38 Best Books on Inventing

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rom an idea in a dream at night to the design and ultimately to the market. The journey is a challenging but also rewarding process. Your ideas matter. Ancient inventions from wheel to how we compute matter. Creativity is part of the imaginative ability and process of the human mind. These books on the best books on inventing will guide you to what you need to do in all things inventing.

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Best Books on Inventing: THE LIST

1. Elon Musk | By Ashlee Vance

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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs–a real-life Tony Stark–and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new “makers.”
Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Vance uses Musk’s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk–one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history–is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.
Quotes from Elong Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future;
“Musk’s insistences on explaining the early origins of his passion for electric cars, solar energy and rockets can come off as insecure. It feels as if Musk is trying to shape his life story in a forced way.”
“For Musk, the distinction between stumbling into something and having intent is important.”
“Musk would certainly go on to rely on outside investors, but he put major skin in the game as well.”
“What’s fascinating is that Musk remains willing to lose it all.”
“Zip2 may have been a go-go Internet enterprise aimed at the Information Age, but getting it off the ground required old-fashioned door-to-door salesmanship.”
“The PayPal episode was a mixed bag for Musk. His reputation as a leader suffered in the aftermath of the deal and the media turned on him in earnest for the first time.”
“All Musk had to do to dig Tesla out of this conundrum was lose his entire fortune and verge on a nervous breakdown.”

2. Lightning In A Bottle | By David Minter and Michael Reid

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David Minter and Michael Reid know innovation. For more than 25 years, they have contributed to the growth of such companies as Blockbuster, Dole, Viacom, Sony and Einstein Bagels.

Lightning in a Bottle presents Minter and Reid’s simple seven-step system for creating ideas that work-one that improves new-product success rates from the standard one in 10 to one in two or better. Lightning in a Bottle also explains the top 10 reasons ideas fail, plus the dirty secrets of the research world, such as:

–Why focus groups don’t work for new products
–How market segmentation is often a sham
–Why brainstorming in not effective in creating great new products

In the tradition of Execution and Good to Great, Lightning in a Bottle is the new must-have guide for business leaders.

3. Creativity, Inc. | By Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

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Creativity, Inc. is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his co-founding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success—and in the thirteen movies that followed—was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:

• Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.
• If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.
• It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.
• The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.
• A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.

4. Secrets From an Inventor's Notebook | By Maurice Kanbar

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When the fuzz from his sweater was pulled off by a brick wall he was leaning against, Maurice Kanbar had a brainstorm. Soon he had patented, produced, and successfully promoted the D-Fuzz-It sweater comb, and made his first fortune at the age of 22. In this engaging “master class” Kanbar’s real world hits and misses illustrate the concrete steps every inventor must follow to successfully take his product to market.

5. The Wright Brothers | By David McCullough

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On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers—bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio—changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.

Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.

In this “enjoyable, fast-paced tale” (The Economist), master historian David McCullough “shows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly” (The Washington Post) and “captures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished” (The Wall Street Journal). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is “a story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency…about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished…The Wright Brothers soars” (The New York Times Book Review).

6. Sell Your Ideas With or Without a Patent | By Stephen M. Key and Janice Kimball Key

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Think you need a patent? Think again. Many of the products Stephen Key has licensed required no intellectual property protection whatsoever, yet have made millions in royalties. But Key also knows what it takes to protect a big idea. Years ago, after reading about how medication bottles rarely contain enough space for the information that needs to be printed on them, he was inspired to develop an innovative label technology. The Spinformation rotating label has been licensed on products the world over, is protected by 20 U.S. and international patents, and has received more than 13 industry awards. To put it simply: Key knows how to use intellectual property to profit. This book will teach you how to:•Get a licensing contract with or without intellectual property•Write a provisional patent application that stops others from stealing your idea•Find and hire a killer patent attorney (they are not all created equal!)•Save thousands of dollars on legal expenses•File patents that have true value•Negotiate a win-win agreementIt also details Stephen’s experience defending his patents in Federal Court—a David versus Goliath saga he has never before written about at length—as well as provides tips about how to avoid a licensing contract from going bad.

7. The Independent Inventor’s Handbook | By Louis Foreman and Jill Gilbert Welytok

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How do you actually turn a million-dollar idea into a million dollars? From scribble-on-the-napkin to product-on-the market, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook explains everything a potential inventor needs to know and the tools he or she needs to use to take a raw concept and turn it into reality.

Written by Louis J. Foreman, creator of the PBS series Everyday Edisons and a holder of multiple patents, together with patent attorney Jill Gilbert Welytok, here’s a book that speaks directly to the inventive American―the entrepreneur, the tinkerer, the dreamer, the basement scientist, the stay-at-home mom who figures out how to do it better. (over one million of them file patents each year.) Here is everything a future inventor needs: Understanding the difference between a good idea and a marketable idea. Why investing too much money at the outset can sink you. The downside of design patents, and how best to file an application for a utility patent. Surveys, online test runs, and other strategies for market research on a tight budget. Plus the effective pitch (hint: never say your target audience is “everyone”), questions to ask a prospective manufacturer, 14 licensing land mines to avoid, “looks-like” versus “works-like” prototypes, Ten Things Not to Tell a Venture Capitalist, and how to protect your invention once it’s on the market. Appendices include a glossary of legal, manufacturing, and marketing terms, a sample nondisclosure agreement, and a patent application, deconstructed.

