“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.
Volume I of Mueller on Patent Law covers patentability and validity. It offers a clear-cut approach to understanding the multiple, rigorous requirements for obtaining a U.S. patent. Following introductory chapters overviewing the patent system and the central importance of patent claims, Volume I explicates the cornerstone requirement of novelty and what counts as prior art under both pre- and post-AIA regimes. Volume I also tackles the amorphous landscape of patent eligibility, as well as the bedrock requirements that a patentable invention be useful and not only new but nonobvious. Separate chapters unpack the patent application disclosure requirements of enablement, written description, and best mode. Volume I concludes with chapters analyzing inventorship, the prohibition on double patenting, and the nuts and bolts of prosecuting patents in the USPTO.