The Independent Inventor's Handbook

The Independent Inventor's Handbook

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How do you actually turn a million-dollar idea into a million dollars? From scribble-on-the-napkin to product-on-the market, The Independent Inventor's Handbook explains everything a potential inventor needs to know and the tools he or she needs to use to take a raw concept and turn it into reality. Written by Louis J. Foreman, creator of the PBS series Everyday Edisons and a holder of multiple patents, together with patent attorney Jill Gilbert Welytok, here's a book that speaks directly to the inventive Americana€”the entrepreneur, the tinkerer, the dreamer, the basement scientist, the stay-at-home mom who figures out how to do it better. (over one million of them file patents each year.) Here is everything a future inventor needs: Understanding the difference between a good idea and a marketable idea. Why investing too much money at the outset can sink you. The downside of design patents, and how best to file an application for a utility patent. Surveys, online test runs, and other strategies for market research on a tight budget. Plus the effective pitch (hint: never say your target audience is qeveryoneq), questions to ask a prospective manufacturer, 14 licensing land mines to avoid, qlooks-likeq versus qworks-likeq prototypes, Ten Things Not to Tell a Venture Capitalist, and how to protect your invention once it's on the market. Appendices include a glossary of legal, manufacturing, and marketing terms, a sample nondisclosure agreement, and a patent application, deconstructed.Some retailers may have a€œvendor consolidationa€ policies which require them to use as few single product vendors as possible to minimiZe paperwork. ... Getting. into. the. a€œBig-Boxa€. Stores. There is no disputing the lure oflarge retailers. Getting your products onto the shelves of a mass merchant (Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart) or a big-box retailer (Home Depot, Staples, PetSmart) certainly isna#39;t right for everyanbsp;...

Title:The Independent Inventor's Handbook
Author:Louis Foreman, Jill Gilbert Welytok
Publisher:Workman Publishing - 2015-05-01


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