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Patent Pending in 24 Hours [Paperback]

Richard Stim Attorney , David Pressman Attorney
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December 7, 2009 1413310729 978-1413310726 5
Take the first step to protecting your invention!

Ready to stamp "patent pending" on your invention? Then you need to file a provisional patent application (PPA), an inexpensive way to claim your hard work. With a PPA, you'll have time to figure out whether you can make a profit from your creation before you invest more time and money.

With Patent Pending in 24 Hours, you have all the forms and information you need to get the job done! Find out how to:

  • evaluate hurdles to patentability
  • write a clear PPA
  • prepare informal drawings of your invention
  • conduct a patent search online
  • understand basic patent law
  • complete all forms required by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • file your application
  • modify your invention after filing

    The book also includes important legal forms to help you preserve your rights when showing or selling your invention:

  • nondisclosure agreement
  • patent assignment
  • prototype-maker agreement
  • joint-ownership agreement

    The 5th edition contains revised and updated patent searching information as well as updated case law and patent regulations, plus additional resources.

  • Editorial Reviews


    "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).

    Product Details

    • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but more of an intro 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
    3.0 out of 5 stars Guide to the Provisional Patent Process July 21, 2011
    By Mike
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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
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed February 3, 2011
    By Otter
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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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but please don't think it's enough 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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Thorough and Useful Do-It-Yourself Guide February 2, 2011
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    I used this to register one of my kitchen product ideas, with a drawing and a cardboard model that I made myself.

    This valuable material is very well organized and useful for the "little guy" independent inventor. You really can conduct and manage the process yourself -- just as Edison did in the early years -- and this text will guide you all the way there. Very thorough and easy to understand. Highly recommended for anyone who has even considered tackling the long patent process for their own valuable innovative creations. You don't have to be a lawyer, but even if you eventually hire a patent attorney, this book will give you the background education and vocabulary to deal most effectively with your intellectual property assets.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good walkthrough of getting a patent January 20, 2011
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    There are a ton of resources on the web regarding Patents. There are any number of attorneys willing to charge you a small fortune for one. And there's no shortage of know-it-all family members or coworkers telling you what to do and not to do. Understanding how the process works and what you can and can not patent is critical for effectively getting a patent without wasting a ton of time and money.

    The first part of the book deals with Conducting a Patent Search. This is a critical step and if done wrong, can cause you to waste a lot of time and money. This discussion gives you the ins and outs so you can decide whether you want to do it yourself or pay someone else to do it for you (after reading this book, you'll likely choose to do it yourself).

    The next part discusses the necessary forms and what you need to make sure you get right. By the time you complete this, you'll have most of the uncertainty removed and be in good shape to do things on your on.

    There's a really important discussion on hurdles which is priceless. You'l want to read this and re-read it committing it to memory.

    From there the rest of the book deals with getting the application finalized and shipped off. Even if you don't want to do the leg work yourself, you can save a lot of time and hassle by doing this part yourself and outsourcing the rest.

    All in all, this book comprehensively walks you through the whole process and does a really good job of explaining everything. It'll help you determine whether or not you want to outsource some or all of this but IMHO, if you pay close attention to it you'll opt to do it yourself b/c it covers the subject matter that well.

    The only knock on it is that it's dry read but considering the subject matter, it'd be really hard to make it intriguing. Dollar for dollar you'll learn a lot and save a ton of money with this book and you won't regret buying it.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not needed.
    All this info is on the internet free if you just look. I ended up using legalzoom. Why risk screwing this up for a couple of hundred bucks? Read more
    Published 1 month ago by sba55
    1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest thing in the world that will tick me off about a book like...
    Do not sell me a book on how to accomplish something and then leave parts out that I should learn by buying an additional book. Put that material in the same d#$@ book!
    Published 12 months ago by M. Cheshire
    4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and Useful.
    This book is more concise than Nolo's "Patent it Yourself" (which is also a useful volume). "Patent Pending in 24 hours" focuses on the essentials of getting the wheels moving on... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Work of Life
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for Inventors.
    It was a lot of work putting together a provisional patent but this book helped. Without this publication I would have had no idea where to start. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by T. Cruit
    4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and right to the point
    Patent pending in 24 hours is aimed at inventors that want to get an idea on the patent process.
    It highlight the different pitfalls you could fall into and provide guidance... Read more
    Published on February 21, 2012 by E. Weber
    5.0 out of 5 stars Provisional patent applications (PPAs)
    Very good book. I am using it to write my first provisional patent application (PPA). Most of the book is for PPAs but there is also some useful information about writing regular... Read more
    Published on December 23, 2011 by Paulus Potter
    4.0 out of 5 stars Patent Pending in 24 Hours
    This book arrived in very good condition. It has given me all the information I needed for applying for a provisional patent and was a whole lot cheaper than hiring a patent... Read more
    Published on November 10, 2011 by James L. Fuller
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic book!!
    Thank you! This is exactly what I needed to get started, I read through the first 5 chapters so far and on to the next steps as explained in the book!! Read more
    Published on October 18, 2011 by David
    3.0 out of 5 stars speedy delivery
    speedy delivery. i do want to say i glanced at the book, and getting a patent is a lot more complicated than i thought. the title is a bit misleading. 24 hours? not gonna happen!
    Published on October 17, 2011 by Michele A. Dow
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