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Patent Pending in 24 Hours Paperback – December 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1413310726 ISBN-10: 1413310729 Edition: 5th

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  • Series: Patent Pending in 24 Hours
  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 5 edition (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413310729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413310726
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Includes all the forms and advice needed to conduct a patent search online, understand basic patent law and file an application." (Library Bookwatch 2007-03-15)

"Even if you do decide to hire an attorney to protect your invention reading this book could save you a lot of billable hours." (Sarasota-Herald-Tribune 2007-02-10)

About the Author

Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, crafts people, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. He is the author of many books, including Music Law, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim also produces audiobooks, and performs and records with two bands.

Originally from Philadelphia, San Francisco Patent Attorney David Pressman is a graduate of Penn State University (BSEE) and George Washington University Law School (JD) where he was on the Law Review. He has over 40 years of experience in the patent profession -- as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office, a patent attorney in corporate and private practice, a university instructor, a columnist, and as author of the Patent and Trademark entries to the World Book Encyclopedia. He is an expert on patent filing, prosecution, and licensing and his books have charted the path for over 250,000 inventors. Patent It Yourself is the most highly recommended guide to patenting an invention. David is also co-author of The Inventor's Notebook (with Fred Grissom), How to Make Patent Drawings Yourself (with Jack Lo), Patent Pending In 24 Hours (with Rich Stim), and Patents For Beginners (with Rich Stim).

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tomorryo VINE VOICE on January 21, 2010
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This book was really good at explaining the process of inventing something, making sure nobody has invented it before and that the world would need the item, and securing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA). This is NOT an actual patent. It's basically a year-long privelege of stamping your item with "Patent Pending" which, the authors argue, can dissuade people from stealing your invention.

Here are the reasons I gave it 3 stars:
1. In many of the sections, they refer heavily to their other book "Patent It Yourself." This was very frustrating and made me want to have THAT book instead...
2. The actual content of the book is only 146 pages out of the total 442. The rest is mostly sample PPAs (page 149-362!!!). Therefore, I think the book seems a little deceiving - it looks like a wealth of information, and then about 1/3 of the book describes a process many people wouldn't even worry about. (The cover does not state this is about PPAs - many laymen would not understand this is what they're implying by "Patent Pending")

If I were to make an overall recommendation, it would br to check out their book "Patent It Yourself"!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 21, 2011
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This an good guide to the provisional patent process. The information how ever is a little out of data and the patent office website is a better resource. The independent inventor may find it useful to read this book to get an understanding of the pros and cons of filing provisional patents (important to consider if you think you may apply for internationally later). The USPTO website has improved so much in recent years that it is actually the best resource to use these days for the independent inventor who doesn't have access to the capital to employ an attorney.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Otter on February 3, 2011
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This is really a pretty complete book. The section on patent searches alone was worth the price of admission! It gives a very thourough list of action items, and explains the how's and why's very well, that will see you through to Patent Pending literally in 24 hours. If you can stay up for 24 hours straight. It actually took me close to three days, but about 30 hours of actual working time, to get my first patent pending status.

I would definitely recommend this book if you're serious about protecting your inventions and would like to test the waters before sinking a ton of money into a full patent. If you have the money and just want to go ahead with a full patent then I would recommend "Patent it Yourself" by David Pressman. Both books are by NOLO, and I think these are both top of the line in the patent publications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. L Strickland VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
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I have been through the patent process with my company and hold one patent. So I have a little bit of experience into what the process is like. Patent Pending in 24 Hours is a very good guide to navigating the process of getting a provisional patent. NOT a full patent, but a 1 year provisional patent.

The provisional patent is a "place-holder" that protects your invention long enough to allow you to find out if there is enough of a market for your device to go to the trouble and expense of filing for a full patent. This book takes you through all the steps of the filing process and does quite a good job of explaining everything. This book can save you a LOT of money and time, even if you use a lawyer for your patent work.

A quick clarification of the title is needed. You are NOT going to get your provisional patent in one 24 day after starting the process! The authors point out that the title is based on going through each of the chapters in the book and performing the steps described in one hour each. So it is really 24 hours of labor required to prepare the application. Also, the authors recommend that you should NOT try to rush through the process this fast! I do not recommend it either! Take you time and thoughtfully prepare each step. The problem is that you could easily make a mistake that could damage or invalidate your final patent. If you are experienced in the patent process, and thoroughly understand all the nuances of describing your invention for the patent office, you can do it in 24 hours. The authors had such a person do it to prove that this can be done. The problem is that if you can literally go through the steps accurately in 24 hours, you probably don't need the book!

That one clarification aside, this is a very well thought out book and as far as I can tell, the information in it is quite accurate. I am very impressed with Nolo and all of their products, and will be getting more of their legal materials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Modern Blue Argonaut on August 1, 2010
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As so many other reviewers have pointed out, this book is called Patent PENDING. It takes readers through the steps they need to get the provisional patent, i.e. "patent pending". If you are at the stage where you need to protect your idea while you find investors and work through other issues, this is a great starting place to get the information you need to proceed with an inexpensive provisional patent to protect your idea. The next book you'll want to read is Patent It Yourself: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office if you would like to proceed beyond a provisional patent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yamaplos on April 12, 2012
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My battle plan is to file as soon as possible a provisional patent application, and then seek a lawyer as part of starting to negotiate licensing. I'll be out $125, but the stake is in the ground. That's 1% of a lawyer for a mid-complex patent, and it will be already done, while getting a lawyer is not only expensive but adds a delay.

This book is still my main reference as to getting the application together, though for specifics and details I rely much more in the USPTO website - for example the book doesn't cover issues like margins and other minutiae of how the drawings should be presented. Yes, you can do hand drawings, but IMHO, since the role of a provisional patent is to establish the foundation of the real patent, it better be done according to USPTO specs - which are easy to find in the USPTO website, though you have to look in the non-provisional section.

So far I have put at least two solid weeks of work at all hours reading and researching, networking, asking, blogging (I can be found at ATXinventor com), etc., and maybe I'm only 20% to my finished document. I don't feel the "24 hours" was misleading - maybe for someone experienced, and a very simple patent, like the Baby Tears example... I knew this was going to be real work, which makes sense if the invention is really worthwhile, right?

The biggest thing missing in the book is suggesting some of the best software, like Open Office and Inkscape, that can produce PDFs right out of any document, at no cost besides the (legal and free) download. For an inventor on a shoestring (and who else would buy this book, really?) they are the obvious right choice, superior to paid or pirated software!

I would have also wanted to see more detail on the meaning of USPTO lingo and terminology. Apparently that is covered in the other books...
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