This discussion briefly explores the range of intellectual property options in view of the nature of inventions and their market value, particularly for entrepreneurs. Specific strategies for controlling ever-increasing patent costs in the face of market uncertainty. It does not recommend that inventors prosecute patent applications themselves, lest they get much less than they pay for.

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University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

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This series began by Professor Field in the 1970s in print booklets continued as web pages and were last updated in 2015.