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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cashing In On Your Inventions, 2nd Edition Paperback – June 1, 2010

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"Richard Levy is a generous guy...shares his secrets here for developing and exploiting (in the best sense of the word) one's creative endeavors. The author's generosity and delight is infectious as he guides the reader through the steps required to protect one's rights while simultaneously seeking financing, recognition, and other support. Beyond his words of wisdom, the sagacious inventor provides an array of forms and other tools so that neophytes needn't reinvent the wheel when they aspire to monetize their inspirations."
-Richard Pachter,
The Miami Herald

"Inventing is easy if your brain is wired that way. Developing inventions into real products also isn't rocket science if you know how. Converting inventions into licenses that'll turn into real products, protecting your work, making the cash register ring... now that's the hard part. No one is better at doing all of these things than Richard Levy whose track record for inventing and licensing successful toys and games is a mile long. What's more, he has an uncanny knack for describing all facets of the whole process in books that really teach. This current one is no exception. Go get it."
-Ralph H. Baer, father of the console video game industry, inventor of SIMON and many other toys and games, the 2010 Inductee in the Inventor's Hall of Fame, and the 2004 Winner of the National Medal of Technology. He is president of R.H. Baer Consultants.

About the Author

Richard C. Levy in the past 33 years has co-created, co-developed and licensed over 200 items, including one of the most popular toys of all time, Furby. Among his games are blockbusters: "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus", "Chicken Soup for the Soul", and "Adverteasing." His first trading card game is WarStone. In other industries, Richard has the Kuhn-Rikon Frosting Deco Pen and Cool Down Doggie, a misting leash from Hyper Products. He is co-author of The Toy & Game Inventor's Handbook, and is a winner of the SBA Innovation Award and has also been named an M.I.T. Inventor of the Week.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ALPHA; 2nd edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 161564007X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1615640072
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.46 x 0.93 x 9.2 inches
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Richard C. Levy, president, Richard C. Levy & Associates, LLC, specializes in the invention, product development, design and licensing of original concepts. In business for more than for 40 years, RCL&A's licensed products include one of the best-known and successful toys of all time, Furby (Hasbro), the interactive, animatronic creature that has sold more than 70 million units globally.

Among his many games are BrainBolt Genius (Educational Insights), Adverteasing (Cadaco), Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus (Mattel) and Chicken Soup for the Soul (Cardinal), the latter two based upon best-selling literary properties.

RCL&A's licensees range from Hasbro and Mattel to General Foods and P&G.

The critically acclaimed "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cashing In on Your Inventions" (2nd Edition) and "The Toy and Game Inventor's Handbook" (3nd Edition) are Richard's eleventh and twelfth books, respectively.

Richard served two consecutive terms on the board of Intellectual Property Owners. He is listed in Who's Who in Entertainment, has been profiled by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, New York Times, Washington Post, Inventor's Digest, and Discovery Channel's "Invention" series. Richard received the Small Business Administration's Innovation Award.

Lectures: Licensing Executives Society, National Inventor's Day, National Science Foundation's Conference on Industrial Science and Technological Innovation, IBM's Inventor Dinner, The Learning Annex (12 city tour), Wharton's Entrepreneurship Conference, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Toy Industry Association seminars and USPTO events among other speeches.

Richard is married to Sheryl S. Levy, his soulmate and business partner, CFO of RCL&A, and co-inventor of many board games. The couple co-authored "Plane Talk: The Consumer Air Travel Guide". Their daughter, Bettie, is an executive in the music industry. Bettie invented her first board game, Here Comes the Bride, at age 6.

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