Thursday, October 26, 2006

Patent Your Invention -- Resources, Links & Books

To protect an original invention OR a significant improvement to an existing product, a patent would be filed. Here's the USPTO's definition.

NOLO is a great, free informational site. Also, be sure to read what else the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) has to say about patents:

USPTO's FAQ about Patents
USPTO's How to Get a Patent
Search Patents

Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you'll inevitably have as well as many you haven't anticipated yet.

International Federation of Inventors' Associations
United Inventors Association
Directory of Local USA & Canada Groups

Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

Getting a Patent:
* Patent It Yourself (11th Edition) by David Pressman
* Patents and How to Get One : A Practical Handbook by U.S. Department of Commerce
* How To Make Patent Drawings Yourself: A Patent It Yourself Companion by Jack Lo
* The Inventor's Notebook: A Patent It Yourself Companion by Fred E. Grissom

There are plenty of free informational resources out there.

Free Articles:

Patent – How to Get One by Michael Russell
Invented Something? Get a Patent by Thomas Choo
How to Select a Patent Attorney by Lisa Parmley
How to Patent Your Invention by Neil Armand
Can You Start Selling Your Invention Before Patenting It? by Xavier Pillai

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