The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent: A Step-by-Step Road Map to Protect Your Ideas and Inventions [NOOK Book]


What do all of these famous inventions have in common: air conditioning, airbags, bandages, barbed wire, blow dryers, can openers, cement, chewing gum, computers, credit cards, doughnuts, jeans, microwave ovens, paper towels, Play-Doh, Post-it Notes, potato chips, roller coasters, safety pins, Scotch tape, skateboards, staplers, straws, sunscreen, typewriters, Viagra, zippers? They were all invented in the US by American inventors, and they all went on to make fortunes for the inventors and those companies ...
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What do all of these famous inventions have in common: air conditioning, airbags, bandages, barbed wire, blow dryers, can openers, cement, chewing gum, computers, credit cards, doughnuts, jeans, microwave ovens, paper towels, Play-Doh, Post-it Notes, potato chips, roller coasters, safety pins, Scotch tape, skateboards, staplers, straws, sunscreen, typewriters, Viagra, zippers? They were all invented in the US by American inventors, and they all went on to make fortunes for the inventors and those companies licensing the ideas. Do not be left out, and don t spend thousands in unnecessary legal fees, you can file your own patent with the step-by-step guidance in this new book. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the number of patents filed in the US increased from 186,507 in 1992 to 535,188 in 2011. Approximately one out of five patents are filed by the prospective owner/inventor. You’ll find that only minimal assistance if any is needed from an attorney or agent in securing your patent. This book offers a simple, straightforward introduction to patent law written in layman s terms. This book is written for inventors not attorneys, and for those that want to save thousands on legal fees protecting their ideas and inventions. A patent protects an invention and gives an exclusive right to the benefits of an invention. A patent is in essence a contract between the United States government and holder of an invention. This new book will explain how to secure a patent on your own without expensive attorney fees. If you think you have a great invention then you need this extremely detailed and comprehensive guide to the process of getting a patent. The book covers everything needed and easily explained from the initial patent search to filing a successful and hopefully financially lucrative application.
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  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/20/2013
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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    This book holds your hand through a complicated process...

    The word ¿complete¿ in the title of this book holds true through it¿s content. Securing a U.S. Patent is an extremely delicate process, which must be handled carefully. There are many details to tend to and this book highlights them all in an extremely intellectual yet broadly understood manner. <BR/><BR/>From the inception of an idea through to the finalization of the patenting process, every step must be documented, drafted, checked and rechecked. This book guides the reader from the beginning through to the end of the process, ¿dotting all I¿s and crossing all T¿s.¿ <BR/><BR/>Burrell¿s knowledge of the patenting process gained through his own experiences are evident. The content of the book carries the reader from the 1st step of drafting the specifications of your concept and documenting your discoveries in the early beginning stages through the searches and research, to the document filing process, the laws one should be familiar with and one¿s rights related to patenting. This book also contains examples of forms, a useful glossary and other charts including a chart listing the member nations of the patent cooperation treaty. There are also helpful tips provided by an experienced patent attorney throughout the book adding further useful information to this already great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    I¿ve always had a million ideas for new inventions but never seriously followed through with it. But having found this book while day dreaming I might just actually go through with a Patent application. The most useful section for me was on IP 'Intellectual Property'. Most of my ideas are not actually things I¿d make with my own hands, or get someone to manufacture, so it really helped me figure out what steps I should take to still secure my rights. I think I¿d be confident to go through with an of the processes described in the book now ¿ even chasing someone down for infringing on my patents LOL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    A must for the U.S. inventor

