20 Questions to Ask If You Have a Great Idea Or Invention

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Career Press, 2006 - Law - 157 pages
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Eureka! You just came up with a brilliant invention. Now what? Wouldn't it be great if an experienced patent lawyer answered the basic questions that nearly every novice inventor has? Here are just a few: * Do I need to build my invention and see if it's practical? * Should I engage an invention promotion company? * How do I start a business based on my invention? * Would it be better to license my patent rights to a company? * How do I get a patent, how long will it take, and how much will it cost? * How much money can I expect to make if I get a patent? 20 Questions to Ask If You Have a Great Idea or Invention is written in a straighforward style, without legalese. Crucial information is provided to insure that you don't lose the rights to your potentially valuable invention, including time limits for seeking a patent, steps to preserving evidence of your priority, and safeguards for disclosing your inventions to third parties.
 

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Trademarks and Service Marks
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Is It a Trade Secret?
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Patents Have Tax Advantages
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Have to Use a Patent Attorney
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The eBay Patent Wars
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Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Michael H. Jester holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California and has been in the private practice of patent and trademark law for nearly thirty years. He has prosecuted over four hundred U.S. patent applications, obtained numerous trademark registrations, and been counsel of record or an expert witness in many patent and trademark lawsuits.

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