Links to Other Websites
(Please note that these links are provided for your convenience. The author of this page makes no representation as to the accuracy of whatever information you receive from any site.)
If you’re new to the game, you may want to start with a page of Frequently Asked Questions
This is a big page, so you might want to jump to an area of interest by
Getting started searching for prior art
Looking for components?
Marketing, Manufacturing and Financial links
Magazines & other info sources
Newsgroups for inventors
Patenting details: forms, rules, etc.
Want to find inventors' networking opportunities?
Looking for a local agent or attorney?
Patent Search Sites -- Searching skills are required if you want good results
Google provides a search of US patents (only) that is far easier to use than the USPTO’s site.
The European Patent Office has a site at http://worldwide.espacenet.com/ with search capabilities in English, French and German. Click the link to “Quick Search” to get keyword access to 30 million patent documents, or click on the “Advanced Search” option for structured searches.
Other popular search sites are:
A good search has to use the site’s patent classification system. The two major ones are:
The Manual of Classification of Patents (US) -- which has recently upgraded to include an index, definitions of the classes, and a concordance with the international classification system
A guide to tradeshows can be found at TradeShow NewsNetwork
Sources for R&D funding and assistance
Various government agencies set aside some of their R&D funding through Small Business Independent Research (SBIR) programs. These programs are set up to solve real problems identified by the sponsoring agency. They are not set up to fund programs suggested by inventors. Much of the SBIR funding comes from the Department of Defense
Licensing and start-up help
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) provides start-up counseling
Phony Services, Real SCAMS -- If you run across something that sounds too good to be true, take a look at
a similar one from InventorED
or a listing of inventors’ complaints filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office
Invention Dimension: An inventor of the week & lots of links at this kid-friendly site operated by M.I.T.
InventNet (also maintains the Inventors'
"How Stuff Works" -- a very popular site with great explanatory graphics
Other patent & invention information
Latest US Manual of Patent Examining Procedures (latest version at USPTO’s site)
Decisions from the CAFC – court of last resort in most
Inventor’s groups can be very helpful in finding resources, scoping out a marketing approach, and helping you get a ‘School of Hard Knocks’ education without having to suffer the ‘knocks’. Most of this is readily available on the internet. For example:
InventorEd.org is a site where you can sign up for several of the most active and fruitful of invention-related discussion groups
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