8. Online Business From Scratch | By Matthew Paulson

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Learn How to Build Your Own Seven-Figure Internet Business.

Do you want to make money online? Are you tired of being told that it’s easy to make millions off the Internet? Would you like a realistic strategy that actually works for real people? What if you could actually build an online business that offered high profit margins and required no significant up-front investment? Would you be interested?

It is possible to build your own profitable online business, but you can’t do it overnight (despite what you have been told by so-called Internet marketing gurus). The simple truth is that you need to choose a solid niche from day one, be willing to consistently work on your business over the course of several months and follow the path laid before you by people that have actually done it.

This is not just another book by an “Internet marketing guru” that teaches you to “make money online.”

Author Matthew Paulson has been building online businesses for more than a decade and he has built multiple six-figure and seven-figure Internet businesses in many different niches. He’s not just another so-called “business guru” that makes money online by teaching people to make money online. By reading this book you will receive his step-by-step plan that will show you exactly how to build your own profitable Internet business (even if you aren’t very tech savvy).

9. The Inventor’s Complete Handbook

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With 50 years of experience as an inventor and well over 60 U.S. patents, Dr. James L. Cairns shares his vast know-how to help you come up with, develop, and benefit from your ideas.

You’ll learn…

 

  • The entire inventing process
  • The importance of planning for all contingencies before ever investing capital
  • How to protect your creation by filing a patent

All the information about this multi-faceted process, from design patents to international patents, is laid out in an easy-to-follow format rigorously proofed by several lawyers.

10. Mistakes That Worked | By Charlotte Foltz Jones

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The greatest discoveries are made outside the classroom! Learn all about mistakes that changed the world with this collection of the strange stories behind everyday inventions! It’s no accident that you’ll love this book!
 
SANDWICHES came about when an English earl was too busy gambling to eat his meal and needed to keep one hand free. POTATO CHIPS were first cooked by a chef who was furious when a customer complained that his fried potatoes weren’t thin enough. Coca-Cola, Silly Putty, and X rays have fascinating stories behind them too! Their unusual tales, and many more, along with hilarious cartoons and weird, amazing facts, make up this fun-filled book about everyday items that had surprisingly haphazard beginnings.

And don’t miss Eat Your Words about the fascinating language of food! 

“A splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining . . . a gem.” —Booklist, Starred Review

11. Flash of Genius | By John Seabrook

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Flash of Genius And Other True Stories of Invention by John Seabrook, staff writer for The New Yorker, is a collection of true stories about where great ideas come from, and is the basis for the Major Motion Picture starring Greg Kinnear releasing October 2008.

“John Seabrook is one of America’s finest non-fiction writers….Fascinating, entertaining, beautifully written and often poignant…”―Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

Where Do Great Ideas Come From?

In Flash of Genius, John Seabrook explores the moment when inspiration strikes in an otherwise average life, and what happens when that idea moves out into the larger culture and takes on a life―and commercial possibilities―of its own. The title piece in this collection is the David v. Goliath story of Bob Kearns, a professor and inventor who came up with something we all use every chance we get: the intermittent windshield wiper. When Kearns’ patents were infringed, he fought General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, and eventually prevailed in a classic American story of never giving up, never backing down.

Seabrook has been fascinated by stories of invention and entrepreneurship since childhood, when he grew up with an uncle who invented something as ubiquitous as Bob Kearns’ wipers: boil-in-bag vegetables. In Flash of Genius, Seabrook also writes about his family’s invention and about thirteen other iconoclastic visions that turned into the stuff of every day.

12. Invent It, Sell It, Bank It. | By Lori Greiner

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From one of the stars of ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC’s Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner comes a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it a success.

Turn your idea into a reality.
Become your own boss.
Make your first million.
Achieve financial freedom.
Lori Greiner shows you how.

Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! is a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it profitable. Sharing her own secret formula and personal stories along the way, Lori provides vital information and advice on topics that can often intimidate, frustrate, and stump aspiring entrepreneurs.

Offering behind-the-scenes insights into her experiences on ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC-TV’s Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, as well as valuable lessons learned from the mistakes and triumphs of her early career, Lori proves that, with hard work and the right idea, anyone can turn themselves into the next overnight success.

Lori covers such topic as . . .

