Full coverage of the ins and outs of inventing for profit Protect your idea, develop a product - and start your business! Did you have a great idea? Did you do anything about it? Did someone else? Inventing For Dummies is the smart and easy way to turn your big idea into big money. This non-intimidating guide covers every aspect of the invention process - from developing your idea, to patenting it, to building a prototype, to starting your own business. The Dummies Way * Explanations in plain English * "Get in, get out" information * Icons and other navigational aids * Tear-out cheat sheet * Top ten lists * A dash of humor and fun Discover how to: * Conduct a patent search * Maintain your intellectual property rights * Build a prototype product * Determine production costs * Develop a unique brand * License your product to another company
Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Making Your Idea Yours. Chapter 1: The Innovation Process. Chapter 2: Patent Basics. Chapter 3: Conducting a Patent Search. Chapter 4: Applying For and Receiving Your Patent. Chapter 5: Maintaining and Defending Your Patent. Part II: Securing Other Intellectual Property. Chapter 6: Trademarks and Trade Secrets. Chapter 7: Stopping Copycats with a Copyright. Chapter 8: Mum’s the Word: Keeping it Confidential. Part III: Developing Your Idea. Chapter 9: Prototyping: Making It Work. Chapter 10: Hiring Helpers and Working with Work-for-Hire Agreements. Chapter 11: Evaluating Your Invention’s Potential. Chapter 12: Looking at the Production Process. Part IV: Commercializing Your Invention. Chapter 13: Developing a Business Plan. Chapter 14: Finding Funding. Chapter 15: Keeping Control with Your Own Business. Chapter 16: Partnering and Manufacturing Arrangements. Chapter 17: Preparing to Take Your Invention to Market. Chapter 18: Marketing Your Product. Chapter 19: Advertising Your Product. Chapter 20: Licensing Your Product. Chapter 21: Negotiating a License. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Key Contacts. Chapter 23: Ten Inventions (and Inventors) That Changed the World. Chapter 24: Ten Inventors to Emulate. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Sample Agreements. Appendix B: Online Resources. Index.
Pamela Riddle Bird, PhD is the founder and CEO of Innovative Product Technologies, a Florida-based company that assists inventors in marketing their inventions.
Full coverage of the ins and outs of inventing for profit Protect your idea, develop a product —and start your business! Did you have a great idea? Did you do anything about it? Did someone else? Inventing For Dummies is the smart and easy way to turn your big idea into big money. This non-intimidating guide covers every aspect of the invention process — from developing your idea, to patenting it, to building a prototype, to starting your own business. Discover how to: Conduct a patent search Maintain your intellectual property rights Build a prototype product Determine production costs Develop a unique brand License your product to another company THE DUMMIES WAY® Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Online cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Get smart! @www.dummies.com Find listings of all our books Choose from many different subject categories Sign up for eTips at etips.dummies.com
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