LAST WEEK I showed a table of 10 steps for applying and obtaining a patent. Over the next 10 weeks I will discuss one step each week to complete the explanation of the entire process. This week is Step I.
Although I may have repeated this many times, an inventing process is methodical and prosaic.
By understanding this entire process fully, you will avoid wasting your precious time and money, and avoid being taken in by those outfits claiming to assist you in getting a patent by first taking several thousand dollars.
Step I is to read and understand a patent book so that you get the general lay of the land. I don't want you to read every word in your earnest effort to fully understand the system. Since you haven't done this before, there will be many things you won't understand. That's fine.
My suggestion is to read Chapter 1 and 2 of a patent book. Regarding books on the patent process on the market, they all start with easy laymen's language at first, but quickly progress into legalistic lingo, where we laymen are not really comfortable. That usually causes us to stop reading and abandon the book, and the entire process abruptly comes to a halt. And your short-lived career of being an inventor is over.
Let's not make this happen. Please take your time to read it SLOOOOOWLY. Any books on patents are not as exciting as drug store detective novels. You cannot make any profit by reading drug store books, but you may hit a gushing oil well through your patent someday.
There are some 10 books on the market. They range anywhere from $30 to $60 per copy. I have three books on the subject, and they are:
1) "The Independent Inventor's Handbook," Foreman & Welytok, by Workman Publishing Co.
2) "The Inventors' Bible," Docie, by The Speed Press
3) "Patent It Yourself," Pressman, by NOLO (good index section)
The third book is equipped with a thorough index section, but it is a heavy book written in complex legalese. My suggestion is to purchase the first one on the list and read it as your "go-to" book, and use the third one as a reference. All totaled you will spend some $90 for the two, but that's a necessary expense if you are about to make millions. What you have to do is keep them on your desk and constantly refer to them.
Once you have gained somewhat of an overview of the entire patent process and you have become a little comfortable, then use the third book's ("Patent It Yourself") index to explore further. Those two books will lead you to own some patents. However, making profit from them is another matter all together.
Shintaro (Sam) Asano of New Castle, who speaks and writes English as a second language, was named by MIT in 2011 as one of the 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century who improved our life. He is a businessman and an inventor in the field of electronics and mechanical systems, who is credited as the original inventor of today's portable fax machine. He also developed a data tablet used in the retail point of sale to capture customer signatures when credit cards are used. Write to him at email@example.com.