• Market research: Is your idea a hero or a zero? Don’t be so fixated on the end result that you forget to make something that people actually want to buy. 
• Product design: I have an idea, now what’s next? From concept to prototype to final product: How do I make it and where do I start?
• Funding: Although loans, investments, and crowd-sourcing are great ways to access cash, first tap into your own resources as wisely as possible.
• Manufacturing: Seeing your final product roll off the assembly line is a magical moment, but there are things to watch out for so you get there in a cost-effective way.
• Protecting your idea: To patent or not to patent, and other things you can do to safeguard your idea.
• The secrets to selling successfully: You got the product made, now learn how to get people to buy it!

13. The Industrial Design | By Dan Cuffaro

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The Industrial Design Reference & Specification Book is the first book to gather all the essential pieces of information industrial designers need on a daily basis in one concise handbook. It’s a reference you’ll turn to over and over again to efficiently create designs that work, last, and minimize unnecessary risk.

To make designs that work and endure (and are also legal), designers need to know—or be able to find—an endless number of details. Whether it’s what kind of glue needs to be used on a certain surface, metric equivalents, thread sizes, or how to apply for a patent, these details are essential and must be readily available so designers can create successful products efficiently.

These pages are filled with information that is critical to successful product design, including information on:

  • Measurement conversions
  • Trademark and copyright standards
  • Patents and product-related intellectual property rights/standards
  • Setting up files for prototyping and production runs
  • Manufacturing and packaging options to optimize the design

The Industrial Design Reference & Specification Book is an essential resource for any industrial or product designer.

The Reference & Specification Book series from Rockport Publishers offers students and practicing professionals in a range of creative industries must-have information in their area of specialty in an up-to-date, concise handbook.

14. One Simple Idea | By Stephen Key

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With must-have updates, a new edition of the bestselling method that shows how anyone can turn their one simple idea into millions – without lifting a finger!

Stephen Key is an award-winning inventor who has licensed more than 20 product ideas. In 2011, he shared the secrets to his success in the bestselling book One Simple Idea. Since that time, many changes have occurred in the entrepreneurial world.

One Simple Idea, Revised and Expanded Edition has been revised and updated to reflect current trends and practices in the industry. In addition to teaching readers how to turn their ideas into marketable products that companies will want to license, Key expands upon his cutting-edge product development, sales, and negotiation strategies, making note of the new opportunities and technologies available to creative people today. The book also features real-life success stories from people who have used the author’s strategies.

15. Patents Simplified | By Fatih Ozluturk, Brian Kimmelblatt, and Anand Patel

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Intellectual property is one of the most valuable assets of an innovative company. By their nature as legal documents, patents can be complicated; and, patenting process can be confusing. Especially entrepreneurs, small companies, and individual inventors are at a disadvantage because of the specialization and resources needed. This book covers the most important topics related to patents and patent applications, gives you a step-by-step roadmap of patent prosecution, and also explains the international patent applications as well as the recent changes that the America Invents Act brought.

16.The Kickstarter Handbook | By Don Steinberg

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So you want to produce a short film. Or design a new line of jewelry. Or manufacture a revolutionary solar-powered garden sprinkler. There’s just one catch: You need $100,000 to bankroll your dream, and your checking account has barely enough to cover the rent.
 
Enter Kickstarter.com—the phenomenal “crowdfunding” website launched in 2009 that brings venture capital to the masses. At Kickstarter, it’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to raise $50,000, $100,000, $250,000, or more. All you need is a great idea—and The Kickstarter Handbook.
 
Business journliast Don Steinberg has interviewed dozens of artists and inventors who launched their passion projects online. Through their voices, you’ll explore all the strategies of a successful Kickstarter campaign. You’ll learn the elements of a compelling Kickstarter video, innovative ways to market your projects, tips for getting donors onboard, and the secrets of irresistible Kickstarter “rewards.” You’ll also discover what to do in a best-case scenario—when your project goes viral and the cash starts flowing in. On Kickstarter, it happens to a few lucky visionaries every week. Here’s how to be one of them.

