Everything Inventions And Patents Book: Turn Your Crazy Ideas into Money-making Machines! (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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The Everything Inventions and Patents Book is your step-by-step guide to turning your bright idea into a lucrative enterprise. Authored by two successful inventors and businesswomen, this guide shows you how to make your brainchild profitable! With information on everything from protecting your idea, to learning whom you can trust, The Everything Inventions and Patents Book sets you on the right path toward turning your wildest dreams into tangible, patented reality! Includes vital tips on patent law; sales and ...
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Overview

The Everything Inventions and Patents Book is your step-by-step guide to turning your bright idea into a lucrative enterprise. Authored by two successful inventors and businesswomen, this guide shows you how to make your brainchild profitable! With information on everything from protecting your idea, to learning whom you can trust, The Everything Inventions and Patents Book sets you on the right path toward turning your wildest dreams into tangible, patented reality! Includes vital tips on patent law; sales and marketing; developing your idea into a workable plan; filling out a patent application; getting your invention off the ground floor; and so much more. The Everything Inventions and Patents Book is the only resource you need for creating and protecting your idea, your investment, and your future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440523625
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 12/12/2005
  • Series: Everything
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Top Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Inventors x
Introduction xi
1 Me-an Inventor? 1
What Is an Inventor? 2
It Starts with a Great Idea 5
Make Money while You Sleep 8
A Typical Day 9
Love What You Do 11
Inventing as a Profession 12
2 Do You Have What It Takes? 13
Mental Preparation 14
Think Outside the Box 15
A Light Bulb Moment 16
Are You a Dreamer or a Doer? 17
Go for It! 18
Reality Check 21
3 Protecting Your Idea 25
First to Invent Rule 26
One-Year Rule 28
Create an Inventor's Journal 29
File a Disclosure Document 31
Keep It Hush-Hush! 33
Nondisclosure Agreements 35
4 Join the Club! 37
Benefits of Joining a Club or Organization 38
Inventors' Associations and Clubs 40
Inventors' Seminars and Workshops 42
Trade Associations 45
Trade Shows 47
Trade Magazines and Journals 49
5 Whom Can You Trust? 51
How to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys 52
Big-Time Crooks 55
Small-Time Crooks 60
Patent Attorneys and Patent Agents 61
Prototype Designers 61
Legitimate Marketability Evaluation Services 62
6 Your Idea-Your Responsibility 65
Preliminary Searching 66
Is Your Invention Worthwhile? 67
Steer Clear of Assumptions 68
Doing the Preliminary Market Search 69
Put It on Paper 72
7 Your Own Patent Search 75
What Is a Patent? 76
Why Search? 77
Internet Searching 78
The United States Patent and Trademark Library 81
The Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) 82
What if You Find Your Invention? 83
Moving Forward 83
8 Professional Patent Search 85
What Is a Professional Patent Search? 86
Choosing a Professional 88
Calculating Search Value 90
What a Searcher Needs from You 90
What if They Find Your Invention? 91
Does a Positive Result Guarantee a Patent? 92
Negative Legal Opinion 94
9 Your Prototype 95
What Is a Prototype? 96
Developing a Prototype 98
Can You Make Your Own Prototype? 99
Rapid Prototyping and Molding 100
Professional Prototype Designers 101
Other Sources for Prototyping 102
10 Invention Marketability Evaluation 105
What a Marketability Evaluation Tells You 106
Benefits of a Marketability Evaluation 109
Where Can You Get a Marketability Evaluation? 110
Cost and Duration of Marketability Evaluations 111
In the Event of a Positive Marketability Evaluation 113
In the Event of a Discouraging Marketability Evaluation 114
11 Patenting Your Invention 117
An Overview of the Process 118
Are All Patents Equal? 119
Types of Patents 120
Who May Write, File, and Prosecute Your Patent? 125
What's Included in a Patent Application? 129
Now What? 131
12 Not Patentable? Other Options 133
Figure It Out 134
Trademarks 134
Copyrights 138
Trade Secrets 140
Expired Patents 140
Patented but Not Marketed Products 141
13 Funding Your Invention 143
On a Shoestring 144
Friends and Family 147
Bank Loans 148
Partners 149
Investors 151
14 Your Ultimate Goal 155
Choosing to Sell Your Patent 156
Choosing Not to Sell Your Patent 157
Choosing to License Your Patent 158
Choosing Not to License Your Patent 161
Choosing to Become a Manufacturer 162
Choosing Not to Become a Manufacturer 163
Where to Get Guidance 164
15 Building a Business Around Your Invention 167
Setting Up Your Business 168
Resources 168
Your Business Identity 171
Financial Needs 172
UPC Code 172
Distribution Channels 174
Offshore Manufacturing 177
Risks for Business Owners 180
16 Finding a Licensee 183
Existing Products 184
Trade Shows 185
Let Them Find You 188
Licensing Agents 189
Library Resources 191
Internet Searches 192
17 Getting the Word Out 193
Publicity 194
News Releases 197
Proof of Marketability 198
Displaying at Trade Shows 199
The Phone Call 200
Product Publicists 202
18 Presenting Your Invention for Licensing 205
Who Is Your Target Customer? 206
The Importance of Your Presentation 206
Putting It Together 208
Presenting Your Product 212
Know What You Want 214
Follow Up and Prepare to Wait 214
19 Your License Agreement 217
What Is a License Agreement? 218
Exclusive Versus Nonexclusive License Agreements 219
Let's Talk Royalty 221
Negotiating a Contract 224
What Belongs in a License Agreement? 224
Realistic Expectations 228
20 Toy Inventing: A Whole Different Ball Game 229
Throw Out All the Rules! 230
Should You Patent a Toy? 230
Do You Need a Prototype of Your Toy or Game? 232
Toy Marketing 233
Professional Associations and Magazines 236
Representing Yourself 237
Toy Contracts 238
Take the Money and Run! 239
21 Me-an Inventor! 241
You're in the Money Now 242
Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships 242
Limited Liability Companies and Corporations 244
Don't Be a One-Hit Wonder-Invent Again! 245
Life in the Slow Lane 246
Share the Wealth 247
Appendix A Glossary of Terms 251
Appendix B Resources for Inventors 261
Appendix C Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries 267
Appendix D Forms and Samples 271
Index 285
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