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And with this knowledge, you will then be in a position to decide which way you want to go; for example: 

  • If you are an inventor with many inventions - you may choose to sell inventions and not get involved in marketing. Of course, the profit is less, but you have more time to invent; 

  • You may want to take your invention all the way- which means you need to, also, be a marketer...which means more profit but less time to invent; 

  • You may need money - for marketing, working capital, and/or find joint venture partners, or maybe a 
    good manufacturer/distributor relationship; 

  • You may be a marketer or a buyer of inventions - and want to understand what's involved to help you expedite finding and selling inventions.

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    Itís made up of three parts:

    1) Inventorís Story (from my personal consulting experience)

    2) Definitions and Details (information on all Intellectual Property protection rights); and

    3) Resources (links to specific helpful information that I use constantly).

    Does this eBook contain everything to make you a success? 

    Probably not.

    But, it will walk you through the basic steps so you will have an understanding of whatís involved.

    It will provide pertinent definitions and guidelines (including how foreign patents fit in) for all intellectual property. 

    And it contains links to websites that all inventors, both new and experienced, need and should use. 

      

    As a small time inventor, it's imperative that your invention idea be protected; and I'm all about protecting an invention idea.RIf this applies to you, please read below...

    Don't discuss your invention idea with anyone or mail it out for an evaluation until it's properly protected. Why? Read this:  


    Elisha Gray

    In 1876, on the 14th day of February, Elisha Gray filed for a patent on the very same day that Alexander Graham Bell did.  

    Both men claimed that they had invented the telephone.  But, in the end, Gray was denied and Bell was awarded his place in history.  

    Why did the judge favor Bell?  Well, it turned out that the final decision came down to one thing: 

    "CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE."  

    The court had ruled that Bell was the original inventor due to his proof in which it was determined that on a certain day, preceding Gray's work, he had been working on the invention.  

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    Alexander Graham Bell

    With that in mind, I immediately typed and sketched out a description of my invention, enclosed it in an envelope, and mailed it to myself.  I even had the post office request my signature when I received it, thereby establishing an indisputable mailing date.  

    Approximately fifteen (15) months later, I discovered that my invention was selling like hot cakes in every major retail store  (Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sears)  in my hometown.  I think you can guess how upset and mad I was because I had not, yet, gotten it to market, and then to discover that someone else was making a profit from my invention was almost more than I could bear.  

    So I hired an attorney; after all, I had my date-stamped envelope in hand containing the invention.  But to my surprise he told me that a lawsuit with a big corporation, who had deep financial pockets, would create a very time consuming and extremely expensive battle in a court of law...and, there was a very slim chance that I could win. (The bottom line to my nightmare was: even though I could prove the mailing date of the envelope, it was another thing to prove what was really contained inside.) So, I gave up.

    With my next invention, I was still not in a financial position to hire a patent attorney to do a patent search, let alone file for a patent.  And having the horrible experience of the first invention in mind, I could feel the "patent time clock" ticking that made me petrified of losing it to public domain. To say I was desperate to find a less expensive and faster way to get legal protection would be an understatement.

    But then, not too much later and after heavy research, I discovered a "protection service" being offered by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for inventors. Basically, when an inventor mails written documentation of his/her invention, or concept of the invention, along with a simple description and some rough drawings...they will file it, in strict confidence, for a period of two (2) years, at a very modest cost.

    Of course, this is not a patent application, but I believe it is just as important. Why? Because it takes time to get a product to market, or even sell you idea to another person or entity. And as you journey this road you will meet a lot of clever people that can rob you of your invention. Even before you talk with an attorney, or a marketing company, or a bank, or relatives, or friends...it is better and safer to have your invention safely recorded.

    Believe me, taking this quick action to have proper documentation in the Patent Office provided the conclusive evidence an inventor needs to determine that he or she is the original inventor.  

    However, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Washington, DC decided to terminate this program as of February 1st, 2007Ö meaning an inventor will have to fend for him or herself until a patent is granted.  

    In other words, an inventor will need to file for a patent within one year after making it known to the public, with no real protection in the interim.  

    Luckily, I had a relationship with a few patent attorneys, who agreed that they didn't agree with the decision by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. And after explaining my story with regard to losing my first few invention ideas because I hadn't protected before I was ready to get a Patent...they said the next best way is to have a notebook and witnesses to your idea along with a notarized Document Disclosure Form.  

    So that is what I do now...notarize a form (exactly like the Disclosure Document that the Patent Office required) with my new ideas before I talk to anybody. Here are my steps: 

           Step One:
     
    I first find out if the invention idea has already been patented by doing a  Preliminary Patent Search
    (
    Note: It is not a full blown patent search
    by a patent attorney, but it will  give a very good indication what is out there)

    Step Two:

    If I don't find anything that looks like the invention idea, then I complete the Document Disclosure form and have it notarized. This will establish the date of my idea (One idea I had was before the notarized date, so I made up a simple notebook, which had notes and roughly the days and times I began this idea and included it with a notarized Document Disclosure form).