17. Guide for Preparation of Patent Drawings | By USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Protect your invention. This edition of the Guide for the Preparation of Patent Drawings replaces the edition published in October 1993. Eighteen-month (pre-grant) publication of utility and plant applications has led to major changes in the way utility and plant drawings are processed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). See the section titled PROCESSING OF DRAWINGS, beginning on Page 3. The section titled SELECTED U.S. RULES OF PRACTICE RELATING TO PATENT DRAWINGS, beginning on Page 7, shows Title 35, United States Code, Section 113 and the drawing rules from Title 37, Code of Federal Regulations. In some instances the rule is followed by additional information under the heading COMMENTS. With respect to the review of drawings in the U.S. national stage of international applications, Appendix 1 shows Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) 1893.03(f) (Drawings and PCT Rule 11). With respect to Patent Cooperation Treaty drawing rules, Appendix 2 shows PCT Article 7 (The Drawings), PCT Rule 7 (The Drawings), and relevant portions of PCT Rule 11 (Physical Requirements of the International Application). Conventional symbols are discussed and shown in Appendix 3. Appendix 4 presents examples of drawings, each of which serves to illustrate one or more of the drawing standards set forth in 37 CFR 1.84. Appendix 5 shows Form PTO-948 (NOTICE OF DRAFTSPERSON’S PATENT DRAWING REVIEW) as revised in April 2002. PROCESSING OF DRAWINGS Review of Drawings by Office of Initial Patent Examination Utility drawings and plant drawings should be publication-ready at the time the application is filed. In utility and plant applications filed on or after November 29, 2000 (other than continued prosecution applications), the Office of Initial Patent Examination (OIPE) will review the drawings at the time of filing to make sure they are of sufficient quality for publication. (Since design applications are not subject to eighteen-month publication, drawings filed in design applications are not reviewed by OIPE.) The procedure for review of drawings in the Office of Initial Patent Examination is described in Section 507 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), Eighth Edition (August 2001). The Office will enter the publication-ready drawings, and any replacement drawings that applicant files pursuant to MPEP 507, into an electronic database. When the time for eighteen-month publication comes, the drawings in their electronic form will be used in the creation of the patent application (pre-grant) publication. After the application has been allowed, the issue fee has been paid, and any new drawing requirements (including any corrections) have been satisfied, the physical drawing sheets will be captured and used in the creation of the patent (grant) publication. Review by Office Draftsperson There is no requirement that drawings be reviewed by an Office draftsperson. Drawings will be reviewed by an Office draftsperson only if the examiner seeks the draftsperson’s assistance in identifying errors in the drawings. If an Office draftsperson reviews the drawings and finds that they are unacceptable, the draftsperson should complete a NOTICE OF DRAFTPERSON’S PATENT DRAWING REVIEW (Form PTO-948) and provide it to the examiner. On Examiner’s First (Non-Allowance) Action The examiner will make sure the drawings are correctly described in the specification’s brief description of the drawings and in the specification’s detailed description of the invention. See 37 CFR 1.74 on Page 9 of this drawing guide. If a NOTICE OF DRAFTSPERSON’S PATENT DRAWING REVIEW is present in the patent application’s file, the notice should be mailed with the examiner’s first written communication to the applicant. If the examiner sees any additional deficiencies in the drawings, he or she should note those deficiencies in an Office action.

18. Patent, Copyright & Trademark | By Richard Stim Attorney

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A plain-English guide to intellectual property law.

Whether you are in the world of business or creative arts, understanding the laws that govern your work is critical to success. But given the convoluted terminology that surrounds patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights, this isn’t easy. Enter Patent, Copyright & Trademark, which explains:

  • what legal rights apply to your creations, products, or inventions
  • different types of patents for inventions from machines to plant clones
  • the scope of copyright protection
  • how trademark law works, and
  • what trade-secret law protects.

Here, you’ll find readily understandable definitions of intellectual property law terms, straightforward explanations of how intellectual property law affects online content, and much more.

The 16th edition is completely updated to provide the latest laws, court decisions, and sample application and other forms.

19. Why Has America Stopped Inventing | By Darin Gibby

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America loves innovation and the can-do spirit that made this country what it is—a world leader in self-government, industry, technology, and pop culture.  Everything about America has been an experiment and a leap of faith.  And one such experiment—upon which all others depend for success—is the U.S. Patent System.

Why Has America Stopped Inventing? takes a close look at why this experiment appears to be failing, and why America has all but stopped inventing.

Our belief that we are the most innovative people on earth is mistaken.

Statistics show that today we invent less than half of what our counterparts did a century and a half ago.  Look around: Where are the groundbreaking inventions comparable to those from the Industrial Revolution?  It’s unforgivable that we’ve been using the same mode of transportation for over a century.  Why are we giving trillions of dollars every year to hostile foreign nations for imported oil when we have the inventive talent in America to solve the nation’s energy crisis?

We don’t have these desperately needed technologies because regular Americans have given up on inventing.  Why Has America Stopped Inventing? compares some of America’s most successful 19th century inventors with those of today, showing Jefferson refusing to waste any more weekends examining patent applications, Whitney being robbed of his fortune while the South’s wealth exploded, the patent models that kept British soldiers from burning Washington’s last-standing federal building, the formation of Lincoln’s cabinet, and Selden crippling the entire U.S. Auto Industry.  It also tells the largely unforgotten stories of the Wright brother’s airplane monopoly, the Colt revolver’s role in the Mexican American War, the Sewing Machine wars, the last six months of Daniel Webster’s life, and the controversy surrounding the first telephone patents.

20. Prototype to Product | By Alan Cohen

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Product development is the magic that turns circuitry, software, and materials into a product, but moving efficiently from concept to manufactured product is a complex process with many potential pitfalls. This practical guide pulls back the curtain to reveal what happens—or should happen—when you take a product from prototype to production.

For makers looking to go pro or product development team members keen to understand the process, author Alan Cohen tracks the development of an intelligent electronic device to explain the strategies and tactics necessary to transform an abstract idea into a successful product that people want to use.

