I am looking for some intermediate level books on patents. I heard about a book called "Patent It Yourself", has anyone read it and can you recommend it? What group is the book targeting and does it give some deeper insight? Is it country specific?

(Other suggestions are appreciated too)

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    Patent It Yourself targets inventors, and relates to practice before the USPTO. Where it fails, in my opinion, is by encouraging inventors to file their own applications: which is a great way for them to waste money. It does a fair job of being a casual reference for a casually interested professional, but is not really a replacement for a proper reference book on US patent law.
    – Maca
    Commented Dec 24, 2016 at 9:13
  • I have not read the book, but I have seen comments about it in another forum. They are in line with Maca's comments. Do you have country/region orientation or not? And are you looking for an actual book or for fundamental sources (like the European Patent Convention and the Guidelines)? Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 21:15
  • Europe/germany. A book, or sth portable bigger than my phone ;)
    – user18033
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 10:21
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    My European go-to is Visser's The Annotated European Patent Convention. It can be a little awkward at times since it is structured around the EPC instead of logically by topic, but its commentary is typically very well written.
    – Maca
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 12:02

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I'm a big fan of Patents Demystified as a guide to patents for inventors and startups. Some folks here on Stack Exchange suggested it to me and it was just what I was looking for. Seems like the patent book that most people use.

It has a great foundation of the basics and works up to intermediate and advanced patent strategies. Unlike most patent books I found, this one is really easy to understand and has specific actionable steps and strategies for protecting inventions and maximizing protection.

It's primarily directed to the U.S. patent process, but also discusses how the foreign patent process works as well.

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