. patent attorney and chemical engineer. She was the first woman to serve as a judicial law clerk for Judge Giles S. Rich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, from 1990 to 1992. Janice litigated patent and copyright infringement cases as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice before entering legal academia. From 2004 to 2011 Janice was a tenured full Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she taught and wrote in the field of intellectual property law with an emphasis in U.S. and comparative patent law. Janice has also taught at John Marshall Law School (Chicago), Suffolk University (Boston), the University of Kentucky, the University of Washington, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, and William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul). Wolters Kluwer issued the sixth edition of her student text, Patent Law, in 2020. Janice’s scholarly articles have been published in Baylor Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Houston Law Review, Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, Kentucky Law Journal, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and Washington Law Review. In 2009 Janice co-founded with Donald S. Chisum the Chisum Patent Academy, which provides patent law educational services in a unique small-group seminar format. Janice has served on the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Amicus Committee, lectured for BarBri Patent Bar Review, chaired the Expert Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, and was a trustee of the Federal Circuit Historical Society.