          Step Three:
    Next, I put the notarized document form in a very safe place (I have a small portable and fireproof vault in my house).

         Step Four:
    Then I continue with making my invention a reality, having more time to get all my ducks in a row instead of being ham-strung with short, patent, time constraints.

    Thereís a lot to know and understand, especially for a small, fledgling  inventor...and it seems that almost every new inventor will just accept, blindly, any advice from people that seem to know what they are talking about without doing some kind of background check or basic research with regard to their credentials. 

    Of course these people will help you (for money), and they, the so called professionals, will brainwash you with a belief that they possess expert insider knowledge and will have the complete answers.   

    Example: Those so called Marketing and/or Promotion Companies who prey on inventors, and are notorious for stealing inventions that have value (trust me, I have personal experience); or, if it doesnít have value, they will still milk you for as much as can be tolerated, then drop you like a red, hot potato.  

    And patent attorneys will and can help you with patent protection. But, because it will take about two years for a  patent to be granted and a cost of between $8,000 up to $15,000 (included are filing and maintenance fees), they will generally keep you in the dark while asking for more and more money. If you hang in there and do get a patent, you still, more than not, will end up with a protected invention that hasnít earned a dime...leaving you very frustrated and probably in debt.  

    And second...I would like to offer an immediate and easy way to protect your invention idea, which is essential to you having any possibility to monetary success.  Unless you have applied for or have obtained a provisional or non-provisional (also known as utility or a valid) patent, it is in your best interest to have conclusive evidence of the established date of your invention idea. 

    Therefore, I am offering the Document Disclosure Form I referred to above...

    Disclosure Document Form

    A document (ready to fill-in and be notarized) disclosing the date of your invention idea that will establish tangible conclusive evidence.

    In addition, I have a package of forms that are invaluable to any inventor. 

    Let me explain: Even though you would have a notarized form with regard to your idea, you will need more protection when talking about your invention to manufactures, suppliers, engineers, designers, printers, cpa's, lawyers, investors, banks, relatives, friends, and so forth.  

    There are, also, many good ideas (cooking recipes, chemical formulas, etc.) that either can not or should not, be patented. But once you divulge your idea without some kind of proper Non-Disclosure, also known as a Confidential Agreement, signed in writing by the party reviewing your idea, it automatically becomes public domain, (in other words...anyone can legally steal it ). 

    But before I tell you what it is, I would like to paint you a picture: let's say you have an invention idea and come to the conclusion that you need a money partner. You have someone interested in your invention idea (of course that is after they've signed a Confidential Agreement). You need to work this out quickly while you have the money investor's interest, but a few things get in your way: you don't want a partner under the brutal partnership law arrangement in this country;  you don't want to or have the money or time to get with an attorney; you don't want to set up some other legal entity like a corporation or a Limited Liability Company, and the time clock is clicking to move forward on your invention. 

    What do you do? Or, to get to the point, how can you put a legal and binding relationship together having access to the investor's money for working capital you desperately need without having or letting this money investor get involved in the mechanics and/or operation of your business? 

    Well, I've been using a Joint Venture Agreement (also known as JV Agreement), which spells out exactly the roles of each party. But it does much more than that: it states that it is not a partnership arrangement and it has an exit strategy with legal ramifications noted in case one party doesn't perform, it outlines the contributions of each party, and it spells out the profits to be shared at your design. 

    I've use it for many things, not just for working with money people; but I have, also, used it for a relationship with a small manufacturer, with an investor, and many of legal arrangements in the business world, which even included real estate dealings. 

    That's only one form out of many I use. And maybe you won't need all of these Agreements, but believe me...you'll feel better having them on hand. Here's what they are...

    Disclosure Document Form   ($19.97 Value) PLUS...

    1) Confidential  Agreement Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
    a must use before you talk to anybody about your idea

    2) Sales Agreement... Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
     
    a good use is when selling

    3) Option Assignment Agreement... Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
     
    a good use is when selling your invention rights before having a patent

    4) Assignment Agreement... Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
    a good use is when selling your invention that has a patent

    5) Option License Agreement...Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
    a good use is allowing someone else to sell your invention rights for a royalty fee before you have a patent

    6) License Agreement... Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
    a good use is allowing someone else to sell your invention, while paying you a royalty fee when you have a patent

    7) Joint Venture Agreement... Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
    a good use is when you want to go into business with someone, yet not be his partner or form a corporation

    8) Limited Power of Attorney...Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
     
    a good use is when you want to give someone your legal power, yet limit it to a certain endeavor or business venture

    9) Affidavit Agreement... Free Bonus ($19.97 Value)
     
    a good use is to have your written word, sworn under oath, given to someone stating a specific statement

    10) Business Plan Summary...Free Bonus ($29.97 Value)
    a good use is to have, not only as a guide and future income earning for your invention, but an organized and detailed outline of how you're going to achieve success...whether for your own purpose or for presentation.

     

    The value for this complete package of Protection Forms is $209.70...
     
    but I'm offering all the forms today for
    $14.97

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