Patent, Copyright Trademark, 6th edition

By Attorneys Stephen Elias and Richard Stim


APRIL 2003


Richard Stim


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Patent, copyright & trademark / by Stephen Elias and Richard Stim. — 6th ed.

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Includes index.

ISBN 0-87337-949-7

1. Intellectual property—United States—Popular works. I. Title: Patent, copyright, and trademark. II. Stim, Richard III. Title.

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I dedicate this book to my uncle Paul and aunt Laverne, who taught me that curiosity is the best policy.


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About the Authors

Stephen Elias received a law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1969. He practiced in California, New York and Vermont until 1980 when he decided to make a full-time career of helping non-lawyers understand and use the law. Steve has written and edited over 30 books for Nolo including six books on intellectual property law.

Richard Stim is an attorney specializing in intellectual property and an editor at Nolo. He is the author of seven other intellectual property books including Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials Online and Off (Nolo); Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business (Nolo); and License Your Invention: Sell Your Idea and Protect Your Rights With a Solid Contract (Nolo). He enjoys watching movies but not if they’re longer than 2 hours.

Patent Copyright & Trademark
Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference
ISBN: 1413309208
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 152

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