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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761149473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761149477
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This clear, thorough, and entertaining guide will be sought out by those who need practical help to bring their ideas for inventions to fruition. Highly recommended."—Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY, Library Journal

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"It is more important now than ever for independent inventors to understand the challenges of turning their brilliant ideas into successful business models." —Jon Dudas, Partner, Foley & Lardner and former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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The book is logically organized, which makes researching information simple.
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His successes, experience and business savvy make Louis the perfect person to give Inventors advice and inspiration.
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You can tell that the author really has experience starting businesses and has put a lot of effort into this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Raymond on September 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
At first, I didn't think the world needed another invention "how-to" book. After all, many other books have been published in this vein, right? Most do a reasonably good job of explaining the various steps of the invention process. But I must say that there is something refreshingly original and enjoyable about the newly released Independent Inventor's Handbook (by Louis Foreman and Jill Gilbert Welytok, Workman Publishing, 2009). Louis is the publisher of Inventors Digest magazine and executive producer of the Emmy® award-winning PBS show Everyday Edisons, as well as the and CEO of Enventys, a product-development firm working with major consumer product manufacturers and leading retailers. His businesses are proud Sponsors of the UIA. Jill is a principal at Absolute technology Law Group that provides patent protection for clients ranging from independent inventors to large corporations and federal research institutions. Together, they formed a team they refer to as "the Entrepreneur and the Attorney".

Their new book is primarily helpful to inventors who come up with consumer products. If you've come up with a very high-tech or advanced industrial innovation, this book is probably not for you. But since most independent inventors create for the mass consumer market, The Independent Inventor's Handbook is an especially useful update in today's globalized economy, with new risks associated with the rise in retailers' power at the expense of manufacturers, as well as new tools available to inventors. So the update is welcome.

For 8 chapters, the reader is treated to topical information on each recommended step. And it is told in a storytelling style that is quite fun. In fact, I think this is one of the book's strengths: readability.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Mcfee on July 22, 2009
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Almost every independent inventor struggles daily to answer one question: "What should I do next?" This question can be so difficult to answer in fact that many inventors actually end up doing nothing at all. As a result, many great ideas never reach their full potential. The answer to this enigmatic question can change drastically from day to day and from product to product.

Creating a handbook that truly assists each and every one of us inventors in finding the ever-changing answers to this question is obviously a very big challenge, but one that Louis Foreman and Jill Gilbert Welytok have met brilliantly. Regardless of what stage you may be at in the invention process, this book gives you all of the advice, tips, and real-world direction you'll need to keep moving forward, and the inspiration to take the challenging but necessary steps that always precede a successful product launch.

As the title claims, this is truly a handbook for inventors. It will certainly be my main reference when any new challenge arises. If you are an inventor who doesn't have all of the answers (and who does?), this is definitely the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Stout on February 7, 2010
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Let me just say that I wish I read this book years ago. It's really well organized and should be required reading for any new entrepreneur. It covers all the main aspects of being an inventor in a very practical way covering every step. You can tell that the author really has experience starting businesses and has put a lot of effort into this book. In addition, the patent information section of the book really taught me a lot even though I have several years dealing with patent issues. Most books on patents are written by lawyers and difficult to understand. This one just sticks to what entrepreneurs need to know. Overall, I was very impressed with the book. It was easy to follow, had great examples, and I agreed on every point. For an overview of the invention process, I have not found a better book that is why I highly recommend this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy C. Kerin on September 29, 2009
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The Independent Inventor's Handbook, by Foreman and Welytok, is very well written. It is easily understandable for the neophyte inventor, yet detailed, informative and interesting for even the most skilled. I enjoy the way it is split into the two voices of the entrepreneur and the lawyer. The sidebars, humorous facts, pictures and real life stories keep it lively and fast paced.

The Independent Inventor's Handbook is empowering. The book is logically organized, which makes researching information simple. It is a wonderful resource that can be consulted time and again for guidance and inspiration.

Last, but not least, one can't overlook the pricing. What a fantastic bargain!

I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By goldenrulecomics on June 6, 2011
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The Independent Inventor's Handbook had loads of good advice without it being a rah-rah kind of book. I thought the chapters on prototyping, protecting, and marketing your invention to be the most insightful, and plan on implementing them as I bring my ideas forward. There are a number of good case studies of people who have successfully brought a product to market, which is always a bit inspiring. Well worth checking out if you are thinking about moving ahead with an invention. For more in-depth book reviews I've done, search for goldenrulecomics on the Squidoo website.
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