Author: Michael H. Jester, Registered Patent Attorney,
160 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, Paper
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
straightforward style, without legalese. It highlights many real-world
examples, from the patented low-tech method for making dippin� dots� ice
cream to the high-tech patented eHarmony.com romantic matchmaking
service. Helpful and entertaining illustrations taken from actual U.S. patents
are included throughout the book. Crucial information is provided to ensure
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 invention to third parties.
Abraham Lincoln said that the introduction of patent laws was one of the three
most important developments in world history, declaring that �the patent
system added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.� In other words, people
will be motivated to invent if they know they can profit from their effort.
Lincoln knew firsthand about patents�he�s the only President ever granted
Michael H. Jester, a registered patent attorney, is well qualified to answer the
basic questions frequently posed by inventors. He has practiced patent law
for 30 years, during which he has prepared and prosecuted more than 400
patent applications for large companies, such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and
Medtronic, as well as many small companies and individual inventors. Jester
has also handled patent litigation and served as an expert witness in patent
law. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of
California, where he was a part-time instructor on intellectual property law for
five years. Jester resides and practices patent law in Coronado, California.