An Introduction to the Patent System
This 17-minute video is designed to be shown to jurors in patent jury trials. It contains important background information intended to help jurors understand what patents are, why they are needed, how inventors get them, the role of the Patent and Trademark Office, and why disputes over patents arise.
An Introduction to the Patent System was developed with the assistance of an advisory committee of district judges and patent attorneys. Special care was taken to ensure that it provides an impartial and objective view of the patent process. It is, however, up to the individual trial judge to decide whether or not to use this video in patent jury trials. The Center is simply making it available as a resource.
Attorneys and other members of the public who would like to watch the program may download it from this page.
This video production is not copyrighted and may be duplicated or added to private websites without the Center’s permission, although acknowledgment of the Center as producer would be apprecia
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to download the accompanying sample patent (144 K).
The Center provides DVD copies only to federal judges and court employees. Attorneys and members of the public can obtain DVD copies from the American Intellectual Property Law Association at
, tel. 703-415-0780