Obtaining a US patent with Dr. William Tonti

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Obtaining a US patent

William R. Tonti Ph.D./MBA, Fellow of the IEEE
wtonti@ieee.org

The ingredients that are necessary and sufficient for granting a US patent are the intersection of new, useful, and non-obvious elements of enablement. This intersection is used by experts skilled in the art to examine the patent specification and it’s claims. As an inventor you must describe why this application is not anticipated by the prior art. The analysis of prior art when viewed as a unique element or in combination therein cannot read against the claims that arise as a result of the proposed invention. This talk will analyze USPA 5,798,553 “Trench Isolated FET Devices, and the Method for their manufacture”. The application describes a fundamental industry problem, and a proposed solution. A description of how this problem statement was introduced into the technical community through IEEE publication is also shown. Fundamental electrical engineering principles are used to both analyze and solve the problem. A semiconductor process solution using standard techniques is shown to satisfy the conditions of new, useful, and non-obvious, and leads to the claims this patent now protects.

William R. Tonti

Dr. Tonti holds a BSEE from Northeastern University, an MSEE and a P.h.D from the University of Vermont, and an MBA from St. Michael’s College. He retired from IBM in 2009 after 30+ years of service, working as the lead semiconductor technologist for a large part of his career. Dr. Tonti holds in excess of 290 issued patents, and has been recognized as an IBM Master Inventor. He was honored by having his 250’th patent issue transcribed into the U.S. Congressional Record. Dr. Tonti is a Fellow of the IEEE a past IEEE Reliability Society President, a recipient of the IEEE Reliability Engineer of the Year award, and the IEEE 3’rd Millennium medal. Dr. Tonti joined IEEE in 2009 as the Director of IEEE Future Directions where he works alongside staff and volunteers to incubate new technologies within the IEEE.

 

Obtaining a US patent

William R. Tonti Ph.D./MBA, Fellow of the IEEE
wtonti@ieee.org

The ingredients that are necessary and sufficient for granting a US patent are the intersection of new, useful, and non-obvious elements of enablement. This intersection is used by experts skilled in the art to examine the patent specification and it’s claims.

Bill Tonti, Senior Director of IEEE Future Directions, presents his ideas, concepts, and advice on patent production and intellectual property.

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