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Title:
The inventor's bible : how to market and license your brilliant ideas
Author:
Docie, Ronald Louis.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Royalties in your future. c1998.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781580083041
Format :
Book

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Central Library HF5415.153 .D63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Small Business-Patents
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Summary

You've just invented a new technology, a must-have product. So now what? Patent it? Manufacture it? Sell it? Successful inventor and author Ronald Docie shares more than 20 years of valuable insight and experience in The Inventor's Bible, a guide to taking your ideas from concept to profit in record time. Using real case studies as examples, this definitive handbook tells you everything you need to know about marketing, licensing, and selling your invention.


Author Notes

Ronald Louis Docie, Sr., is the founder of Docie Marketing


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Climate for Independent Inventorsp. 2
Why Did I Write This Book?p. 3
What Is in This Book?p. 3
The Meaning of Successp. 4
Case Study: An Automotive Accessory (Part 1)p. 6
Chapter 1 Commercialization 101p. 11
Moving from the Drafting Table to the Store Shelf
The Dilemma of Perceived Valuep. 11
Is the Clock Ticking?p. 13
Prototype, Patent, or Market: Which to Do First?p. 13
Research Your Industry: The Real First Stepp. 14
Is Licensing Your Invention the Way to Go?p. 16
Marketability versus Licensabilityp. 19
What Do You Have That You Can License?p. 20
Whom Can You License To?p. 22
So What Does It Take?p. 23
Keep It in Perspectivep. 24
Case Study: Tire Technologyp. 25
Chapter 2 Timing Is (Almost) Everythingp. 31
Formulating Your Patent Strategy and Protecting What's Yours
Just What Is a Patent?p. 32
How Necessary Is a Patent?p. 32
Safeguarding Your Proprietary Propertyp. 32
Patent Searchesp. 34
Provisional Applicationsp. 39
Shop Rights for Employers and Institutionsp. 40
Patent Partnersp. 42
Some Strategies for Patent Holdersp. 44
Foreign Patentingp. 46
Case Study: An Automotive Accessory (Part 2)p. 47
Chapter 3 Market And Industry Researchp. 51
Your Ticket to Free Expert Advice and Lasting Business Relationships
Just Talk to Peoplep. 51
Market Positionp. 55
The Consumer Product Pipelinep. 56
Pull-Through Salesp. 61
Mail-Order Marketsp. 62
Interviewing for Industrial Inventionsp. 64
Trade Associationsp. 66
Trade Shows: What's in Them for You?p. 67
Test Marketingp. 74
Why Interviewing Worksp. 78
Anticipated Costs and Timetablep. 78
What's Next?p. 79
Case Study: An Automotive Accessory (Part 3)p. 80
Chapter 4 Time To Pick The Lineupp. 83
Qualifying and Contacting Appropriate Licensees
The Smooth Successp. 84
Picking the Lineupp. 86
Making Contactp. 90
What Decision Makers Can Tell Youp. 91
Disclosure Agreementsp. 97
Your Own Disclosure Agreementp. 99
Patent Strategy, Continuedp. 104
Your Next Stepsp. 105
Case Study: The Picture Perfect Deal? (Part 1)p. 107
Chapter 5 The Plan Comes Togetherp. 113
Submitting to Companies and Forming a Commercialization Strategy
A Few Words about Strategyp. 113
What to Submitp. 115
Initial Responses from Key Decision Makersp. 118
Determining Your Invention's Market Valuep. 120
Foreign Licensing and Patentingp. 124
Structuring a Licensing Dealp. 126
Joint Venture Opportunitiesp. 128
Life after Rejectionp. 130
Case Study: The Picture Perfect Deal? (Part 2)p. 133
Chapter 6 Brass Tacksp. 145
Negotiating Your Compensation and Other Contract Terms
Royaltiesp. 146
Some Thoughts on Negotiatingp. 147
The License Contractp. 148
Negotiating Contract Termsp. 149
Contract Termsp. 151
Other Termsp. 167
Who Will Determine the Terms and Conditions?p. 169
Case Study: An Automotive Accessory (Part 4)p. 171
Chapter 7 Victory Through Teamworkp. 175
When to Use Professional Help and How to Find the Best
Help with Patentsp. 175
Help with Commercializing Your Inventionp. 177
Help with Patent Infringementp. 180
Case Study: An Automotive Accessory (Part 5)p. 186
Conclusion: The End Of The Rainbowp. 195
Afterword: The Future For Inventor's Agentsp. 197
Appendicesp. 199
Appendix A General Information Concerning Patentsp. 199
Appendix B Patent and Trademark Depository Librariesp. 216
Appendix C Invention Evaluation Criteriap. 221
Appendix D Risk/Reward Ratio Chartp. 225
Appendix E Simplified Steps: A Quick-Reference Flow Chart of the Invention Commercialization Processp. 229
Appendix F Disclosure Agreementp. 232
Resourcesp. 235
Government Contactsp. 235
Government Programsp. 236
Patent Searching and Patentingp. 241
Private Organizationsp. 242
Publications for Inventorsp. 245
Research Resourcesp. 246
Small Business Resourcesp. 250
Special Resourcesp. 252
Trade Showsp. 253
Glossaryp. 255
About The Authorp. 267
Indexp. 268

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