- Patent It Yourself – by David Pressman
- Inventing and Patenting Sourcebook – by Richard Levy
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Cashing In on Your Inventions – by Richard Levyâ€‹
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – Complete information on patents and the patent process.
What to remember:
- Most ripoff invention services use a three-step program to steal money. They offer a free evaluation of the inventor’s product through an 800-number, take $500 or so to fund ‘research,’ and later request another $5,000 to $6,000 for more extensive ‘market research.’
- One such company was forced to disclose that less than one percent of the ideas people submit ever make it to market.
- Turn to the local bookstore or library for legitimate advice on how to bring inventions to market.
- It’s important to create a working prototype of your idea, because companies won’t buy ideas from sketches.
- Your best bet is to find an invention broker to propose your idea to a company.
- Non-profit inventors clubs, which can be found in many cities, also are excellent for sharing ideas and providing encouragement.