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From reading literally hundreds of good and bad invention help books over the years, I have put together a list of invention books that I think are the best around. But don't only listen to me, why not read other reviews besides my own that I have put together.


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The Einstein Factor : A Proven New Method for Increasing Your Intelligence

by Win Wenger, Ph.D


"The Einstein Factor liberates mental abilities 

you didn’t know you had. I tried the techniques 

in the book and they paid off instantly. It’s 

almost scary."—Duncan Maxwell Anderson,

 senior editor, Success.


Why do I recommend it?


Of the hundreds of creativity books that I have read, including many Edward de Bono books, The Einstein Factor has more powerful techniques and ideas than I have ever come across. ImageStreaming, as discussed in this book, is the best creativity tool available. I have come up with literally hundreds of ideas and inventions through ImageStreaming. It works so well that I suggest 

you give it a try before buying this book by going to Win Wenger's site. The Einstein Factor uses ImageStreaming as the foundation for even greater techniques. 


Book description 


New research suggests that the superior achievements of famous thinkers may have been more the result of mental conditioning than genetic superiority. Now you can learn to condition your mind in the same way and improve your performance in virtually all aspects of mental ability, including memory, quickness, IQ, and learning capacity.Intelligence pioneer Dr. Win Wenger has identified the tools you need to reach greater levels of sharpness, insight, and overall intelligence. Using Wenger’s Image Streaming technique, you learn to bypass inhibitions and access the hypernormal capabilities hidden in your own subconscious. Discover how you can:

·Improve your memory

·Read faster and learn more quickly

·Solve problems like a genius

·Score higher on tests

·Build self-esteem

·Induce a state of total creative absorption

·Access powerful subconscious insights through visualization

·Increase your intelligence

The Einstein Factor is your key to living an extraordinarily effective and creative life!

Why do others recommend it?


John A Storey: For anyone who loves to learn

5 out of 5 stars

This book describes itself as a proven new method for increasing your intelligence. There have certainly been many years of experimentation, research and teaching behind the methods presented. If you like learning, then you'll probably love a book about learning, and this is no disappointment: plenty of practical techniques to try out and a guarantee, I would say, that even if your intelligence doesn't change, your intuition will definitely have improved for practising these methods. Central to the book is the technique of "image streaming". The main idea behind this is that we all have a constant stream of images flowing out from our subconscious minds, but traditional education and upbringing has generally taught us to screen out these images. So successful has our screening become, many of us believe that we don't have such images at all, and cannot "visualise" with eyes closed. The authors however reassure us that everybody has these images. Image streaming is the way to kick-start and develop our awareness of them. One particularly effective part of this technique is to use your own voice as a kind of feedback loop to reinforce and solidify the process of visualisation. I was surprised at how well a rich, sensory, and vocal description added to the vividness of my images. Having laid the foundations with this basic technique, it can them be put to practical use is all sorts of ways: re-examining your own past, solving problems, answering questions intuitively for yourself and others. The research behind the book shows in the scientific theorising behind these and other techniques although, very often, the authors have to conclude that they don't really know why these intuitive techniques work; they just do!
There are plenty more goodies to try too: borrowing identities from your greatest heroes, modelling musical genius, photoreading at lightening speed, freenoting, achieving flow, and boosting brain power through oxygenation. This book has an upbeat energetic style, which is probably a benefit of being co-written. It gave me a lot of new ideas, and I feel confident that the benefits will continue well beyond the simple enjoyment of reading.


Selling your invention



Turn Your Idea or Invention into Millions

by Don Kracke


Why do I recommend it?


This guy has so much energy that becomes conveyed through to you as you read his book. It makes you excited about the entire invention process and gets you into the right mindset to get your ideas flowing and then get them selling. Kracke explains that you need not only have a "once-in-a-lifetime" million-dollar idea but can build a network of inventions that all bring in years of cash.


Book Description

Now an inventor whose product ideas have generated over one billion dollars in retail sales shares his success secrets for aspiring inventors! In Turn Your Idea or Invention Into Millions, celebrated inventor and best-selling author Don Kracke begins with the first flash of inspiration and guides readers, step by step, through the adventures, passions, and pitfalls of launching a new product. This entertaining, humorous, and incredibly informative guide reveals hundreds of insider tips on 

researching, patenting, manufacturing, funding, and promoting an invention. Don Kracke shares his success secrets to help fledgling inventors take ideas from their imaginations and bring them into the commercial marketplace. Readers will discover what to do—and what to avoid—when getting an invention to the retail shelves, calculating wholesale and retail prices, and using advertising, packaging, and publicity to sell the product. Plus, they'll learn how to determine if their idea has any 

market value, target the right audience, leverage a marketer's interest into free help, and much, much more.



Why do others recommend it?


