Inventing For Dummies
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
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.
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