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Peek inside each of the chapters below

Chapter 1: Do You Need a Patent?

“I want to apply for a patent. How do I get started?” the caller asked me. “Why do you want to get a patent?” I inquired. Long silence . . . and then: “Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do when you invent something?”

What Can a Patent Actually Do?

In simple terms: a patent is a grant of rights by the government, for a limited time, that can be used to stop others from making, using, or selling your invention.

Here’s where we can begin separating myth from reality: having a patent does not give you the right to legally make your invention! Said differently, having a patent is not a requirement for you to make or sell your invention!

What a patent can do, however, is give you the right to stop others from making, using, or selling it without your permission.

Now that this is clear, we can take a look at whether the ability of a patent to stop others from making, using, or selling your invention is important enough to your goals to justify your decision to patent it…

What’s In This Chapter:

  • What Can a Patent Actually Do?
  • Reasons to Patent Your Idea
  • Reasons Not to Patent Your Idea

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