Caleb Chung, Co-Inventor of the Furby Toy

"Inventing and selling a hit is like catching lightning in a bottle…this book is your lightning rod."

Michael W. Boehm, President of Intellection, Ltd. and Inventor of the George Foreman Fusion 

Grill and the Pillsbury Ultimate Mixing Bowl

"In his new book, Don Kracke skillfully leads us down the complex and challenging road of the invention process."


Midwest Book Review

5 out of 5 stars

Any[one] interested in the world of inventions or creative design will find Turn Your Idea Or Invention Into Millions an important guide to thinking like a professional inventor, from obtaining patents, copyrights and trademarks to calculating wholesale and retail prices and avoiding scams. Any inventor will find this packed with important, practical applications.

Entrepreneur Magazine: Bringing Your Product to Market
by Don Debelak

Why do I recommend it?


I like this book because the author, Don Debelak, is sincere. He does not tell you that it will be easy 

to bring your product to market, he tells you as it is. The first chapter is called "Facing Realities: Hard Work Lies Ahead". He does, however, help you to achieve a point where you are confident that your idea is marketable. I think that the book's greatest strength is making the inventor feel confident about his idea and helping him project this confidence to possible developers. 

Book Description 

Build an empire step by step

Don't risk a small fortune trying to make a big one. Let acclaimed consultant Don Debelak show you how to get your exciting new product off the drawing board and into the marketplace—without losing your shirt! In this book, you'll learn what every inventor and entrepreneur needs to know about manufacturing techniques, product design, distribution channels, patents, licensing, and cash flow. You'll also discover how to handle some very tricky issues that are crucial to your success, including

Knowing when your product is market ready

Creating a step-by-step product-to-market strategy

Adjusting your strategy to changing market conditions

Finding financial help from investors, manufacturers, and distributors

Having manufacturers pay development costs prior to licensing

ENTREPRENEUR Magazine is the banner publication of the Entrepreneur Magazine Group. It has the largest newsstand circulation of any business monthly with a total ABC-audited circulation of 410,000. DON DEBELAK is President of DSD Marketing, an inventor assistance firm. He has personally helped more than 100 entrepreneurs market and sell their products successfully.

Also available from the Entrepreneur Magazine library:

The Entrepreneur Magazine Small Business Advisor

The Entrepreneur Magazine Small Business Answer Book

Guide to Integrated Marketing

Human Resources for Small Businesses

Making Money with Your Personal Computer

Small Business Legal Guide

Starting a Home-Based Business

Starting an Import/Export Business

Successful Advertising for Small Businesses


FREE issue of Entrepreneur Magazine

50% discount on Entrepreneur Magazine subscription

1/2 price admission to any Entrepreneur Magazine Small Business Expo

Discount on American Entrepreneurs Association membership

See details and coupons in back of book.


Why do others recommend it?

Many people who think they have a million-dollar idea for a new product spend and often lose a small fortune trying to market their invention. This book outlines the most efficient and cost-effective way to introduce a product for little money--and expect a large return

John Dunbar:5 out of 5 starsprobably the best book on new product development

This is probably the best book on new product development... for the entrepreneur (those with a great idea, and somewhat limited budget). I ordered this book from Amazon after I read another of his books, Infilitration Marketing). I thought the previous book was A+, and I give that score to this book as well. I have also ordered his Marketing Plan book, but haven't read it yet.

I put this book up their with those of Barry Feig (Straight to the Heart, The New Products Workshop). But this book, Bringing Your Product To Market, is the best overall book for product development - more encompassing. It has lots of marketing material, but also lots of new product development ideas, how (and if, when) to license, how to manufacture (mostly contract manufacture). His book is the best over all book... and thus would be that one book to buy that includes it all.

Unlike other books on new product marketing, he doesn't go endlessly on about how to patent your product, how to hire a lawyer, and other side issues. This is much more practical: it presents a phased plan of new product development, market research, market testing, etc. Contract manufacturing, patents and licensing (excellently done) is then discussed in terms of this phased approach.

The purpose of this book is to get you away from developing a monument to yourself and to control urging of your ego to not listen to what the market is trying to say. His checklist and phased approach almost forces you to spend less on the front end than you normally would, and to constantly check the market's reactions. In this regard, the book is EXCELLENT PLUS. I have not seen any other book that is so practical, yet filled with marketing insight. I would say that if you followed his advice, you would triple your odds of success.

Every page oozes with practical experience (he consults with new product developers). He gives ratios and rules of thumbs for many subjects... again, based on his experience. He also provides lots of examples that illustrate his points. I would recommend that you order any of this guy's stuff. His marketing book was great, and I look forward to reading his marketing plan book.

I would also recommend your reading Feig's book, which goes into more detail in the market research and product idea development phase.

