Guide to Becoming an inventor

A Guide to Becoming an inventor is a short self-help book, forty-five pages, full of practical advice on what to do if you want to start your own business and create useful or profit-making inventions. Author Rebecca Brents says that she wrote the book so other inventors can have a “plan B” if their ideas do not work. As with any good book, the key to becoming an inventor is to think big and then take small steps. This book provides an excellent set of ideas for people who are looking to follow in her InventHelp patent attorney.

Ms. Brents offers a short step-by-step guide to become an inventor on the title page. On subsequent pages she offers ideas for grants, equipment, forms, labeling, payment, and selling your invention. Each of these topics has at least one example of using standard shipping and handling procedures to apply for a patent. And the book includes a complete list of forms required to apply for a starting out as an inventor with InventHelp.

The book concludes with a short set of “what if” exercises. One exercise focuses on choosing your financial backer. She uses a form from the USPTO forms site to choose the best funding source and the author recommends three other potential sources. This exercise helps the aspiring inventor focus on the financial side of things before considering the technical aspects. If funding is not readily available, Ms. Brents offers a couple of suggestions about using the free time on the “tool bench” to build the business plan for acquiring support from InventHelp.

Ms. Brents recommends purchasing a hardbound edition of her book. Although the e-book can be downloaded from the website, the hardbound edition includes the same content and the same set of illustrations. Ms. Brents’s book can be ordered from most regular book stores as well as from many online retailers. It can also be ordered through the USPTO website and generally available through online catalogs. The price of the paperback should be roughly double that of the e-book; however, the price of the hardbound edition may be more because of the higher quality of paper, illustration and color printing.

Shipping charges are described in the Table of Contents. Ms. Brents has provided a table of contents along with a brief description of each section. If you order the paperback from the USPTO website, the costs may vary because of shipping and delivery charges. If the eBook is ordered from other sources, the costs may also be variable. The costs may also vary between different retailers in different countries.

The third part of the guide is a series of six short chapters that focus on topics related to patent drafting and design. Illustrations and photographs help readers understand the subject matter. The six chapters include a general overview of patentable subject matter, identifying the need for a patent, drafting a qualified patent specification and drafting an international application. Each chapter includes detailed illustrations and a description of the invention covered by the how do you patent an idea with InventHelp.

Additional materials are also provided at the end of each chapter. These include a discussion of what to consider in a client’s letter of request, a discussion of invention-related issues, a list of references dealing with patent law, a discussion of what to do after a client’s letter of request, and a discussion of practical difficulties faced by invention creators. The endnotes provide additional information regarding what was discussed in the text as well as links to additional resources and web sites. The index provides bibliographic information and a detailed description of the invention covered by the book. The index can also serve as a guide to navigating the entire book.

The third part of the guide to becoming an inventor focuses on the steps needed to apply for a patent. Applications can be submitted directly to the US Patent Office or through the Office of Technology Development. Applications that are submitted directly to the US Patent Office are subject to more extensive review than those that are submitted through other channels. Application processing times may take longer and fees may be higher for an application through the US Patent Office. The patent specialist responsible for reviewing an application can help applicants learn more about their rights and responsibilities as well as technical matters such as validity testing and filing of the patent.

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