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Patent Book Resources
A patent granted by a government confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention for a set period of time.
Business Method Patents
by Gregory A. Stobbs / Hardcover (February 15, 2002) / Aspen Publishers, Inc.
This single-volume book provides an in-depth discussion of how to apply for, obtain and exploit patents on business methods. The book examines the U.S. Patent Office’s regulations and guidelines that are applied to business method patents.
e-Patent Strategies for Software, e-Commerce, the Internet, Telecom Services, Financial Services, and Business Methods
by Stephen C. Glazier / Leather Bound - 224 pages (2000) / LBI Law & Business Institute
This book has chapters about e-Patents, i-Patents, and service patents, including new rules to invent software and Internet applications (and to patent the result), current legal developments, intellectual property audits, related forecasts of trends in technology and business, and case studies of the finance of technology businesses.
From Patent to Profit: Secrets & Strategies for the Successful Inventor
by Bob Dematteis / Paperback - 300 pages /
Square One Publishers, 3rd edition (JSeptember, 2004)
Creating a product and bringing it to the market can cost a bundle. With this complete inventor's guide, anyone with a creative streak can avoid potential problems and set a course for a successful launch.
The Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing
by Tamara Monosoff / Paperback: 256 pages / McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 22, 2005)
This book gives practical step-by- step advice for putting inspiration into action. The book takes inventors from idea development to marketing and sales covering everything from market research to prototype development, manufacturing and licensing and debunks some common myths. It simplifies the invention process; even providing stories from real mom inventors sharing their 'aha' moments and lessons learned.
The Patent Guide: A Friendly Guide to Protecting and Profiting from Patents
by Carl W. Battle / Paperback - 192 pages (November 1997) / Watson-Guptill Pubns

Geared toward the businessperson and individual inventor, this overview takes the reader from inception to patent drafting, follows an application through the Patent Office, shows how to select legal representation if needed, and concludes with information on infringement procedures, foreign protection options, and licensing and marketing an invention.
Patent It Yourself
by David Pressman / Paperback: 512 pages / NOLO; 11th edition (May 31, 2005)
Patent attorney David Pressman offers this definitive guide to patenting an invention. Completely revised and updated, contains new Patent and Trademark Office guidelines for software patents, important new information on provisional patent applications and design patents for computer icons, and detailed information on fees and foreign patent treaty memberships. ...
Patents and How to Get One: A Practical Handbook
by U. S. Department of Commerce / Paperback - 96 pages (March 2000) / Dover Pubns

For someone who knows nothing about the process, this is a great introduction. It also refers to other publications by the government and locations to get samples of some of the forms.
Patents: Bubblewrap, Bottlecaps, Barbed Wire, and Other Ingenious Inventions
by Ben Ikenson / Hardcover: 288 pages /  Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (2004)
This book includes dozens of notable patents, from the airplane, brassiere, chain saw, and fire hydrant to the Internet, parachute, plunger, and zipper. The purpose of each device is explained in accessible language, along with background about the inventor, interesting sidebars and history, and an excerpt from the original patent application. The artwork throughout includes photos of original models and patent diagrams created by the inventors themselves, annotated to show exactly how each item works. 
Software Patents
by Gregory A. Stobbs/ Hardcover - 935 pages 2nd edition (July 15, 2000) / Aspen Publishers, Inc.
This outstanding resource describes what a software patent is and what legal protection it provides. Details how the software patent application should be drafted to maximize the likelihood of being granted a patent. Explains who holds software patents and for what inventions and how to protect the software invention in the global marketplace.
 
   
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