Oh, one last thing, I underlined about 60 % of just about every page in this book. I've filed it under the Dewey Decimal System of "A+".


Licensing your invention








License Your Invention


by Richard Stim.


Why do I recommend it?


Firstly, Richard Stim is a licensing attorney, so he knows what he's talking about. Secondly, he writes in common English and not legal-speak. Thirdly, he has a lot more experience than most on the subject and can give practical advice. I recommend reading this book before going to an attorney, as it will make you an expert on the entire licensing process (perhaps more so than your attorney!). 


Book Description

Like most inventors, you dream of striking it rich – finding a company you can trust, hashing out a fair licensing deal, watching your idea hit the marketplace and then raking in the profits. But where do you find the right company? And how do you draft an agreement that will protect your interests?

License Your Invention provides both the practical marketing advice and the legal licensing language you need to turn your invention into a moneymaker.

Step by step, this book explains the key elements in a licensing agreement, from advances and royalties to the length of an agreement. It also explains complex concepts such as warranties, indemnity and reservation of rights – all in plain English. Learn how to:

*understand the licensing process  *determine your ownership rights *work with agents effectively *find potential licensors *show your invention while protecting your work *negotiate a fair licensing deal *draft your own comprehensive licensing agreement *understand, review and negotiate changes

The completely updated 4th edition provides a new section on international licensing and expanded information on invention ownership rights for university and government employees.

Why do others recommend it?



Baton Rouge Advocate

Gives detailed instructions on working with manufacturers, marketers, distributors, addresses issues on copyright, trademark laws, ownership, finances and much more.

Greg S. Weber, Esq.-Creative Media Law Group

This book is a tremendous asset for an inventor with the desire and inclination to do it yourself.

Electronics Now
Tells inventors everything they need to know to enter into a solid licensing agreement.

Stephen Paul Gnass, Founder Invention Connection®

With this one creative work, Attorney Richard Stim has given the inventor lightening power [like the art on the cover shows] in understanding what it takes to license an invention. It's easy to grasp because it's written in layman's terms. He has graphs on the licensing process, with forms in the back of the book as well sample agreements. He's given the inventor the tools and formats for licensing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, option agreements, contract work, agency letters, etc. And, all these agreements are also on a disk which is included with the book. He's outdone himself. I can't say enough about what Richard has put into this excellent licensing course for the inventor. I believe that it not only helps the independent novice inventor, but is also a good reference for those who consider themselves experts. Even attorneys should find this an excellent addition to their legal library. I recommend it highly. Accolades to Richard



The Inventor's Bible: How to Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas
Ronald Louis, Sr. Docie


Why do I recommend it?


The Inventor's Bible has a lot of great case studies that will give you years worth of experience without having to make the same mistakes yourself (!). It also gives you comprehensive and excellent advice on finding the right companies to market your product, and then on dealing with them. I also like the checklists that he gives you,for instance in choosing the right company, to make sure you're doing it right.


Book Description

You’ve just invented a new technology, a must-have product. So what now? Patent it? Manufacture it? Sell it? If you’re like most would-be Edisons, chances are your stroke of genius will collect dust waiting for you to plot your next move. Fear not, intrepid creator—inventor and author Ronald Louis Docie Sr. shares more than 20 years of valuable insight in this revised and expanded edition of THE INVENTOR’S BIBLE, which now includes a workbook to help you take your ideas from concept to profit. With everything you need to know about marketing, licensing, and selling your invention, this comprehensive handbook will also help you figure out what your invention is worth, which companies might want your ideas, and what steps to take first. You dreamt it, you created it, and it actually works—let THE INVENTOR’S BIBLE pave the way to your first million.


Why do others recommend it?


Ed Zimmer, The Entrepreneur Network.
... this is a great book. It's the definitive book on product licensing for the independent inventor! 

Book review by Bill Bazik, Inventors Connection of Greater Cleveland
Inventors Connection of Greater Cleveland

If you have developed your invention to the stage where it is "proven to be functional and is sound from an engineering standpoint", how do you license a company to manufacture and market it? This book may provide you with the information needed for you to license your invention.

The author points out that while every case is unique, generally speaking, licensing an invention is an easier route to go than outright sale or attempting to manufacture your product yourself.

He explains how your "know how" may be an important ingredient in your licensing deal. In fact, you may make more money from consulting fees than from the patent itself.

Docie stresses the importance of using common sense and that communicating effectively is vital to your success. He points out there is a vast amount of information out there that can be had -- and often at very low cost.

Emphasis is placed on the value of locating the key people in the industry that would use your invention and of finding "champions" within the companies who will support your efforts to license your invention. Each industry has its own system of distribution. You can and must determine how your invention fits into the scheme of distribution. Understanding how distributors, buyers and manufacturer agents function in your invention's industry is critical to your progress. Also, understanding how the needs of catalog or mail-order markets differ from retail channels can be a key bit of knowledge.

