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01 Profiting from your inventions 101 (How to file a patent)
the patent process
02 What is an invention?
novelty, patentable subject matter
03 How do patents protect your rights to an invention?
rights, enforcement
04 Why use an Inventor's Logbook
why it is important to keep one
05 How to keep an Inventor's Logbook
guidelines and tips
06 Copyrights, trademarks and patents.
is one better than the other
07 What does a patent look like?
embodiments, claims etc.
08 Which countries should I file my patent in?
usually in more than one country
09 How much time and money to file in?
legal fees, time taken
10 How do I collect royalties off my patents?
11 Search for prior art
resources and databases
12 Your responsibilities
and your attorney's responsibilities
A Case study: a patent (part 1)
a patent dissected
B Case study: a patent (part 2)
a patent dissected
C 10 Simple Inventions
used all over the world!
D Tips for Inventors
pitfalls and hints
E How to Invent
(Anyone can be an inventor!)

how to start inventing
F The patent process
the formal patent process
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Why keep an Inventor's Logbook

Patents are designed to protect your right to exploit your invention for financial gain, provided the law recognizes you as the first person to have created your invention. In many countries of the world, the law recognizes an inventor as the first person who files a patent for a particular invention. So in these countries, claiming the right to your invention is a matter of making a ptent filing as quickly as possible once you have worked out your invention. However, in the United States, the patent system recognizes the legitimate inventor as the person who first invents the invention, not the person who first files the patent for an invention. This is the reason why it is important to keep an inventor's logbook.

You can either buy a special inventors logbook, or use any other way you can think of to securely record the progress of your invention efforts. The purpose of the inventors logbook is simply to be an irrefutable diary of your progress, so that if it comes to a legal conflict, you can produce your logbook and some supporting evidence to substantiate your claim that you were the first to start working on your invention, and the first to "make a working model" of your invention. So this means that you should use a logbook that is tamper-proof, and get someone to witness your entries in your logbook. For example, don't use a legal pad or ring binder for a logbook - it's easy for an adversary to claim that you deliberately added or removed pages from your logbook to bolster your case.

You should start keeping your logbook as soon as you conceive of your invention, even before you start working on it. But remember that patents only recognize workable inventions, not pipe dreams (you can't patent a Star Trek transporter if you can't explain how to construct one). So the real important part of your logbook is the part where you record your progress in trying to make your invention work. In other words, how you "reduce your invention to practice".

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