Invention Analysis and Claiming
A Patent Lawyer's Guide


BY RONALD D. SLUSKY


About the Author

Ronald D. Slusky is a patent attorney in private practice in New York City.

Ron learned the patent craft at Bell Labs—originally a unit of AT&T and later of Lucent Technologies—from which he retired in 2001. He also served briefly as interim patent counsel for NEC Laboratories America in Princeton, New Jersey.

In his 31-year career at Bell Labs, Ron had the opportunity to mentor dozens of patent attorneys both as a direct mentor and for 13 years as a managing attorney supporting lawyers responsible for patenting inventions in the areas of information sciences, computer systems, modems and telecommunications. One of the most satisfying aspects of his career has been to mentor other attorneys in the “old school” skills that he learned from his mentors at Bell Labs, as well as to share with them some catch-phrases, analogies and metaphors that he developed over the years as a way of explaining patent concepts to the neophyte. “Analyze First, Claim-Draft Second” is one such. All of that is presented in his new book, Invention Analysis and Claiming: A Patent Lawyer’s Guide. 

Ron holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University. He is admitted to the New Jersey bar, as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office.