  • Learn 11 deadly sins that kill product development projects
  • Get an overview of how electronic products are manufactured
  • Determine whether your idea has a good chance of being profitable
  • Narrow down the product’s functionality and associated costs
  • Generate requirements that describe the final product’s details
  • Select your processor, operating system, and power sources
  • Learn how to comply with safety regulations and standards
  • Dive into development—from rapid prototyping to manufacturing

Alan Cohen, a veteran systems and software engineering manager and lifelong technophile, specializes in leading the development of medical devices and other high-reliability products. His passion is to work with engineers and other stakeholders to forge innovative technologies into successful products.

21. Nolo’s Patents for Beginners | By David Pressman Attorney and Richard Stim Attorney

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This bestselling primer is packed with everything inventors need to know about patent law basics, including the latest implications of the America Invents Act, the most important change to American patent law in two centuries.

Nolo’s Patents for Beginners helps inventors:

  • “read and write” patents
  • understand how and why to make a patent search
  • determine patent ownership
  • acquire patent rights
  • understand the basics of patent infringement
  • get international patent protection, and
  • decide whether to file a provisional patent.

You’ll also find patent and invention resources and a glossary of patent terms. The 9th edition is completely updated to cover all the latest changes in patent law and regulations, including the new “first to file” rules.

22. Patent It Yourself | By David Pressman Attorney and David E. Blau Attorney

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Protect and profit from your invention

For 35 years, Patent It Yourself has guided hundreds of thousands of inventors through the process of getting a patent, from start to finish. Patent attorneys David Pressman and David E. Blau provide the latest information, forms, and clear instructions to help you:

  • conduct a patent search the right way
  • evaluate your idea’s commercial potential
  • file a provisional patent application to get “patent pending” status
  • prepare a patent application
  • focus on your patent application’s claims
  • respond to patent examiners
  • get your drawings done right
  • protect your rights in foreign countries
  • deal with infringers, and
  • market and license your invention.

The 20th edition covers the latest patent filing rule changes, including the most recent implications of the America Invents Act first-to-file rules.

23. Inventor’s Notebook | By Sara Katsa

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This floral notebook features .
Our 110-page premium design Inventor’s notebook is perfect for high school and college students, professionals and writers. Featuring a classic, colorful floral vintage cover design.

✓ Pages: 110 Pages
✓ Size: 8.5″ x 11″
✓ Cornell Note-Taking System Pages
✓ Sturdy Matte Cover
✓ Index
✓ Paperback
✓ Consecutively numbered
✓ Signature space for inventor and witnesses

24. Inventing on a Shoestring Budget | By Barbara Russell Pitts and Mary Russell Sarao

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Written by inventors for inventors, this guide outlines the steps involved with moving a product from the idea phase to market on an extremely limited budget. Filled with advice on how to save money during every phase of the inventive process and how to avoid falling into the traps set to ensnare unwary inventors, this handbook defines the steps involved in developing, protecting, and marketing ideas while maximizing the chances of getting products to market. Tips include how to find out if your idea has already been done; how to obtain free (or nearly free) help; how to pace expenditures; when to spend money and when to hold back; how to know who may or may not be trusted; and where to find sources of funding to enable the pursuit of the invention.

25. Inventing a Better Mousetrap | By Alan Rothschild and Ann Rothschild

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Learn about the role that patent models played in American history–and even learn to build your own replica!

Patent models, working models required for US patent filings from 1790 to 1880, offer insight into–and inspiration from–a period of intense technological advancement, the Industrial Revolution. The Rothschild Patent Model Collection consists of thousands of patent models, many from the 19th century. This book features the most outstanding of these patent models, and offers deep insight into the cultural, economic, and political history of the United States.

This book not only catalogs hundreds of the most compelling models from the collection, but shows you how to build your own replicas of several selected models using Lego, 3D printing, and other materials and techniques.

26. Practical Electronics For Inventors | By Paul Scherz and Simon Monk

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A Fully Updated, No Nonsense Guide to Electronics.

Advance your electronics knowledge and gain the skills necessary to develop and construct your own functioning gadgets. Written by a pair of experienced engineers and dedicated hobbyists, Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition, lays out the essentials and provides step by step instructions, schematics, and illustrations. Discover how to select the right components, design and build circuits, use microcontrollers and ICs, work with the latest software tools, and test and tweak your creations. This easy to follow book features new instruction on programmable logic, semiconductors, operational amplifiers, voltage regulators, power supplies, digital electronics, and more.

Practical Electronics for Inventors, Fourth Edition, covers:

  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers
  • Diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits
  • Optoelectronics, solar cells, and phototransistors
  • Sensors, GPS modules, and touch screens
  • Op amps, regulators, and power supplies
  • Digital electronics, LCD displays, and logic gates
  • Microcontrollers and prototyping platforms
  • Combinational and sequential programmable logic
  • DC motors, RC servos, and stepper motors
  • Microphones, audio amps, and speakers
  • Modular electronics and prototypes

27. Inventions: A Visual Encyclopedia | By DK

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Discover the amazing inventions throughout history that have shaped the world as we know it.

