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Product Details

  • Series: Patent It Yourself
  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 3rd edition (February 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873371674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873371674
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Say that you've come up with a really nifty idea for a gizmo that would improve the lives of every human being on Earth and probably turn you into a gadzillionaire, too! Before you get too far into the fantasy, you need this extremely detailed and comprehensive guide to the process of getting a patent. This is not a small book, but it contains everything you need to know, including a lot of things you probably don't KNOW you need to know. Very detailed, with examples of forms you'll need, addresses and marketing advice, this is the complete guide you'll need to navigate this complex process from square one to gadzillionaire-ness! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a revised and considerably enlarged edition of a book published in 1979 by McGraw-Hill ( LJ 7/79). It is more thorough and provides better coverage of peripheral topics (e.g, how to keep lab notebooks, marketing and licensing inventions) than Kenneth Norris's The Inventor's Guide to Low-Cost Patenting ( LJ 7/85). Norris, however, includes more extracts from relevant regulations and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. The heart of both books is the process of acquiring a patent: searching for "prior art," drafting claims and applications, making drawings and responding appropriately to "office actions" of the Patent and Trademark Office. Pressman writes well and formats the material for easy reference. Recommended for public libraries. Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is thorough,well organized and easy to follow.
Central Penn
Even if you decide not to write your own patent, this book will help you understand the entire process, and make you better able to communicate with a patent attorney.
WalkerI
I have an edition from 10 years ago, just bought the updated one and there is even more info, a great buy.
Ashish J. Gavali

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220 of 220 people found the following review helpful By R. Klauber on November 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have used Pressman's Patent It Yourself since the late 80s to file and process 18 patents, and have saved myself and my business partner (a lot of money) in legal fees. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Pressman is not just knowledgeable, he is a master teacher, imparting information with consumate pedagogic skill. He makes learning of complex legal issues as easy as one can imagine. His prose is often humorous and entertaining as well.
One recommendation: If you use this book to write your first patent filing, let a patent lawyer review the filing before you submit. This shouldn't cost you more than an hour or two in attorney fees and from my experience can enhance your submission and improve its chances for allowance significantly. I did this for my first several submissions and learned something each time. Eventually there was little the attorney could offer, and I then ceased the practice.
Wish I could give 6 stars for this remarkable book.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By T. O. Whitehead on June 3, 2000
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If you're contemplating a patent, this book is a treasure. It is thorough and well-organized, a wealth of relevant material articulately presented by a writer who obviously knows his stuff. Patent attorney David Pressman guides you step by step through the process -- conceiving your idea, adequately documenting your invention, successfully writing and obtaining your patent, avoiding legal pitfalls, and profitably marketing your intellectual property.
At each step along the way Pressman presents insiders' information without which you could easily trip and fall. And at each step he offers practical "laundry lists" of issues to consider, facilitating a level of thoroughness that would be hard to achieve without them.
It's easy to recommend this valuable work, both to inventors who want to seek a patent on their own and to others who just want a comprehensive overview of the law, the issues, and the process.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1996
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If you have a great idea, but don't know what to do with it, "Patent It Yourself" by David Pressman is here to help. This book is a true blessing to both novice and seasoned inventors alike. It's organized format and light-hearted illustrations make this a truly enjoyable read. Packed to the gills with information, "Patent It Yourself" will answer virtually any question an aspiring inventor may ask. It covers everything from avoiding invention marketing companies to patent searching, from drafting a patent application to licensing your creation. The author is a practicing patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a former patent examiner, as well as an inventor himself with his own patents. His experience definitely shines through in each page of this work.
As an inventor myself, I have truly put this book to the test. With the aid of "Patent It Yourself", I have taken two ideas from images in my head, to patented, finished products that are supplementing my income. This book has saved me thousands of dollars in legal fees and has also saved me from many a headache. I would definitely recommend "Patent It Yourself" to anyone interested in turning an idea into profit.
Christine Hanisco -
Lansdale, PA
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143 of 153 people found the following review helpful By David C. Veeneman on May 19, 2003
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I ordered this book to educate myself on the process of obtaining a patent. I don't plan on writing my own application--I believe pretty strongly that, even with a good book of this sort, self-filing is a very bad idea.
I know from some work that I have done that patents are regularly thrown out in court because of technical defects in their language. I am personally familiar with a case in which a major patent was overtuned because it misused insurance industry jargon. But if that's not enough to make your hair stand on end, consider this: Who is going to license or buy a do-it-yourself patent? Probably not Microsoft, GE or Ford.
So why am I buying this book? I suspect that the second major cause of patent failures is the inventor who turns the process over to a lawyer and isn't involved. I want to know the process so that I can be a more intelligent, actively involved client. I rely on my patent lawyer for his legal expertise, and he relies on my for my subject matter expertise. The better I understand the process, the easier it is for him to communicate with me.
'Patent It Yourself' is a good text to use for that purpose, even though it is aimed at do-it-yourselfers. If I know the process well enough that I could do it myself, then I know enough to work with an expert in the field, and to respect his or her expertise.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
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I'm a patent attorney, and I've kept this book near my desk for years. I recommend it often to clients. Even if they really don't want to file their own patent applications, the book helps them to better understand patent applications. After reading a few chapters, they're often able to make well-informed decisions about their patent matters. And many patent attorneys can benefit from reading parts of the book, such as the chapter on marketing inventions.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on May 29, 2005
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First, I unquestionably recommend this book as a must read for anyone even thinking about getting a patent. Second, I recommend that you don't do what the title says.

Use this book as a guide to do as much of the work as possible before you go to a professional. That will save you a lot of time, and this is lawyer time at a bunch of dollars an hour. You're going to have to be the one producing much of this paperwork anyway, but if you can present it to the professional at the beginning it will save him having to educate you.

Read the book carefully. For instance the first thing that the patent office will send you after you file the applications (in a year or two -- yes, a year or two) is the "first Office Action" or "OA." It will turn down your application.

It seems that the PTO rejects the first application on general principles just to see if you're serious about applying for a patent. I don't expect this is a written rule, but it's the real rule. This book says it slightly differently, "rarely will an application be allowed in the first OA." I think "Damn Rarely" would be better wording, like the last time was in 1906. That's probably not true, but close.

You can probably use this book to get a patent. But if that patent ever went to court, it had better be worded exactly as the court wants it or you can find it thrown out.
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