Useful Links and Resources
New PBS show about inventors:
From Patent to Profit
Now in its third edition, From Patent to Profit is based on Bob's seminar
series. Bob has fourteen patents and his products claim $25,000,000 in sales at
nationally known stores. You are likely to be using one of Bob's inventions
whenever you carry a plastic bag with advertising from a major chain. Bob
emphasizes a team approach at every stage of a product's development.
NOLO Press Books:
Patent It Yourself
This is one book that we hear recommended over and over. Most of the folks
who rave about it do not believe that you should patent the product yourself -
but they do believe that you can learn an enormous amount by reading this book.
And that will result in a much greater likelihood of success - and a tremendous
saving of your time and energy.
License Your Invention: Sell Your Idea and Protect Your Rights with a Solid
This is the book we use as the basis for most of our licensing
contracts. Includes disk with sample contracts.
It Sell? how to Determine if Your Invention Is Profitably Marketable Before
Wasting Money on a Patent
This is a grassroots but very in-depth look at marketing and incorporates a
web approach to resource listings. If you are objective in evaluating your idea
and follow Jim's advice, the odds are much higher that you will be successful.
This book requires you to put your inventors' ego aside!
The Toy and Game Inventor's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch,
License, and Cash-in on Your Ideas
Richard C. Levy has co-developed over 200 toys and games, including the Furby®.
He is the author of 12 books, appears frequently on the Discovery Channel's
Invention series and is often interviewed in The New York Times. Ronald
Weingartner is the former vice president of research and development of
Hasbro, the world's largest game manufacturer."
Stand Alone, Inventor!: And Make Money with Your New Product Ideas!
Hard to find but probably the best book for inventors who are looking to
produce the product themselves. Great advice if you have a simple to