Invention Steps to Success: Which guide is right for you?

A patent is only one step in the process of invention success

The Essential Inventor's Guide is written by an inventor from the unique perspective of one who has accomplished exactly what you are now perhaps setting out to do.  It covers in comprehensive step-by-step detail the task elements and strategies to write a good US utility patent, addressing more than requirements and law, but specific techniques to accomplish the task efficiently, using MS Word (or equivalent).  The Essential Inventor's Guide covers not just the process of applying for a US invention patent, however, but outlines in detail the entire process of how to make a new invention successful, and specifically how to make a new invention successful on a limited budget.

The basic steps to make an invention successful, in the order they should be executed (note that they do overlap), are summarized as follows:

Evaluate Patentability & Profitability The invention process begins when that light bulb in your head illuminates.  Eureka!  You have an invention.  Not all inventions are patentable and/or commercially viable, and your first task should be to make an honest and objective assessment of your invention's merits with respect to both.  More on patentability.  More on profitability.
 
Perform a Patent Search The next step is to determine whether or not it has already been patented, or is encompassed by existing patents.  Once you have established a reasonable basis to believe your invention may have commercial value, your should conduct a patent search as soon as possible. Your invention patent search should be completed before you commit any significant time, resources, thought, emotional investment, etc. to your invention.
Make a Prototype If a picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth a thousand pictures.  From a timing standpoint, you should start your prototype early enough to finish it about the same time as you file your patent.
Apply for a Patent You should file your patent application at the time you are ready to start marketing your invention, preferably just after you finish your prototype.  Beware that provisional patents are more often misused than not, and probably not for you.  The only real difference between a good provisional patent and a full utility patent application is the fee.
Market & License your Invention You'll see occasional warnings in the general body of information you'll encounter on the internet to not underestimate the relative magnitude of the marketing phase of making your invention successful.  You should not, but your should also realize that many of the warnings are somewhat overstated, because the people who wrote them do not realize that they spent more than was necessary or beneficial.  Once you've read The Essential Inventor's Guide, you'll understand that the cardinal rule of inventorship is that you should never spend a lot of money on an invention.  Making an invention successful does not have to be expensive, and marketing is no exception.  The underlying pillar of that cardinal rule is to trust yourself cautiously, trust the "help" of others skeptically.

The Essential Inventor's Guide will lead you with specific instructions through each of these vital steps.  Wherever possible, starter text, boiler-plate document and letter templates, etc. are provided, and the The Essential Inventor's Guide comes with a companion Patent Application Workbook, the completion of which will yield a ready-to-file US utility patent application.

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