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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764542311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764542312
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[The book is] the only guide you need to help you make the jump from 'thinker' to 'doer'."UKBusinessExchange.info Tuesday 29 April 2008 "The advice within its pages is easy to read, and well worth the GBP15.99 cover price." Eurekamagazine.co.uk Tuesday 22 May 2008

From the Back Cover

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

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This cost her a lot of money and could have been avoided had she read this book first.
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Pam has used her considerable experience well in writing this book.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book offers a good explanation to the tyro of what it takes to protect your invention. The book is not really about inventing, per se. Despite what the title says. A careful read of the contents reveals relatively little discussion about the raw inventing process. That is, how does one come up with an original idea that can be patentable? It may well be that such a question has no answer.

Rather, the book's contribution is to show the reader that, if you make something that you think is worth patenting, what are the necessary steps to do so. It explains how you can protect your invention from others. It focuses on steps that can be specifically described to you, and then performed by you. Like how to file a Provisional Patent Application. And how you can now do this electronically. (Which wasn't always the case.) While some of these steps are unique to the United States, in general they apply in most countries.

There is also a brief discussion about copyright issues in the book. But it is tangential to the main topic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leave it to Levy on October 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
For the new inventor who wants to know a lot in a short time - start here.
Written by the voice of experience. No riddles here, just answers and solutions that will help you move forward faster towards your protection, prototype, product, marketing and profits
Bob
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Haack on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is incredible for beginners! It lays out from beginning to end, concept to production, what you need to do and watch out for as someone with an idea. It gives great websites and resources for every type of contact, organization, form...whatever it recommends. For example, it tells you to seek advice from a market research consultant before investing your money and then gives you a website to find these consultants. It even tells you to file this $10 idea protection form with the IPO if you are not ready to start on the very expensive, time-consuming patent application process. It tells what steps to take before that and why. And they are right! My friend is 2 years into her invention process and made the same mistakes this author claimed would happen. This cost her a lot of money and could have been avoided had she read this book first. I absolutely love this book for someone who has no idea how to begin. It's reassuring too. "If it's such a good idea then why hasn't someone else thought of it?" Read this book to find out why. And please don't quote me on my example above because I flagged that page for when I get to that part of my process, but for now I was vaguely recalling what type of consultant the author recommended just to make my point of how helpful this book is. Buy it and read it cover to cover!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Dycus on January 13, 2013
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Getting an invention to market is not for the faint-hearted. You also need capital and patience. This book tells you many things you can never learn on your own and gives good advice.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. McBride on October 10, 2008
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Pam has used her considerable experience well in writing this book. I've recommended her as a consultant for several years and it's a pleasure to see how much she's been able to pack into the book. As both an inventor and a consultant, I'm confident that every inventor can learn something they didn't know from Pam.

Blan McBride
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