The Inventor's Complete Handbook: How to Develop, Patent, and Commercialize Your Ideas

The Inventor's Complete Handbook: How to Develop, Patent, and Commercialize Your Ideas

by James L Cairns

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Overview

Award winning Physicist/Oceanographer Dr. James L. Cairns is a lifelong inventor with more than 60 issued and pending U.S. Patents. His systematic approach to inventing, based on over five decades of successful experience, provides a useful and inspiring model for other independent inventors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620230183
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company FL
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Preface 13

Prologue 17

An Introductory Overview of the Journey 21

The Map 23

Chapter 1 The Journey Begins 29

Chapter 2 Time to Choose Your Best Concept 33

Mind's eye Visualization: A Side Trip 36

Chapter 3 Early Practical Evaluation of Your Invention's Merits 45

Commercial Evaluation of Your Invention's Merits 48

Chapter 4 Business Support & Possible Funding 61

Chapter 5 Intellectual Property Introduction 71

Chapter 6 Introduction to Patents 79

Utility Patents 81

Design Patents 85

Plant Patents 85

Provisional Patent Application 86

Notices 88

Introduction to Trademarks 89

Introduction to Copyrights 91

Introduction to Trade Secrets 91

Chapter 7 Patents: In-Depth Study 95

A Sample Utility Patent: 100

A Bogus Patent Example: Claims Discussion: 109

Chapter 8 More Decisions. The Pathway beyond Gate [8] 117

Chapter 9 Do It Yourself (DIY) Patent Search 121

Claims Infringement Analysis 128

Chapter 10 Professional Patent Searches 139

Chapter 11 Patent Filing 142

Foreign Filing: 147

Chapter 12 Fraudulent Marketing and Development Firms 151

Chapter 13 Cashing in on Your Invention 157

Patent Assignment 159

Full Assignment 160

Partial Assignment 161

Patent Licensing 164

Basic Elements of a License Agreement 175

Partnering 183

Chapter 14 A Short Diversion: Some Personal Experiences 185

Chapter 15 Proof-of-Concept Testing 201

Chapter 16 Product Definition 211

Chapter 17 Qualification Testing 217

Chapter 18 Starting Your Own Business 221

Business Location 226

Product Release 235

Chapter 19 A Few Hard-Earned, Random Bits of Advice 243

Chapter 20 The End Game 245

Chapter 21 Final Thoughts 249

An Endnote to Parents 250

Appendix I The America Invents Act 253

#1 AIA Change: First to File 256

#2 AIA Change: Post-grant review 257

#3 AIA Change: Inter-partes review 257

#4 AIA Change: Derivation proceeding 258

The Quiz 259

Quiz Answers 271

About the Author 283

Index 285

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