The Independent Inventor's Handbook: The Best Advice from Idea to Payoff

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How do you actually turn a million-dollar idea into a million dollars? From scribble-on-the-napkin to product-on-the market, The Independent Inventor's Handbook explains everything a potential inventor needs to know and the tools he or she needs to use to take a raw concept and turn it into reality.

Written by Louis J. Foreman, creator of the PBS series Everyday Edisons and a holder of multiple patents, together with patent attorney Jill Gilbert Welytok, here's a book that ...

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Overview

How do you actually turn a million-dollar idea into a million dollars? From scribble-on-the-napkin to product-on-the market, The Independent Inventor's Handbook explains everything a potential inventor needs to know and the tools he or she needs to use to take a raw concept and turn it into reality.

Written by Louis J. Foreman, creator of the PBS series Everyday Edisons and a holder of multiple patents, together with patent attorney Jill Gilbert Welytok, here's a book that speaks directly to the inventive American—the entrepreneur, the tinkerer, the dreamer, the basement scientist, the stay-at-home mom who figures out how to do it better. (over one million of them file patents each year.) Here is everything a future inventor needs: Understanding the difference between a good idea and a marketable idea. Why investing too much money at the outset can sink you. The downside of design patents, and how best to file an application for a utility patent. Surveys, online test runs, and other strategies for market research on a tight budget. Plus the effective pitch (hint: never say your target audience is "everyone"), questions to ask a prospective manufacturer, 14 licensing land mines to avoid, "looks-like" versus "works-like" prototypes, Ten Things Not to Tell a Venture Capitalist, and how to protect your invention once it's on the market. Appendices include a glossary of legal, manufacturing, and marketing terms, a sample nondisclosure agreement, and a patent application, deconstructed.

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Editorial Reviews

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Foreman, publisher of Inventors Digest magazine and producer of PBS's Everyday Edisons, and patent attorney Welytok (Sarbanes-Oxley for Dummies) aim to walk inventors through the product-development process from the moment the proverbial light bulb appears over their head to the moment their brainchild arrives on the market. The authors cover product market research, design, developing prototypes, manufacturing, and distribution. There is an excellent chapter on what a patent is and how to obtain one and another section on funding an invention. The book is packed with anecdotes and case studies, including how the BlackBerry handheld device was named and how Tupperware came to be a household name. Appendixes include a sample nondisclosure agreement and an example of a patent, and a glossary. VERDICT This clear, thorough, and entertaining guide will be sought out by those who need practical help to bring their ideas for inventions to fruition. It's a good companion to David Pressman's Patent It Yourself. Highly recommended.—Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761149477
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 498,442
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis J. Foreman is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation. He started his first business from his college fraternity room and for the past 20 years has been starting and building successful companies. Louis is the founder and CEO of Enventys, a product-development firm working with major consumer product manufacturers and leading retailers. He is the publisher of Inventors Digest magazine and executive producer of the Emmy ® award winning PBS show Everyday Edisons. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jill Gilbert Welytok is a registered patent attorney and a founding partner of Absolute Technology Law Group LLC, specialists in helping independent inventors reach their entrepreneurial goals. She has written several books on legal, business, and technology topics, and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Entrepreneur & the Attorney
Chapter 1: Eureka! Turn an Invention into a Venture
Chapter 2: First Define the Market, Then Design the Product
Chapter 3: Prototyping, Manufacturing & Distributing: A Crash Course
Chapter 4: Protect Your Invention (With as Few Lawyers as Possible)
Chapter 5: Make Your Mark: Branding, Pitching & Selling
Chapter 6: Doing the Math: Licensing vs. Manufacturing
Chapter 7: Money Matters: Finding the Funds to Bring a New Product to Market
Chapter 8: Protecting & Defending Your Invention in a Global Marketplace
Epilogue: Becoming the Next Edison: Your Personal Road Map
Appendix A: Confidential Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA)
Appendix B: Performing a Basic Patent Search
Appendix C: Excerpts from a Sample Patent
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Index

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