This stunning visual guide explores and explains the greatest inventions, ideas, and discoveries throughout the ages, and introduces their inventors. From fire, stone tools, and the wheel to ploughs and paper, discover the first inventions that shaped societies and grew mighty civilizations and empires such as those in ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and ancient China.

In the centuries that followed, “Eureka” moments abounded, with James Watt’s steam engine during the Industrial Revolution, Henry Ford’s car assembly line at the start of the 20th century, the Wright brothers’ flying machines, Thomas Edison’s light bulb, John Logie Baird’s television, and so much more.

Read about era-defining moments during the Digital Revolution, such as the first website developed by Tim Berners-Lee, and the growth in the use of robotics in industry and at home.

Inventions: A Visual Encyclopedia reveals the stories behind the crucial and quirky contraptions – products of the world’s most brilliant minds.

28. Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks for Dummies | By Henri J. A. Charmassson

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Useful tips and step-by-step guidance from filing to issue to license.

Acquire and protect your share of this major business asset.

Want to secure and exploit the intellectual property rights due you or your company? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how ― helping you to evaluate your idea’s commercial potential, conduct patent and trademark searches, document the invention process, license your IP rights, and comply with international laws. Plus, you get detailed examples of each patent application type!

Discover how to:

  • Avoid application blunders
  • Register trademarks and copyrights
  • Meet patent requirements
  • Navigate complex legal issues
  • Protect your rights abroad
  • The entire body of U.S. patent laws
  • Example office actions and amendments
  • Sample forms
  • Trademark registration certificates
  • Application worksheets

29. Patent Law | By Janice M. Mueller

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Succinct and timely, the fifth edition of PATENT LAW continues to demystify its subject as it explores and explains important cases, judicial authorities, statutes, and policy. Approachably written for law students, attorneys, inventors, and laypersons alike, this text stands on its own or may be used alongside any patent or IP casebook to support more in-depth study of patent law.

Updated throughout, the Fifth Edition offers:

  • Up-to-the-minute explanations deciphering the complex first-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act, the most significant change to U.S. patent law in 60 years
  • Further AIA updates throughout the text, emphasizing the newly-implemented inter partes review and post-grant review proceedings
  • Cogent analyses of recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions that have fundamentally impacted patent law, including:
    • Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank
    • Teva v. Sandoz
    • Nautilus v. Biosig
    • Octane Fitness v. Icon Health
    • Apple v. Samsung
    • In re Cuozzo

Features:

  • Effective, lucid, and complete, Janice M. Mueller’s PATENT LAW features:
  • Thorough coverage and clear writing that clarifies principal legal doctrines, key judicial authorities, governing statutes, and policy considerations for obtaining, enforcing, and challenging a U.S. patent
  • In-depth treatment and comparison of pre- and post-America Invents Act regimes for novelty and prior art with numerous hypotheticals
  • Timely statistics on patent trends
  • Succinct analysis of multi-national patent protection regimes
  • Helpful visual aids, such as figures, tables, and timelines
  • A sample patent and breakdown of a prosecution history
  • Boldfaced key terms and a convenient Glossary

30. A History of Mechanical Inventions | By Abbott Payson Usher

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“The book is without peer in its field.” — American Scientist
In this completely revised and enlarged edition of a classic work in the history of technology, a noted scholar explores the importance of technological innovation in the cultural and economic history of the West.
Following an introductory discussion of the place of technology in economic history, the author offers a penetrating historical analysis of social change. Within this context he develops a theory of invention based on Gestalt psychology and a concept of social evolution as continuous development from antiquity to the present. Emphasis is placed on the role of economic forces in the development of technology, with scientific concepts also playing an important role in bringing about change.
The latter part of the book focuses on the production and control of power in general, and in particular on a number of important operative mechanisms. Thus we read thought-provoking accounts of the technology of textile manufacture from primitive times, of water wheels and windmills, water clocks, and mechanical clocks, and the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The development of printing is carefully studied, not only for its intrinsic interest, but because of its importance for the history of science. Other topics include the production and application of power (1500–1830), machine tools and quantity production, the production and distribution of power since 1832, and the role of Asia Minor as a source of techniques which dominated the Middle Ages and the modern period as well.
Thoroughly researched and cogently reasoned, A History of Mechanical Inventions belongs in the library of anyone interested in the history of science and invention, as well as the relationship of technology to economic and social history.
“Throughout the book there is constant proof of the author’s wide learning and varied intellectual interests.” — The New York Times

31. 100 Inventions That Made History | By DK

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Incredible inventions and inspiring innovations have transformed the world today, so you can’t imagine life without them!

This tour through time tracks the brilliant breakthroughs of great geniuses starting with ancient times and ending in the modern era.

