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Informative, but more of an intro
on January 21, 2010
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"!