If you need detailed information on patents, then this is a MUST website to use. If you would like to conduct a detailed patent search go to http://patft.uspto.gov/. If you need help on patents including, patent searching, patent attorneys and agents, patent assistance, patent classifications, patent forms etc., then go to www.uspto.gov/main/patents.htm and check out the excellent patent guides and manuals.
The search goes back to 1776, as compared to the USPTO search that only goes to 1976, and is lightning fast. It puts the first page of the patent, claims, and drawings up front so that you can get a quick review to determine if the patent is applicable or not. In the search listing, it provides information in addition to just the patent title, unlike the USPTO that just provides the title. Also, each word searched is highlighted. However, use this search for only a basic patent search. For a more detailed and exact search, use the USPTO website provided below.
Free worldwide patent search site (based in Australia). This website provides general information on patents and intellectual property.
If you are interested in conducting a patent search, you might want to use this website as a guide.
This is a live video presentation presented by the University of Utah on how to accomplish a patent search at the US Patent and Trademark Office website, www.uspto.gov.
This website provides useful information on patents and inventions as related to things that you can do yourself, such as patenting, marketing, licensing, manufacturing, royalties, sell sheets, contacting potential licensees, etc.
These websites have many links and information related to companies that are seeking inventions.
This website provides two interesting 1 hour long videos on marketing as related to independent inventors. The videos are from presentations made at the recent Invent Bay Expo.
This website provides recent inventions developed by independent inventors. The inventions are video based and narrated.
If you are interested in general information related to independent inventors and patents, check out these websites. The United Inventors Association is a great source for general invention information.
This is an informative blog website for independent inventors provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
This website presents the InventorsEye, an online bimonthly magazine for independent inventors provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Like most other searches, you input key words for either a general search or an advanced search. Google Product Search then provides a quick image based listing of all products using the input key words. A corresponding website link is also provided for each product. This is a good way to conduct an invention search for products not necessarily patented. Remember that, if seeking a patent, accomplishing a patent search is not enough. A product search is also required to identify inventions/products that exist but were not patented.
Using this phone number, you can get useful legal information on patents provided by patent attorney Alan Thiele, Strasburger & Price L.L.P., a former Advisory Board member of Alamo Inventors. Menu based pre-recorded legal information is provided on many subjects concerning patents.
This website provides detailed information on making items out of plastic including making molds.
If you are going to present your invention to a company for licensing, you need a quality presentation. This website provides guidelines for preparation of compelling presentations.
Using Google Sketchup, you can make technical/engineering drawings for manufacture of prototypes and make 3D or perspective drawings for patents or marketing. In addition, you can rotate 3D models to view all sides and make animations.
Google Merchant Center (formerly Google Base) is a new free means of advertising your product to the world without having a web page. You fill out a Google online form providing details about your product with key words called “attributes’ and submit. Your product will then appear on Google Product Search if the “attributes” are used in the search. If you have a lot of products, you can fill out a Google spreadsheet of the products. Google Base has a means for online product payment. You can also submit things other than products such as jobs, vehicles, recipes, events, activities, etc.
All the patent related books at Nolo are good books. In particular, most inventors read Patent Pending in 24 Hours by Richard Stim and David Pressman for information on preparing a provisional patent application and Patent It Yourself by David Pressman for detailed information on patents and for preparing a utility patent application. At Ask the Inventors, there are 2 good books that provide general information on inventions, patents and marketing, namely, Inventing on a Shoestring Budget and The Everything Inventions & Patents Book, both by Mary Sarao and Barbara Pitts. All of these books are available at www.amazon.com at a reduced price.
This is a live panel discussion with three patent attorneys presented by the Salt Lake City Library. This a good video of patent attorneys fielding questions from inventors in the audience.
This website has a comprehensive list of valuable links for inventors.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has periodic on line chats in which inventors call in and ask questions which are answered by USPTO officials. The above link provides access to the chats.
A free inventor weekly newsletter providing pertinent information on all aspects of inventing. Subscribe to the newsletter at the above website.
These internet radio websites, hosted by United Inventors Association certified professional members, stream useful audio information and resources for inventors on a weekly basis.
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These links are from many various organizations that can help you to achieve success.
The Internet is full of information, however, it is always a good idea to find several sources to confirm the validity of the information. Other sources include professionals, such as patent attorneys, local Small Business Administration personnel, etc. These links are intended only as a starting point.