    Jamaine Burrell's 'The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent: A Step-by-Step Road Map to Protect Your Ideas and Inventions' is exactly that -- a clear, linear, easily read map for the serious U.S. inventor. Given the intricate rules currently regulating patent law, the odds of the independent inventor falling victim to complex legalese and misinterpretations thereof are great here, however, Burrell has compiled a well-organized breakdown of the data needed to take your invention from idea to execution and beyond. With such resources as fee schedules, government links, and even a state-by-state guide of patent and trademark depository libraries, this accurate (and priceless!) exploration of the business side of inventions will no doubt simplify the daunting, often-arduous, patent process. Indeed, it may even save the savvy inventor thousands of dollars by circumventing the need for attorney interpretation. It is this interpretation and no-nonsense advice, in particular, that are instrumental to this book's success as a reference for copyright, royalty, and filing criteria as an added bonus, the companion CD-Rom even includes the checklists and forms required for an individual patent application! Although the creative process is inarguably the 'fun' part of inventions, it is a fact that the legalities of U.S. patent procedure are an integral -- if not the most integral -- step in the American inventor's journey. 'The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent: A Step-by-Step Road Map to Protect Your Ideas and Inventions' can certainly smooth the path toward turning your invention into a reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    There¿s a million dollar idea or invention in all of us. Most of us never both to try to develop those ideas or inventions¿for a whole host of reasons. There¿s no doubt about it the process IS complex and complicated. That¿s why there will always be a demand for patent attorneys. But we do have an option. You can read all about it in Jamaine Burrell¿s book. In addition to being a fabulous how-to guide, Jamaine has made VERY interesting a subject that has great potential to be dry, dull, and BORING. Getting a patent doesn¿t have to break the bank! I know, I have one and I followed the process laid out in Jamaine Burrell¿s book. Now, no one will ever be able to steal my invention even if I never get around to putting it into production. Who knows, maybe a manufacture with deep pockets will want to take it off my hands. If so, I owe it all to Jamaine Burrell. If you¿ve ever thought you had an idea or invention worth protecting, you owe it to yourself to buy this book¿today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Securing a Patent from A to Z

    ¿The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent¿ by Jamaine Burrell takes the inventor on a journey from concept to marketplace, and covers everything else in between. An easy-to-follow guide, the complicated topic of patenting is simplified by Burell. It offers practical advice and instructions, tips and examples. It will undoubtedly help any inventor learn the ropes of filing, protecting and maintaining a U.S. patent. Imagine life without the cell phone or home computer. Without those technologies, modern-day life would be very different. For those inventors, patenting was an important process. With this book, patenting doesn¿t have to be a mysterious task. Even the lay person can file a patent. Whether the inventor has created a new medicine, a breed of fruit, machinery, or computer software, they will want to protect their invention and make sure it finds its way to market. This will give them the knowledge to actually do so. It also discusses copywrites, trade marks and trade secrets. The guide, with companion CD-ROM, could easily help the inventor bring the next big need or necessity into the mainstream. 5 Stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    Want to patent your great idea? You need this book!

    For anyone who¿s ever held off on really running with a great idea because the process of getting a patent seemed too daunting, this book is the next best thing to having an expert hold your hand and personally take you through all the steps. The author begins with a straightforward overview of what the book is designed to do and then follows through on all counts, beginning with the basics of what patents are all about and why they¿re so important. Also discussed in great detail are the elements of intellectual property, the processes of invention, and the steps to establishing patent ownership, including patent searches, filing a patent application, and protecting your patents. Although the book¿s main focus is patents, other intellectual property assets including copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets are also covered. Also included is a CD-ROM with all the forms and checklists necessary for filing a patent. Patent law is complex, and hiring a patent attorney can be costly. This book will not only help inventors protect their inventions and ideas, it can save them money along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    Secure your own patent without an attorney

    The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent by Jamaine Burrell is truly a complete reference source for deciphering the puzzle of securing a U.S. patent. At times, the complexity of the process boggled my mind, but the author cuts to the chase and gives good descriptions of legal requirements, definitions, specific info for certain states plus details on the various types of patents, intellectual property, inventions, copyrights and trademarks and more. p After describing many details, he gives complete instructions that would enable a layperson to do a patent search, fill out the applications and save plenty of money in attorney's fees. Of course, it is a long and extremely detailed process that could easily be messed up by not paying strict attention to details. The appendix includes a variety of information, including PTO fees and copyright fees, plus info on countries participating in certain conventions for those who may wish to pursue international patents or copyrights. p Overall, the book gives an excellent overview of the patent process, and I would recommend the do-it-yourself method for the most dedicated of souls, of which I am not one. I would either have to hire an attorney, or miss out on my big patent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    Inventive? This is the book!

