Are you stuck? Confused? Struggling? I’ve learned that it’s virtually impossible to succeed at inventing alone. The sooner you get the help you need, the better. But what are the best ways to get that information and advice? There’s tons of literature on inventing available – but what’s good and what’s not? There’s an equal number of websites about inventing in existence – what’s helpful and what’s not? This blog will list the ways I believe are the very best to get inventing help. As I’ve said before, there isn’t one magical person or service that’s going to get you in the door – you’re going to have to do the work. But you should be working as informed and inspired as possible.
The Inventor’s Bible, by Ronald Louis Docie, Sr. (Great Content. A Must Read)
How to License Your Million Dollar Idea, by Harvey Reese (Fast read. Good information)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cashing in on Your Inventions, by Richard C. Levy (Make sure you have this one in your library.)
And one of my absolute favorites, The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz, Ph.D
These books offer highly valuable and reliable information – if you’re confused on a subject and need clarification, they can help. But they rarely offer a path to follow or steps to take. They’re descriptive, not prescriptive.
Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office website (uspto.gov) – I knew few inventors who do so as frequently as they should. The USPTO has devoted an entire section of their site to “Inventor Support”, offering a FAQ on patents, copyrights, and trademarks in their resources section. The site also explains the ways you can use the USPTO to get even more inventing help (freely).
Join an inventor’s group. Check out the following listings. If you learn best from other’s examples and want to network, then this is a great path. Some inventor’s groups are stronger than others, but each offers the opportunity to meet someone with whom you might connect or learn from. Or at the least, vent to. Visit Inventors Digest for a complete list.
Read Inventor’s Digest. The magazine is one of the best ways to get current information about inventing and the inventing community. Check it out online for free.
Join a forum. Forums aren’t always reliable, but they do offer the chance to interact with thousands of other inventors and experts. And in that way, they’re unique. Have your own question? Post it. Or read through previous threads about topics that are sure to be familiar to you. I like and use the forums on “inventorspot.com” and obviously, “inventright.com”.
Don’t know what company to approach or how to get the information you need to do so? As I wrote last week, InventRight has created a directory of companies online, and it’s free. Others exist, but you usually have to pay to access them. Inventions are wanted – find out what type and where.