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By Ronald Slusky

Patent Paradigms and the “Inner Game”1

Ronald Slusky mentored dozens of attorneys in “old school” invention analysis and claiming principles over a 31-year career at Bell Laboratories. He is now in private practice in New York City. This column is adapted from Ron’s book, “Invention Analysis and Claiming: A Patent Lawyer’s Guide (American Bar Association, 2d Ed. 2012) which, for the present, is available only from the publisher at Ron also offers one- and two-day seminars -- including in-house and one-on-one in his New York Office -- based on the teachings in his book. Details at Ron can be reached at 212-246-4546 and

An early working title of my book was The Inner Game of Invention Analysis.” This was a shameless takeoff on the title of 1972 book by W. Timothy Gallwey entitled The Inner Game of Tennis. 2 Gallwey’s book describes a way of approaching the game of tennis that distinguishes between its mechanical aspects—the “how to” of watching the ball, swinging the racket, bending the knees—and a set of mental skills and attitudes without which, in Gallwey’s estimation, high p...

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