    How To File A U.S. Patent 5 stars This book offers more than the title says. In addition to thorough information on how to get a patent, ¿How to Get a U.S. Patent¿ also contains chapters on copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. It is one of the best step-by-step guides to the official patent procedure that I¿ve seen. I have an idea, but I don¿t have a lot of legal knowledge. So I was pleased that this book explains the process (from definition, through research, to the actual application) clearly enough that I know it¿s something I could do. The book isn¿t light reading, but it¿s definitely accessible. I found the tips from the ¿Biz Wiz¿ particularly interesting, coming as they do from a patent attorney with an engineering background. I also appreciated the concrete details given (like where the state patent and trademark depositaries can be found in each state¿and what web sites can help you in your patent search). The appendixes (with extensive information on the fees involved, and on international patent protection) were especially valuable. More, the book comes with a companion CD that has all the forms that you need to file a patent. This is a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    Anyone involved in any kind of creative or inventive business needs a copy of this book. The title is actually a little bit deceptive: sure, this is a guide to securing your own patent, but it's also a guide to what to do with the patented material once you've got it. In clear, straightforward language, Jamaine Burrell makes a ridiculously complicated and intimidating subject clear and understandable for the beginner -- yet the book has still got a wealth of invaluable tips and info for those of us who've been in this business for a while. You'll come away not only understanding concepts such as intellectual property and copyright infringement, but also understanding the step-by-step process involved in getting a patent, establishing a copyright, and getting a registered trademark. Literally, this book takes the reader by the hand through the entire application process, leaving no questions unanswered. There¿s also a large amount of detail on marketing, manufacturing, and patent protection, so that you're not left high and dry once you've actually got the patent in hand. Especially helpful here is the layout and design, with highlighted lists and bullet points throughout breaking everything down into easily digestible portions. Additionally, there are helpful, easy-to-read hints from a registered patent attorney highlighted throughout the text, giving the reader another angle on the information, and comprehensive appendices, glossary, and index. Really, I can't say enough about this book. As someone who deals with intellectual property day in and day out, I wish I'd had a copy of this a long time ago. If there's a drawback at all, it's that the style can sometimes be a bit dry and technical, but overall, this is an indispensable resource.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Patent Review

    The Complete Guide To Securing Your Own U.S. Patent By Jamaine Burrell 5 out of 5 stars The Complete Guide To Securing Your Own U.S. Patent, really is, in all sense¿s of the words, a truly complete guide. Jamaine Burrell touches every topic and tangent that has anything to do with not only patents, but copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks as well. The reader is shown all the in- depth processes and procedures and steps taken to obtain a patent. I am amazed at how this book covers everything from what a patent is, to the application process, and even goes into marketing and manufacturing a patented invention. Resources in this book such as the list of Depository Libraries and the example application form are a major help to those seeking information on patents and trademarks. After finding out which Depository Library is located closest to me, in the near future, I have planned to make a trip to do a bit of exploring on the patents and trademarks that are recorded there. The extra wisdom from the Biz Wiz is definitely a plus to this book. Reading all of the extra ¿in-put¿ from the Biz Wiz really gives the reader a sense involved understanding. I have to say, that it is very rare to read a book with an appendix that actually serves a meaning purpose. The appendix in this book is amazing. It really gives meaning to the quote, ¿the book was good all the way to the very end.¿ This book is definitely a must read for every person that is looking for any information on anything to do with patents, copyrights, trade secrets, or trademarks. There is more information and detail in this book about patents than I ever thought was possible to explain with such informative details. Jamaine Burrell will surely put any person seeking a patent in the right direction by reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    well-written and informative

    Stuffed with essential information and written in a crisp, clear style, ¿The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent¿ is an excellent resource for anyone hoping to patent and develop an invention. The book walks you through the patent process, noting any potential pitfalls along the way, and recommending how to avoid those stumbling blocks. The explanations of the different types of U.S. patents available and the process an inventor must undergo in order to obtain a patent are detailed and specific. The BizWiz boxes scattered throughout the text highlight areas of particular importance, and serve as an excellent reminder to ¿do the obvious, even when it isn¿t¿. The realm of patent law can seem confusing and arcane, especially to a newcomer, but this book will help you navigate these treacherous waters with ease and confidence. This book is an essential resource for any inventor as even an experienced patent-seeker can find tips to make the patent-seeking process run more smoothly. Though they do not deal strictly with patents, the chapters on copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets are especially relevant in today¿s high-tech world. A well-written treatise on the patent process, this book definitely belongs on the reference shelf of any patent-seeker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    Easy-to-follow handbook

