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The Inventor's Bible, 3rd Edition: How to Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas Paperback – January 5, 2010
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“This definitive guide presents virtually everything you must know to promote and sell inventions without losing your shirt.”
—Joyce Lain Kennedy, syndicated “Careers Now” columnist, Tribune Media Services
“Inventors should add The Inventor’s Bible to their bookshelves immediately, but be certain to keep it within easy reach.”
—Don Kelly, former director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
“Ron has outdone himself! Chock-full of information, tips, words of wisdom, and resources, The Inventor’s Bible will teach, prod, and motivate readers.”
—Stephen Paul Gnass, president, National Congress of Inventor Organizations
“This book could have saved me much time and heartbreak had I read it when I was beginning my invention career. It is a godsend!”
—Stanley I. Mason, Jr., inventor of granola bars and disposable diapers, and holder of fifty-five patents
“I unconditionally recommend The Inventor’s Bible to all inventors and businesses.”
—Michael S. Neustel, patent attorney and director, National Inventor Fraud Center
“The Inventor’s Bible is an excellent collection of practical information useful to all inventors.”
—Don Banner, former U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks
“Inventors who read The Inventor’s Bible and follow its step-by-step instructions can now more easily reap the rewards of their own ingenuity.”
—Hugh Downs, network news anchor
About the Author
RONALD LOUIS DOCIE’s career in the world of inventions spans more than three decades. His own inventions are found in Wal-Mart, Kmart, and thousands of other outlets. As an agent for inventors, Docie has negotiated over fifty licenses with such companies as General Motors. He is an expert consultant on idea submission to Johnson & Johnson and other prominent companies. Docie is the president of Docie Development, LLC, an international company that provides services for inventors and corporations.
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the author is an inventor himself as well as a practicing licensing agent. he has been there and done that. he has more than 2 decades of real working knowledge of what it takes to get you and your invention to the decision makers who can make the deals really happen. the book has real life experiences ,both good and bad of what can happen in the world of marketing new products. there are surprising twists in some of these accounts that demonstrate how a sure deal can go south in the 11th hour and others that looked rather hopeless suddenly turned for the better. it goes to show that one never knows ,not even the author admits, of what can happen in the process of dealing with this kind of endeavor.
if you read the book and use the work book in back then there are no confusing moments of what to do with loads of useful information. this alone is what made this book stand out for me . i have read a few books on the subject and i have a few ideas i want to try out but i had never seen an actual step by step plan laid out so easily implemented. the book has tons of of solid up to date information and actual techniques to use so that you really feel empowered to move forwards.
i finished the book and did not hesitate to start following the work book steps. this is not an infomercial but you can actually
read the book and can practically use the workbook to start the process . you move thru the 1st couple of levels quickly and rather easily then you are left with the actual contact info of distributors and manufacturers who can make your product come to life. this is exciting and somewhat nerve racking but none the less this is where you want to be if you are serious about putting your product in front of the decision makers who count most. read this book if you are truly committed to make it happen!!
Many books for inventors are oriented towards the novelty/toy markets. I have found my own experience of licensing manufacturers quite different (actually easier) than most of the toy inventors' books describe. Docie's first invention was one born out of near mishap and had true safety value. He considered his first patent weak due to an overcrowded field of competitors, which makes it an even better illustration of how to proceed with an invention. But he knew it was a good idea from the start, because it was conceived from a real-life situation. His battle was differentiating his design from the many similar products already on the market. I believe that this is the #1 issue with most new inventions - closing in on 7 million patents, it's a very crowded field. Nevertheless, for an inventor that's part of the game.
My feeling is that if you have something that you KNOW has value, and you've done a thorough patent search and have a good understanding of the prior art, you should be able to justify the expense of a patent application. Then you can approach your potential manufacturers from a position of confidence. All this dancing around with non-disclosure agreements, trying to decide whether your idea is worth anything or not, seems to be putting the cart before the horse.
It might take a little patient educating on your part, but if you have something useful, someone will eventually recognize the fact and be anxious to work with you. Select and research the companies you'd like to work with, then carefully court them. Be persistent without being a nuisance. Just remember it's a lot of work for a company to add a new product to their line. You have to appreciate how big a decision it is for them to work with you - but they will!
Docie also runs a bona fide invention promotion company, as opposed to all the bogus invention submission companies out there. Remember they're like stockbrokers - they get paid regardless of results, which are usually negligible. Docie's background, interest and reputation ensure an honest and knowledgeable effort, and preclude any of the funny business that is inherent in the other outfits. The essential idea of an invention promotion company is quite valid, which unfortunately gives the bogus outfits their impetus.
Good luck with your idea!