Table of Contents for From Patent To Profit : Secrets & Strategies For The Successful Inventor


Preface xiii
Introduction xvii
Part I INVENTING
Invention Development and Design
3(16)
Keys to Success
4(1)
Patent Prowess
4(1)
Take Action
5(4)
Development Objectives
9(4)
Ongoing Evaluation and Research
13(6)
Design and Development Strategy
19(32)
Three Keys to Developing Inventions
19(2)
The Strategic Guide System
21(3)
Seven Benchmarks to Profit
24(3)
Benchmark #1: Protect Your Idea
27(2)
Benchmark #2: Conduct a Patent Search
29(1)
Benchmark #3: Evaluate Marketability
30(3)
Guiding Principles for Evaluating Marketability
33(3)
Benchmark #4: Learn About Manufacturing
36(1)
Benchmark #5: Prototype Your Invention
37(2)
Establish Prototyping Partnerships
39(6)
Benchmark #6: Secure Marketing
45(1)
Benchmark #7: Write and File Patent Applications
46(2)
Last but not Least . . . Improve Your Invention
48(3)
Customer-Driven Innovation
51(32)
The Customer Driven Philosophy
51(4)
Applying CDI
55(4)
CDI Benefits Defined
59(9)
Making Inventions People Friendly
68(4)
The Best Kept Secrets of Great Inventions
72(11)
Assessment, Assistance, and Problem Solving
83(20)
The Assessment Process
84(4)
Buying Influences
88(1)
Measuring Your Assessments
89(1)
Problem-Solving Methods
90(7)
PQM and Design
97(1)
Assistance
98(5)
Part 2 PATENTING
Patent Basics
103(24)
Patents Are Assets
103(1)
What Is a Patent?
104(1)
What Rights Do Patents Grant?
105(1)
Who Can File?
105(1)
Requirements for Granting Patents
106(2)
Related Forms of Intellectual Property
108(3)
Patent Laws and Processes
111(16)
Patent Strategy
127(34)
Patent Protection Scope
128(3)
More About Other Patents
131(1)
Multiple Inventions
132(1)
What You Do Not Want to Patent
133(2)
Invention Disclosures
135(4)
Patent Searching
139(7)
Writing and Filing Strategies
146(9)
Prosecuting Patent Applications
155(3)
Patent Quality Management
158(3)
Writing Patent Applications
161(28)
Strategy for Writing a Utility Patent Application
161(4)
Writing a Patent Application
165(12)
Compiling Drawings
177(5)
Completing and Reviewing a Provisional Application
182(1)
Claims
183(3)
Supporting Documents
186(1)
21st Century Strategic Plan
187(2)
Protecting Your Rights
189(12)
Knock-Offs and Patent Infringement
189(3)
Patent Infringement Strategy
192(9)
Part 3 MARKETING & MANUFACTURING
Innovation Marketing
201(26)
The Right Invention Marketing Philosophy
201(6)
The Niche Marketing Philosophy
207(3)
Marketing Opportunities
210(4)
Creating a Price Structure
214(4)
Building Barriers to Entry
218(2)
Packaging
220(4)
Marketing-Related Buying Influences
224(3)
Marketing and Manufacturing Strategy
227(44)
Two Strategies and Seven Approaches
228(2)
Financing Your Inventions
230(7)
Strategy Is a Team Effort
237(3)
The Partnering Process
240(6)
Finding and Interviewing Manufacturers and Marketers
246(8)
Confidentiality Agreements
254(7)
Business Plans and Prospectuses
261(10)
Manufacturing Partners
271(26)
Reliable, Cost-Effective Manufacturing
272(6)
Choosing Domestic or Foreign Partners
278(7)
Finding, Interviewing, Evaluating Manufacturers
285(12)
Marketing Partners
297(14)
Your Sales/Marketing Objectives
298(1)
Marketing Strategies
299(1)
Choosing a Partner
300(7)
Put it in Writing
307(4)
Launching a New Product
311(14)
The Launch Is a Three-Phase Process
312(1)
Phase One: The Market Approves the Final Prototype
312(1)
Phase Two: Consumer Trials and Test Marketing
313(4)
Phase Three: Ramp it Up!
317(1)
Continuos Improvement to Ensure Product Longevity
318(7)
Part 4 LICENSING
Licensing Basics
325(20)
Basics of Licensing
325(3)
Approaches to Licensing
328(2)
Anatomy of a License
330(12)
Manufacturing Agreements
342(3)
Licensing Strategy
345(18)
Your Licensing Objectives
345(6)
Exclusivity, Nonexclusivity, and Variables
351(12)
The Licensing Process
363(18)
The Licensing Plan
363(4)
The Licensing Mindset
367(6)
Objections From the Licensee
373(7)
Human Nature and Licensing
380(1)
CONCLUSION
381(2)
Appendices
383(12)
The Strategic Guide Chart
384(3)
Inventor Books, Materials, and Software
387(1)
Innovation and Intellectual Property Workshops and Training
388(1)
Government Assistance and Inventor Organizations
388(1)
Helpful Inventor Links and Resources
389(1)
Licensing and Marketing Contacts
389(4)
Trade Magazines
393(1)
Prototyping and Manufacturing
394(1)
Product Design and Manufacturing Assistance
394(1)
Patent Attorneys and Agents
394(1)
Patent Searching
394(1)
Internet Newsgroups
394(1)
About the Author 395(2)
Index 397