    The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent is exactly what it says¿a comprehensive handbook. Subtitled A Step-by-Step Road Map to Protect Your Ideas and Inventions, this book by Jamaine Burrell is a clear, easy-to-follow reference for an inventor who wishes to safeguard his invention. The book begins by defining the types of patents and the requirements for each and ends with descriptions of patent infringements and legal remedies. In between the reader will find instructions about how to document the development of an invention, including the importance of confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. I was particularly interested in the chapters which described the differences between copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. The author does his best to clarify the confusing patent search process. Other chapters deal with the application process and include images of the patent forms. The author even devotes a chapter to marketing, manufacturing, and distribution of patented inventions. The book includes appendices, which include fee schedules, and a glossary. I appreciated the chapter sidebars, which contain advice from an experienced patent attorney. In my mind, the weakest part of the book is the bibliography, which does not include complete citations of the reference works. This minor weakness does not in any way damage the value of this book as an essential tool for the inventor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    We would all be sitting in the dark if not for the invention of the light bulb. Thomas Edison did not invent the incandescent light bulb but he was a truly magnificent inventor. I personally thank George de Mestral the inventor of Velcro. Inventors and patents the backbone of society. Jamaine Burrell¿s book `Securing Your Own U.S. Patent is a must read for all inventors. It entails everything that you need to know about patents. It gives specific details on types of patents, marketing, requirements and protection for your ideas. It was suggested to President McKinley in 1899 to close the U.S. patent office. Where would we be today if this had taken place? Jamaine¿s book address¿s U.S. patents and discusses foreign patents. A step by step narrative of the specifics of the design application and the length of time to complete the application are easy to understand. The importance of hiring a patent attorney is stressed. The legality of the patent process is intimidating. There are copyright laws, patent laws, copyrights, registering a trademark, licensing, taxes and infringement issues. Jamaine has produced information for any layperson to understand in a sequential format. Jamaine urges all to take detailed notes on the development of the invention. All photos, original artwork, designs and drawings should be kept with the project. Information on the `One year rule¿, and whimsical inventions are discussed. What to do if the patent is rejected. Copies of the design patent application transmittal are included. This book is detailed, intense, and technical and thoroughly covers everything an inventor needs to accomplish to obtain a patent. A fee schedule is in the appendix of the book. The glossary is a great resource. I rate this book a 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    Save Time and Frustration with This Book

    ¿A Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent¿ is exactly that, a complete guide. Inventors can be turned off by the tedious tasks of pursuing a great idea simply because the patenting process is too complex. Jamaine Burrell solves this problem by providing a guide that includes everything you need to know to turn an inspiration into a successful product. The first half of the book is like a classroom. All documentation, preparation, and terminology involved in the patent application process is introduced. Burrell ensures that the reader is well-prepared by explaining the types of protection available and the criteria that inventions must meet to qualify for a patent. There was a section detailing pre-application searches, which I felt was especially helpful. Burrell provides a list of online, as well as in-person, search sources that will save the inventor the trouble of applying for a patent that might result in conflict. What I loved most about this book was the detailed, step-by-step explanation of each section of the application forms, along with images of the forms to understand exactly what information is required of the applicant. This seemed to make the process easier than filing taxes! Burrell doesn¿t abandon you once you¿ve submitted the application, either. The book further describes what happens to your application after you¿ve submitted it so you are not wondering if it is sitting at the bottom of a pile somewhere. There is even more information waiting for you after the patent is granted, as in what to do with your invention, how to manufacture it and how to market it. I think this book is a valuable reference tool for both new and experienced inventors. If you¿ve ever had a great idea, Jamaine Burrell¿s ¿A Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent¿ will escort you on your journey toward becoming a great inventor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    The Book Inventors Have Been Waiting For

