Books and Articles


First to File: Patents for Today’s Scientist and Engineer

John Wiley & Sons Inc., October 2014
ISBN: 978-1-118-83965-2

The America Invents Act (AIA) introduces some of the biggest changes in patent law since 1952. This book lays out the new features of the AIA, explains the differences between the first-to-file rule introduced by the AIA and the pre-existing first-to-invent rule, sets out the changes in determinations of patentable novelty under the new law, and focuses on the growth of new technologies in industry and on the laws pertaining to their possible patent rights. The book bridges the gap between the realistic needs and questions of scientists and engineers and the legal skills of professionals in the patent field at a level accessible to those with no legal training. Figures, tables, glossaries, and indices expand on those of the author’s earlier books to help make this book an up-to-date resource for the technology industry.

Book Reviews 

“Overall it represents a distillation of a very wide experience gained from many years of hands-on practice. This is a must-have buy for research establishments that do not have an in-house patent department.” — Chromatographia, 20 March 2015

“Overall, I really liked the book and its coverage of topics. As the title suggests, this book covers patent law from the perspective of post-enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011. … While not light read for the average scientist or engineer, it certainly provides practical insight into the current state of patent law and practice.” — Patent Baristas Blog, 27 April 2015

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Patents for Business: The Manager’s Guide to Scope, Strategy, and Due Diligence

Praeger Publishers, January 2007
ISBN: 978-0-99337.5

The strategic management of patents, and the costs of enforcing and defending them, are becoming critical business functions. This book explains the topics addressed in patent “due diligence,” a procedure commonly performed by attorneys as a preliminary step in corporate fundraising, licensing, acquisitions, and other transactions between companies or between a company and its investors, and allows inventors, managers, and marketing personnel to follow the procedure and work most effectively with the attorneys actually performing due diligence to assure the success of the transaction. The book also helps companies analyze the costs and benefits of patent management, and navigate through the legal and technical maze of establishing a patent portfolio.

Patent Empowerment for Small Corporations

Quorum Books, August 2001
ISBN: 1-567-452-X

Small corporations are the leading forces in the development of new technologies, and patents are their most important assets. Heines’ book offers executives in small, rising corporations an in-depth, practical, useful comprehension of the patent system – the knowledge they need to understand, and work with, professional patent attorneys.

Recent Articles
  • Divided Infringement: Expanding Opportunities for Patent Enforcement – The National Law Review, February 17, 2017
  • Patents: What Makes an Invention Nonobvious? – Chemical Engineering Progress, November 2016: 51-56
  • Patents: Crossing the Novelty Threshold – Chemical Engineering Progress, November 2015: 38-46
  • Are We Covered? Understand the Strengths and Weaknesses of a Patenting PolicyChemical Engineering Progress, 108(11): 44-49 (November 2012)
  • A ChE's Guide to Intellectual Property – Chemical Engineering Progress, 108(5): 65-70 (May 2012)
  • Carbon Nanotubes: Identifying and Confronting the Blocking Patents – Nanotechnology Law and Business, vol. 7.4, Winter 2010, pp. 330-349
  • Carbon Nanotubes: Tracing the Growth of a Young Technology Through Patents – Nanotechnology Law and Business, vol. 7, issue 1, Spring 2010, pp. 21-37
  • The Two Faces of Patent Due Diligence: A Case Study in Solar Cells and Nanotechnology – Nanotechnology Law and Business, vol. 6, issue 1, Spring 2009, pp. 4-18
Recent Patent Updates
  • Broaden Your Portfolio With Design Patents - Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2019
  • That Was My Invention, Not Yours! - Chemical Engineering Progress, September 2019
  • Will Secret Sales Be a Bar to a Patent? - Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2019
  • Patentable Invention or Mere Optimization? - Chemical Engineering Progress, March 2019
  • The Long-Term Consequences of Not Paying Maintenance Fees - Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2018
  • Prior Commercial Use Can Affect Patentability - Chemical Engineering Progress, September 2018
  • When Patent Enforcement Becomes Exploitation - Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2018
  • Your Invention: Patent Worthy or Merely Inherent? - Chemical Engineering Progress, March 2018
  • Patent Exhaustion: The Patent Owner’s Dilemma - Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2017
  • Chemical Inventions and the Doctrine of Equivalents - Chemical Engineering Progress, September 2017
  • Challenging Your Own Patent – Know the Limitations - Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2017
  • Infringement: When Can the Actions of One be Attributed to Another? - Chemical Engineering Progress, March 2017
  • Is the Subject Matter of Your Invention Eligible for Patenting? - Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2016
  • Issues to Consider in Claiming Your Invention - Chemical Engineering Progress, September 2016
  • Can a Patent Be Infringed Before It Issues? - Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2016
  • When Does Patent Infringement Become a Federal Offense? - Chemical Engineering Progress, March 2016
  • Patent Validity Could Come Down to Clarity - Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2015
  • Process Claims: Know Your Infringer - Chemical Engineering Progress, September 2015
  • Issues to Consider in Claiming Your Invention - Chemical Engineering Progress, September 2015
  • What Constitutes Inducement to Infringe a Patent?Chemical Engineering Progress, July 2015
  • Maintain Your Company’s Trade SecretsChemical Engineering Progress, February 2015
  • When Can Your Obligation to Sign Over Your Patent Rights be Implied? – Chemical Engineering Progress, October 2014
  • Do You Qualify as a Co-Inventor? – Chemical Engineering Progress, July 2014
  • An On-Sale Bar to Patentability Can Arise in Various Ways – Chemical Engineering Progress, February 2014
  • Computer-Implemented Inventions as Patent Subject Matter – Chemical Engineering Progress, August 2013
  • An Invention’s Nonobviousness May Not Be Obvious – Chemical Engineering Progress, April 2013
  • Co-Inventors: Who Owns the Patent Rights? – Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2012
  • Supplement Your Patent Estate With Trade Secrets – Chemical Engineering Progress, February 2012
  • The New Patent Law: Looking Under the Hood – Chemical Engineering Progress, October 2011
  • Accommodating Trade Secrets and Patents – Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2011
  • Understand What Constitutes an Act of Invention – Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2010
  • Supreme Court Weighs in on Process Patents – Chemical Engineering Progress, August 2010
  • Understand your Rights and Responsibilities Under an Employee Invention Agreement – Chemical Engineering Progress, May 2010
  • Does Your Green-Tech Patent Application Qualify for Accelerated Examination? – Chemical Engineering Progress, March 2010
  • Can Your U.S. Patent be Enforced over Competitive Activities Abroad? – Chemical Engineering Progress, October 2009
  • Know the Risks of False Patent Marking – Chemical Engineering Progress, February 2009
  • Understanding Process Patents and Their Limitations – Chemical Engineering Progress, December 2008
  • Be Aware of Patent Exhaustion when Licensing an Invention – Chemical Engineering Progress, July 2008
  • Posting on an Internet Server May Affect Your Patent Rights – Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2008
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