Technical Communication and Patent Law

Subject: Technical Communication and Patent Law
From: Elizabeth Hostetter <ElizabethH -at- trustmarque -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 08:52:29 -0400


I was wondering if any of you had any experience working with/for patent
agents, trademark agents, or anyone else in a technical-legal field.

Over the past few months I have been exchanging ideas on document
management, editing tools, and interviewing practices with a friend of mine,
who is a patent agent. It would appear that technical writing and patent
drafting have quite a bit in common. Both interview specialists to gather
precise information about a technical or scientific 'object', the document
drafting and review processes are similar, and thus, both professions do or
can make use of similar tools (sign-off sheets, revision control procedures,
and sophisticated word processing programs). The key difference is the
audience; technical writers write for customers and patent agents write for
patent examiners.

(As I move into more of a documentalist role I am also seeing links to
information science.)

TIA and I look forward to reading about your experiences.

Elizabeth Hostetter
TrustMarque Canada Ltd.
Montréal, QC

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