Attending trade shows can yield important information as to who the key decision makers are at various companies. Docie gives tips as to how attending these trade shows can be done on a surprisingly low budget.

Once your have determined possible licensees, which are the ones to contact? He gives an 8-point check list for selecting potential licensees and a list of 7 cautions to guide you in your first conversations with the key decision makers. This is followed by a list of 26 questions regarding market information (such as how a company has worked with outside inventors), what their manufacturing capabilities are and company background questions. He cautions you must clearly explain your invention but at the same time not give away any trade secrets or confidential information.

The subject of confidentiality agreements is discussed from various standpoints including the author's view after over 20 years' of experience. A disclosure agreement form that has served him well is reproduced.

The book suggests ways to realistically calculate manufacturing costs and why "approaching the engineering department may be the kiss of death". The pros and cons of the new patent office system of provisional patent applications are given. An example of an actual submission letter used by Docie Marketing is reproduced. A sample of a non-exclusive license contract is also reproduced. Various licensing strategies, factors and how to negotiate licensing agreements are discussed. These include how to maintain licensees' quality standards and how to monitor their sales.

His chapter 7, Industry Survey of Invention Evaluation and Marketing Firms, is a must read for every inventor. The author does not pull any punches. He includes in the "rip-off" category some patent attorneys who fail to point out to their clients that their patent claims may be so weak as to make their patent commercially worthless. He lists 13 factors inventors should consider in selecting an evaluation service firm.

Three case histories give, in detail, examples of the chills, fevers and glories that can take place when you go down the road negotiating a license to your invention. For example, how should you deal with the shock of a patent office rejection of your application for a patent? How would you deal with 18 companies copying your item? The author found himself in exactly that situation and came up with a solution. How do you decide when or if your patience and persistence are stretched to the point of violating common sense?

The author suggests many inventors could learn a lot from television detective Columbo -- ask a lot of questions, listen and say no more than necessary.

The last chapter has 11 pages of up-to-date resources available to inventors.

Reading this book, or any book, will not make you a licensing expert, but it will alert you to many of the landmines out there. The book is down-to-earth and is based on the author's practical hands-on experience in the real world. The pretentious vocabulary some writers seem prone to is avoided.


Patenting your invention



Patent It Yourself
by David Pressman


Why do I recommend it?


I like this book because it is written in plain English that anyone can understand. Many patent books tend to speak in legal jargon that non-lawyers find hard to read. I recommend that you read this book before hiring a patent lawyer. You will then know whether the lawyer is telling you the truth or not. It will also help you understand why your invention needs to have a "novelty" factor in order to succeed in getting a patent and then in order to make money. It's regarded as a classic.


Book Description

Celebrating 20 years of success!

Patent It Yourself is the world's bestselling patent book, recommended by patent attorneys, inventors, librarians and journalists.

Patent attorney and former patent examiner David Pressman takes you -- step-by-step and in plain English -- through the entire patent process, from conducting a patent search to filing a successful application.

Patent It Yourself also covers:

*documenting the invention process
*successful marketing strategies
*foreign patent rights
*assigning and licensing your invention to others
*and much more

The 10th edition of Patent It Yourself is completely updated and revised, providing the latest USPTO filing rules, as well as new amendment rules, mailing rules and fees. It also covers the new European Patent Office and Patent Cooperation Treaty rules.

Whether you're new at the inventing game or a grizzled veteran, Patent It Yourself will save you grief, time, and most importantly, mone


Why do others recommend it?
Say that you've come up with a really nifty idea for a gizmo that would improve the lives of every human being on Earth and probably turn you into a gadzillionaire, too! Before you get too far into the fantasy, you need this extremely detailed and comprehensive guide to the process of getting a patent. This is not a small book, but it contains everything you need to know, including a lot of things you probably don't KNOW you need to know. Very detailed, with examples of forms you'll need, addresses and marketing advice, this is the complete guide you'll need to navigate this complex process from square one to gadzillionaire-ness!

From Library Journal
This is a revised and considerably enlarged edition of a book published in 1979 by McGraw-Hill ( LJ 7/79). It is more thorough and provides better coverage of peripheral topics (e.g, how to keep lab notebooks, marketing and licensing inventions) than Kenneth Norris's The Inventor's Guide to Low-Cost Patenting ( LJ 7/85). Norris, however, includes more extracts from relevant regulations and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. The heart of both books is the process of acquiring a patent: searching for "prior art," drafting claims and applications, making drawings and responding appropriately to "office actions" of the Patent and Trademark Office. Pressman writes well and formats the material for easy reference. Recommended for public libraries. Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
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