Recommended Books

The National Innovation Association endorses the following books for inventors and innovators.

Patent it Yourself - David Pressman - National Innovation Association

Patent It Yourself, by attorneys David Pressman and David E. Blau, will assist you to protect, as well as profit from, your invention. Hundreds of thousands of inventors have taken advantage of the start-to-finish process for close to four decades, since the first edition was published. This is the ultimate guide for inventors.

Some of the material covered includes: conducting a patent search, how to get that “patent pending” status, preparing an application for a patent, protecting your Intellectual Property rights in foreign countries, the ins and outs of marketing and/or licensing your invention, dealing with infringers, and much more. This latest edition, #20, covers recent changes to patent rules arising from the “America Invents Act.”

Available and Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

How to License Your Million Dollar Idea by Harvey Reese

This book is the classic guide to cashing in on your million-dollar idea. Whether you’ve invented a great new product, or you have an idea for an app, an online business, or a reality show, How to License Your Million Dollar Idea delivers the information you need to snag a great licensing deal. Now in its third edition, this book has become the go-to source for budding inventors and entrepreneurs who have great ideas and want to cash in on them without putting themselves in financial risk. Licensing is the way to make that happen and this book explains exactly how it’s done.

You’ll get tested advice on how to protect your ideas and find a licensee for new products, apps, TV game shows, websites, software, and more. You’ll also learn how to develop your creative thinking skills and objectively evaluate your ideas.

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Patent Pending in 24 Hours by attorneys Richard Stim and David Pressman

Everything you need to protect your invention now using the provisional patent system. The provisional patent application (PPA) is a quick, inexpensive and legal way to claim your invention—and buy yourself time to determine whether it’s worthwhile to pursue a regular patent. Patent Pending in 24 Hours shows you how to: conduct a patent search online, complete all the necessary forms, evaluate potential hurdles to patentability, prepare informal drawings, file your application, and file a new PPA to reflect modifications.

The 8th edition covers the latest implications of the “America Invents Act,” as well as recent revisions to patent rules and regulations. Thousands of people have used Patent Pending in 24 Hours successfully. You can too! Includes key PPA-related forms: nondisclosure agreement, patent assignment, prototype-maker agreement, and joint-ownership agreement.

Available at Amazon.

Inventor Confidential by Warren Tuttle

The road to licensing a profitable, innovative product or technology is riddled with curves, holes, and rocky cliffs. The President of the United Inventors Association shows inventors, innovators, and makers a better path towards monetizing your creations and how to avoid the get-rich-quick scammers.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of eager inventors around the globe spend millions of dollars seeking assistance from inventor service companies and individuals claiming to be experts in the innovation and licensing fields, though their actual success rates are poor in relation to the dollar amounts they charge. In Inventor Confidential, inventor advocate Warren Tuttle tips the odds back in the investor’s favor.

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Blood in the Water - Kip Azzoni Doyle

Blood In The Water takes an inside look at the sorry state of the U.S. patent system, the crooked dealings that got us here, and what it’s going to take to get us back on track. This is our Independent Inventors’ Safe House.
Written by Kip Azzoni Doyle, indie inventor of The CardShark, the original and still best combo smartphone case / credit card wallet ever made. She did everything right to protect her invention, but in the end, she still found herself infringed, sued, and threatened.

Stunned and wondering how a system designed to protect people like her could go so very wrong, she went digging… and discovered the situation was far worse than she could have ever imagined. The book explores her own experience, that of other “indies,” and the recent history that has blown the U.S. patent system so wildly off the rails, and which she hopes will both inform and rally readers to demand the legislative changes that the patent system so desperately needs.

Releasing Fall 2021, sign up at Blood in the Water.

"Patents are property rights, granted because our Constitution granted individuals rewards for their inventions providing an important incentive for the development of new, useful, and often life-saving products."
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Josh Malone
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