    We all have ideas of how to make our lives easier and inventions that we use in our homes, offices, etc. to help with our daily tasks. The process of taking these ideas and inventions and keeping others from ¿adopting¿ them can a daunting task. Jamaine Burrell¿s book about obtaining a U.S. Patent helps you to a) understand the many steps you need to take to patent your inventions along with a timeline of when to complete them and b) guide you through the application process and help to understand the legalities and necessities to get your patent approved and on the market. While the book focuses on U.S. patents, it also offers information on foreign patents as well. With the help of this book, inventors can take ownership of their ideas and prepare to market them for a profit. Tips from the ¿Biz Wiz¿ throughout the book offer valuable insight to help with the legalities of the paperwork and records you need to keep as well as clarifying which items need to be done by an attorney and which ones you can complete yourself. The CD-rom provides the convenience of ready to use forms and checklists to help with the process. I was very impressed with the organization of the book and Burrell¿s ability to present the information in a way that is understandable and easy to follow. This is a wonderful resource for both the beginning inventor who is looking to patent their ideas as well as a reference for the experienced inventor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    a straightforward and thorough guide

    As the back cover of this book rightfully claims, this text is written in ¿layman¿s terms... for inventors not attorneys¿¿ The book, in fact, reads almost like one of those in the ¿For Dummies¿ series. It is a straightforward how-to guide for anyone who is interested in the laws and procedures surrounding the process of applying for a U.S. or foreign patent. Clear examples, useful appendices, and helpful tips throughout, written by a U.S. patent attorney, make this book an easy read from beginning to end. No gobbledygook here! Some of the topics covered are exactly what one might expect to find in a book with this title, such as types of patents and laws surrounding and processes involved in filing for a patent, along with some helpful suggestions, e.g., using a lab notebook to document the development of one¿s invention. The bulk of the book is devoted to patents however, one chapter each is dedicated to the three other types of Intellectual Property assets, namely: copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets and the regulations governing each of these. There is also some helpful information concerning licensing or leasing of IP rights to another party, types of licences, special circumstances in establishing ownership of rights 'e.g., decease or mental incompetence, joint inventors, employers as owners of rights for an invention'. Useful tips are provided for conducting an effective patent search -- not just how, but where -- libraries and Internet databases are listed for the reader¿s convenience. The book also contains steps involved in filing for U.S. and foreign patents, and a section specific to foreign inventors interested in the U.S. patent filing process. The final chapters lay out guidelines for submitting a successful application and for responding to rejected or objected applications, as well as marketing and manufacturing tips to assure some generation of a profit. Inventors of computer programs and software may find that this book does not adequately address their needs, but as the author states, this is a rather new and evolving area of patenting. Overall, this book is a treasure trove of information addressing the simplest to the most complex issues related to patent applications, in a manner that makes it highly user-friendly even for the most legally-challenged reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    Do you have a new idea? Are you an inventor? You may need to read this very informative book to learn how to protect your future. This book thoroughly explains the patent process, the variety of patents, copyrights and trademarks and much more. Examples, charts, and extra side illustrations are interspersed throughout the book to make the information more practical. The bold headings enable the reader to easily navigate the chapters and use the book for future reference. I found this book very informative and interesting. It is written in great detail and provides the reader with a wealth of information on how and why to acquire a patent. The instructions for completing the patent form are easy to follow and many resources are cited for extra information. Fees for patents and copyrights are listed in the appendix for reference. Further clarifications of terms are found in the glossary and the index provides a ready reference. The companion CD-ROM allows the user to print forms and applications. In summary, this book is very thorough and detailed. The Complete Guide to Securing Your Own U.S. Patent is a must read even if you are just considering getting a patent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    An Essential Book for Inventors

    If you¿ve tried to make heads or tails of the U.S. Patent system then you¿re sure to be frustrated. I know I was before reading this book. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 'PTO' has a myriad of rules to follow and documents to fill out. While it¿s understandable considering the legal implications, it¿s still a hassle. This book goes through the entire process and then some. It starts off with the three types of patents, the filing process and the requirements. I found the section on methods used by the PTO to evaluate and issue a patent invaluable. It¿s so beneficial to know how they examine your invention so you can properly document it. There is an entire chapter dedicated to the patent search which is essential to perform before applying for a patent. The book goes beyond just filing a patent other IP rights are covered including copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Burrell also advises you when to bring in an attorney, how to amend applications and how to respond rejection letters. Though U.S. patents are the focus of the book, international patent procedures are also covered. The CD-ROM that is included with the book has every form imaginable to get you through the process. There is a large reference section outlining filing fees and providing international patent information tables. If you¿re looking in to patenting your invention 'or you are just in the planning stages' this book is sure to be essential. It makes such a complex topic easy to understand.

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    Posted August 7, 2009

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