The Everything Inventions & Patents Book

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Russ Weinzimmer is the Consulting Attorney for the book entitled: The Everything Inventions & Patents Book.

Authored by two successful inventors and businesswomen, this book is a practical, step-by-step guide for the beginning inventor / entrepreneur.

This book shows you how to start with an idea, and take it all the way through the patent process and into the marketplace. Providing information on patent searching, the patent process, selling or licensing your patent, or building a business around your invention — including funding, manufacturing, and marketing — this book helps you turn your idea into an asset.

What You’ll Learn in this Book:

  • Chapters 1 & 2 – What it takes to become an inventor
  • Chapter 3 – Basic information about protecting your idea, including how to use NDA’s
  • Chapter 4 – Information on inventor organizations and resources
  • Chapter 5 – Finding professionals you can trust, including patent professionals, prototype designers, and marketability services
  • Chapters 6 & 7 – Taking responsibility for your own invention and doing your own market research and patent search
  • Chapter 8 – After your own searching, you need a good, professional patent search
  • Chapter 9 – How to create a prototype if needed (but not needed for the patent process)
  • Chapter 10 – The benefits of a Marketability Evaluation and how to get one
  • Chapter 11 – Getting a patent on your invention
  • Chapter 12 – If you can’t get a patent, other ways to protect your idea
  • Chapter 13 – Getting funding for your invention / business
  • Chapter 14 – Creating your invention plan: whether to sell / license your patent, or make & sell your product yourself
  • Chapter 15 – Building a business around your invention: setup, manufacturing, and sales
  • Chapter 16 – Licensing your invention: finding a manufacturer to license or buy your patent rights
  • Chapter 17 – Marketing your invention and getting publicity
  • Chapter 18 – Preparing a presentation for potential licensees
  • Chapter 19 – Putting together a license agreement
  • Chapter 20 – Toy inventing and sales – special considerations
  • Chapter 21 – What to do with your new success

Two items have changed since publication of this book:

  1. “First-to-invent” has now become “First-inventor-to-file.” Previously, the first person to invent would receive the patent rights, even if someone else filed a patent application before them. Now, for all patents filed after March 16, 2013, the US has a first-inventor-to-file patent system. This means that the first true inventor to file a patent application will get the patent, even if another true inventor conceived of the same invention before them.
  2. The Disclosure Document Program no longer exists. Chapter 3 references the Disclosure Document Program, which started in 1969, but was eliminated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on February 1, 2007. During the years this program was available, only 0.04 percent of patents filed referenced a disclosure document, and very few patent attorneys recommended using a disclosure document. In fact, Russ Weinzimmer urged the publisher to delete this section from the book, but he was overruled.

    Since 1995, provisional patent applications have been available to serve the same purpose as a disclosure document, but with more benefits and protections to inventors than a disclosure document (such as establishing a priority date and allowing the term “patent pending” to be applied to the invention). But even a provisional patent application is typically a bad idea for most inventors and is not something we recommend.

All other concepts from the book are still current and useful.

Other than those two items, all of the information in the book is still current. Some of the website links may have changed since publication of the book, but the basic ideas still apply. If you have any questions about anything in the book, please feel free to call Russ Weinzimmer: (800) 621-3654.





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