Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks For Dummies
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The world of patents, copyrights, and trademarks has its share of acronyms, just like any other field. Although when you see IP, you may think “Internet protocol,” in the intellectual property realm, IP stands for, well, intellectual property. The following table lists some of the more commonly used acronyms in the IP world:

ARIPO Western Africa Patent Office
EAPO Eurasian Patent Office
EFS Electronic Patent Filing System
EPO European Patent Office
EU European Union
IP Intellectual property
MPEP Manual of Patent Examining Procedure
OA Office action (by a patent or trademark examiner)
OAIP Southeastern African Patent Office
OHIM Office for Harmonization in the International Market (European Trademark Office)
OWA Original work of authorship (protected by copyright)
PCT Patent Cooperation Treaty
PVPA Plant Variety Protection Act
PVPO Plant Variety Protection Office
TMEP Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure
UPOV Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants
USC United States Codes
USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office
TEAS Trademark Electronic Application System
WIPO World Industrial Property Organization
WMFH Work made for hire

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Henri Charmasson is an attorney with a 35-year career in the field of intellectual property (IP) law. He has been a naming adviser to major corporations. Henri is also an inventor with his name on 15 U.S. patents and an entrepreneur who sits on the board of several small business corporations. In his early engineering career, Henri designed computer hardware. Henri has authored several articles and delivered lectures on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret topics, and written an authoritative treatise about the art of naming companies and branding new products. Born, raised, and educated in sunny Provence, France, he’s found in California the ideal place to exert his enterprising spirit.

John Buchaca, also an Intellectual Property law attorney, is a former software engineer and occasional inventor, and has worked with Henri for more than 15 years. Indeed, when Henri wrote the first edition of this book, John regarded himself as the “first dummy.” Before becoming a lawyer, he worked in ocean acoustics analysis and modeling and computer programming. His undergraduate degree is in applied mathematics. But his highest claim to fame (according to Henri) is to be married to Henri’s daughter and to be the father of two of Henri’s grandchildren. He lives in San Diego, California where he is a partner at Charmasson, Buchaca & Leach, LLP, an IP law firm.

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