 Packed full of awesome ideas, from airplanes, batteries, and chocolate, to video games, wheels, and X-rays, you’ll hear the inside story on the brainwaves behind them all. You’ll meet the masters of invention who dreamed up the greatest gadgets and gizmos ever. From the everyday essentials we take for granted to fabulous firsts like the car and the television, this roll call of history’s most groundbreaking inventions is guaranteed to educate, engage, and entertain the whole family.

Part of DK’s best-selling top 100 in History series, 100 Inventions That Made History presents an in-depth exploration of each important invention in unprecedented detail with eye-catching visuals and informative text, while stunning galleries reveal a selection of mind-blowing inventions on a shared theme. Also included are the disastrous prototypes that never got off the ground and the futuristic fantasies that may soon be up and running.

Open your eyes to a world of wonder… and who knows, you might become the trailblazer of tomorrow!

32. Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla

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During the early twentieth century, the eccentric and brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla blazed the path that electrical development followed for many years to come. This fascinating illustrated record of Tesla’s pioneering work gathers many of his most famous findings and theories, allowing contemporary readers to experience the amazing range of his thinking. It includes lectures, articles, and discussions—particularly those bearing on polyphase motors and the effects obtained with currents of high potential and high frequency—and gives us a rare glimpse of a genius at work.

33. Have Fun Inventing | By Steven M. Johnson

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In 1974, Steven M. Johnson worked as an urban planner in the San Francisco Bay Area while maintaining a sideline career as a cartoonist. That year, as he turned 36 he discovered by accident a latent interest and desire to create inventions. He had been assigned by the editor of Sierra magazine to imagine and satirize future recreation vehicles. Asked for 16 illustrations, he came up with 109! Since then, he has been creating whimsical products, inventions and predictions for magazines and online, as well as in two books published that were in the 1980s and early ’90s. Have Fun Inventing describes the lessons he has learned in the past 40 years as a self-styled Whimsicalist and Possibilitist. He offers a clear description of his manner of thinking as he searches for invention ideas, and details the steps taken to come up with unique combinations and permutations of objects in almost any subject area. The book includes hundreds of his captioned illustrations, many published for the first time. For persons of any age who are curious about how an inventor thinks, this is the perfect book.

34. Invent, Innovate & Prosper | By Michael G. Colburn

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You don’t need to be lucky, or a genius, to create a successful invention. You just need a clear process to spark ideas and bring them to market.
Michael Colburn is an inventor. He wasn’t always, but he made himself into one and realized a powerful truth: inventing is a skill anyone can master. Over the last four decades, he has created inventions and built businesses and partnerships worth millions of dollars based on his inventions.Michael’s success was not an accident. With every invention, he followed a clear process for finding an idea, researching, testing, and bringing it to market. Along the way, Michael studied history’s great creators and realized their processes were not very different from his. Artists, writers, inventors, entrepreneurs-they all follow a similar method for bringing ideas to life. We just so rarely get to see it. Invent, Innovate, and Prosper is a practical handbook for inventing based on Michael’s decades of work as a successful inventor. He shares his step-by-step system for launching profitable inventions, along with the surprising real-life lessons that helped him thrive. You’ll learn how to: * Adopt a detective’s mindset to find invention ideas in everyday life* Research your idea’s viability and troubleshoot glitches* Design, engineer, and build prototypes with minimal financial investment* Prepare and test your products for the marketMichael also profiles some of the world’s most prolific inventors, from Alexander Graham Bell to Lori Greiner, and offers legal templates to help you navigate red tape. Whether you’re already a maker or are just starting to brainstorm new products, you’ll discover how to turn the kernel of an idea into a lucrative invention.

35. Inventing Small Products | By Stanley I. Mason

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In addition to outlining how to become a professional inventor, Stanley demonstrates, through the use of examples, how to focus on two keys to the process– inventing things that change, and improve existing products and inventing entirely new products.

36. Making It | By Stephanie Malia Krauss

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Discover how to help young people “make it” in a rapidly changing world.

Author Stephanie Malia Krauss gets it. Every day she works with leaders across the country as they upgrade learning experiences to better equip young people for a changing world. A mother, former teacher and school leader, Stephanie knows firsthand how hard it is to balance school and program requirements with young people’s needs. In Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World, she lays out what adults can do to get young people ready for the future. What you learn may surprise you.

With so much changing so fast―accelerated by the impacts of COVID-19―the most in-demand jobs and skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest become adults. For kids to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire four critical “currencies” that will serve them well, whatever their future holds: credentials, competencies, connections, and cash. This book focuses on how to prioritize these four key outcomes whenever and wherever learning happens. The author shares research and experience to help you understand and apply a human-centered and future-focused lens directly to your classroom, school, program, or at home.

