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Downloadable Textbook

The complete course textbook for 6.901/6.931, Create or Perish, by Dr. Robert Rines, is provided below.

Cover and Introduction (PDF)

Chapter 1: The Origin and Development of the American Patent System (PDF)

Chapter 2: The Role of the Patent Office and the Courts (PDF)

Chapter 3: The Patent Law (PDF - 1.3 MB)

Chapter 4: Patents in Action (The History of the Basic Telephone Patent) (PDF - 1.1 MB)

Chapter 5: The Rights, Obligations, and Problems of Inventors (Employee-Employer Relations) (PDF - 1.3 MB)

Chapter 6: The Future of American Patents (PDF - 1.5 MB)

Chapter 7: The Modernization of Patent Systems (PDF)

Chapter 8: Court Modernization for Aiding the Patent System and the Law, in General (PDF)

Chapter 9: A Formula for Economic Decline (PDF)