Old But Still Helpful Books For Inventors

Here is a list of some of the books we have recommended in the past to assist in the Inventing Process.   Please be careful in referencing these books to make sure that you are not getting outdated information on patent law (which changed radically with the America Invents Act) and new tools and resources available online.


Stand Alone Inventor

Stand Alone Inventor. From the creator of four successful inventions, each posting sales in the millions, this book offers step-by-step lessons and real-life experiences that will help aspiring inventors move ahead and succeed with a new product idea. Beginning with the basics of what to invent, how to test it cheaply to see if it will sell, and how to protect and distribute it, "Stand Alone, Inventor!" also offers guidelines on manufacturing and merchandising products from the ground up. Advice on gaining store acceptance, writing a press release and sales material, and getting services for less than what the big guys pay make this book a valuable reference for anyone who wants to turn a simple idea into a million-dollar seller.

Marketing without Advertising

Marketing without Advertising. The guide's latest edition is updated to reflect technology-boosted marketing trends, such as international Internet marketing and weblogs. Phillips and Rasberry walk through the reasons that advertising should be a small business's last choice in marketing and personal recommendations should be the first choice; they explain how businesses can most effectively woo those recommendations.

Getting to Yes

Getting to Yes. You've heard it all before, "be positive, know what you want, invent options for mutual gain." But have you developed a strategy? Originally written as negotiation tactics for lawyers, this book offers advice on getting what you want. It addresses issues such as what to accept from those you negotiate with and what to offer without giving up anything on your side.

You can Negotiate Anything

You can Negotiate Anything. This straight-talking guide will show you how to get what you want by dealing successfully with your mate, your boss, MasterCard, your children, your best friends and even yourself. As Herb Cohen counsels, "Power is based upon perception-- if you think you've got it then you've got it. Be patient, be personal, be informed-- and you can bargain successfully for anything."

Patents and How to Get One

Patents and How to Get One. Handy official guide explains functions of the Patent and Trademark Office, describes a patent, defines such terms as "patent pending" and "patent applied for," discusses patent law, explains what can be patented and the process of registering patents, describes filing fees, and much else—all in simple, easy-to-understand language. Designed specifically for nonattorneys, this indispensable handbook will be of value to inventors, patent applicants, students, and other interested parties.

From Profit to Patent

From Profit to Patent. The process of creating an invention, protecting that invention, and bringing it to the marketplace can cost you a bundle. In today's highly complex and competitive world of business, not knowing what to expect and what to do will almost always guarantee failure. To help innovative individuals learn to navigate around the many pitfalls of inventing, Bob DeMatteis has written an up-to-date guide to all the important steps involved in the invention process. The information, forms, insights, and advice found in this book are reliable and easy to understand. The guidance offered by Bob DeMatteis will allow any individual with a creative streak to sail around potential problems and set a course towards a successful launch.

Product Idea to Product Success

Product Idea to Product Success. Whether it's a new product idea or service, inventions abound. Coming up with the idea is one thing, getting it to fly is another. In his new book, Product Idea to Product Success: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making Money from Your Idea, author Matthew Yubas offers readers a comprehensive, complete, practical, and easy-to-understand guide to the process of bringing an invention to market.

Uncommon Marketing Techniques

Uncommon Marketing Techniques provides small business owners with expert advice on reaching their best market with alacrity and economy. With humor and insight, author Jeffrey Dobkin tells them how they can: avoid common mistakes, find the right market,create good marketing and publicity plans, write good direct mail packages, use classified ads effectively and much more.

Toy and Game Inventors Handbook

Toy and Game Inventors Handbook. The toy industry is a 30 billion dollar-a-year business. It's also the last frontier for aspiring independent inventors, with an annual new product turnover of 60 percent and plenty of opportunities for the creative mind. Here, one of the most recognized and successful toy and game inventors in the business teams up with the former head of research and development at Hasbro to bring clear, comprehensive information to aspiring toy and game inventors...who just might bring us the next hula hoop!

How to Write a Business Plan

How to Write a Business Plan. Everything you need to create a business forecast that potential investors can embrace! Thinking of starting a business or raising money to expand an existing one? This popular book will show you how to write the business plan and loan package necessary to finance your business and make it work.

Mom Inventors Handbook

Mom Inventors Handbook. Gives practical step-by- step advice for putting inspiration into action. The book takes inventors from idea development to marketing and sales covering everything from market research to prototype development, manufacturing and licensing and debunks some common myths. It simplifies the invention process; even providing stories from real mom inventors sharing their 'aha' moments and lessons learned.

Patent It Yourself

Patent it Yourself. Pressman's book is perhaps the "best overview" of what is involved in the writing and filing of a US patent application. The writing is clear and the facts, for the most part, accurate. If you are serious about getting a patent, you should first read this book to give you a solid understanding of the patent process. He makes "learning of complex legal issues as easy as one can imagine".

Will It Sell?

Will It Sell? is for anyone considering bringing their invention to market. A key consideration in marketing a new idea or product is to determine its potential profitability, especially before investing your time, energy and money. James White's practical, "reader friendly" "blunt" "self-promoting" informational manual provides inexpensive techniques and practical steps to take in assessing whether or not their invention will be commercially viable.

How to License Your Million Dollar Idea

How to License Your Million Dollar Idea. This book gives you the information "and all the motivation you need" to turn your ideas into money. Reese shares how to create commercially profitable ideas and turn them into lucrative licensing agreements. The book is "motivational" "condescending" "funny" with of nuts-and-bolts information on formulating an idea that manufacturers are willing to pay for, researching its authenticity, obtaining patents, finding prospects, negotiating the deal, and more.

Inventor's Bible

Inventor's Bible. Filled with "relevant and detailed information", it's the "definitive book on product licensing for the independent inventor". Docie's book conveys the "art" of invention marketing. He shows you step by step -- with examples -- how to find and put together invention licensing deals. If you follow the steps that he lays out -- and do them all well -- if there's any chance of your invention licensing, you'll find it and do the deal. And if there's no chance of its licensing, you'll also find that out -- quickly and efficiently.