  • Learn about how the world and workforce is changing, and what that means for the education and preparation young people need
  • Understand how these changes are impacting young people, reshaping their childhoods and transitions into adulthood
  • Glean practical information and ideas you can use to help young people―at every age and stage―to gain readiness “currencies” in the form of credentials, competencies, connections, and cash
  • Challenge your beliefs about what knowledge, experiences and resources are most important for kids to have, and what a college- and career-ready education really requires
  • Discover community-wide strategies that prioritize equity, learning and readiness for the future

This book will benefit teachers, counselors, youth workers, parents, school board members, and state education leaders alike. Whether you work in K-12, youth development, or you just want to know how to best support the kids in your life, you will find a timely and useful resource putting young people first and modernizing their learning experiences for the better.

37. Secrets of Successful Inventing | By Edith G. Tolchin

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Ms. Tolchin has created an all-in-one guide that addresses the critical issues that beginning inventors might fail to even consider. From terminology to patenting, from licensing to marketing, each expert offers clear and practical advice to help inventors reach their goals. Every chapter presents the information in a sequence that will allow the beginning inventor to navigate the waters of product development. By following the steps offered and heeding the advice of these seasoned professionals, the reader will stand a better chance of avoiding pitfalls and finding success at journey’s end. Normally, novice inventors spend thousands of dollars attending lectures and workshops that they hope will prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. In Secrets of Successful Inventing, Edith Tolchin provides a straightforward guide to the basics as well as a useful resource to take your idea to the next step.

38. The Inventor’s Bible | By Ronald Louis Docie Sr.

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The definitive guide for inventors, newly updated with the latest patenting laws, information on crowdfunding, and online resources.

The path to success is clearer than it’s ever been! Thanks to experienced inventor Ronald Docie, the process of commercializing your invention and receiving royalties is no longer complicated. The Inventor’s Bible is an in-depth how-to manual for both beginners and skilled entrepreneurs alike that helps you develop a realistic, workable plan, research your market, target potential business partners, and strike a good deal for your inventions. It tackles vital concerns, such as: What is my invention worth? What steps should I take first? Is free government help available? Who can I trust, and how can I keep from getting ripped off? Revised to reflect recent changes and innovations, this fourth edition includes: 

• Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing
• Open Innovation
• Free Patenting Help
• New U.S. Patent Laws
• America Invents Act
• Online Help for Inventors

Features the PATENT AND NEW PRODUCT MARKETING WORKBOOK that takes you step-by-step through:
• Patenting
• Selecting Manufacturers
• Finding the Best Markets
• Developing a Strategy
• Presenting Your Invention to Companies
• Negotiating the Best Deal

With The Inventor’s Bible, your dream can become the world’s next great invention.

Final Thoughts on the Best Books on Inventing

Getting your idea to the marketplace doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right information and guidance from the experts ideas that turn into creation that may end up being revolutionary is part of the human mind. These books on the best books on inventing will help you.

Happy reading!

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ustainability isn't just a big word that everybody likes to use. It's about making sure you're doing things right in a sustainable way. Starting from a pure eco-systems concept in the 1970s and in the World Conservation Strategy, it transformed...

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How Sustainable is Renewable?

How Sustainable is Renewable?

t's a good question as to whether renewable energy is sustainable. In fact, many people don't realize that many of our modern conveniences, like the computer and phone you're reading this on, are powered by fossil fuels. These are often not even...

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What is the Cleanest Form of Energy?

What is the Cleanest Form of Energy?

he sources of clean energy are considered to be green power (solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal). While green power is still viewed as clean and renewable, it is not considered to be “pure” in its source – which can pose problems if it is...

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How Can Energy be Sustainable?

How Can Energy be Sustainable?

There are so many ways to be energy efficient, but one of the most important ways is to use renewable energy. Renewable energy is the power that comes from natural resources, like water, wind, and solar. It's a more sustainable way to generate...

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What is Meant by Sustainable Energy?

What is Meant by Sustainable Energy?

ustainable energy is a growing area of study as we try to understand how to best use our planet's natural resources. This includes energy sources that do not harm our environment and that are still available. Renewable energy is one of the best...

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How Do You Manage Daily Tasks?

How Do You Manage Daily Tasks?

asks are a necessary part of our lives, but they can be difficult to manage. If you’re trying to get things done in an efficient and effective way, here are eleven tips to help you manage your tasks better. Best Books on Task Management Find a...

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Why is Task Management Important?

Why is Task Management Important?

here are so many demands on our time, and managing them all can be difficult. But task management is a crucial part of any successful business. Without a good task management system, it can be hard to stay organized and ensure that your work is...

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How Can You Improve Productivity?

How Can You Improve Productivity?

ask management is really just the ability to identify, organize, and complete tasks, in whatever form they may take. This can include planning and strategizing, tracking and checking tasks, prioritizing and delegating tasks. Beyond the tasks...

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What is Total Float?

What is Total Float?

he total float is the amount of work that can be delayed without delaying the project completion date. If the total float extends too far into the future, the project completion date is pushed out beyond the time when the project must be...

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