The provisional patent application (PPA) is a quick, inexpensive and legal way to claim your invention—and buy yourself time to determine whether it’s worthwhile to pursue a regular patent. Learn how to:
conduct a patent search online
complete all the necessary forms
evaluate potential hurdles
prepare informal drawings
file your application, and
file a new PPA to reflect modifications.
The book also includes important legal forms to help you preserve your rights when showing or selling your invention:
nondisclosure agreement patent assignment prototype-maker agreement joint-ownership agreement
The 7th edition incorporates changes from the “America Invents Act,” as well as recent revisions to patent rules and regulations. Thousands of people have used Patent Pending in 24 Hours successfully. You can, too!
Online or off, before you use some or all of a song, photo, book, or any other work covered by copyright law, you need to get permission first. If you don’t, you could end up facing legal action from the rights-holder.
This easy-to-use book shows you how to get the rights you need, with step-by-step instructions and more than 30 forms. Find out when permission is required, who to ask, and when (and how much) you can expect to pay. Getting Permission explains:
the copyright permission process the public domain (“free” content) how to figure out who owns a copyright website permissions the “fair use” rule school-related permissions license and merchandise agreements (including sample contracts and other forms) and much more.
The 6th edition is updated with summaries of recent copyright and fair use cases, as well as dozens of real-life questions from the Dear Rich permissions blog.
Downloadable forms available at nolo.com
Life has become an endless series of contracts—this is the manual.
There’s no reason to risk your hard-earned money signing a contract you don’t understand. With Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference, you get easy-to-understand explanations for every common contract term. In no time, you’ll grasp mysterious concepts such as “waiver,” “indemnity,” and “most favored nation.”
Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference is more than just an A–Z explanation of over 300 terms. It also includes:
common negotiating strategies examples of contract provisions sample contracts with explanations illegal and dangerous contract clauses to watch out for what to expect if a contract is broken up-to-date explanations of electronic contracts, and tips on amending and modifying agreements.
Whether you’re starting a business, signing a lease, hiring a new employee or independent contractor, licensing a concept, selling a boat, or contracting for a new fireplace, Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference can help. A must-have for small business owners, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and law students—and anyone else whose success is built around understanding and negotiating agreements.
You’ve got a great idea and you’re ready to strike it rich. But finding a company you can trust, hashing out a fair licensing deal, then watching your idea hit the marketplace—well, you’ll need help.
Profit From Your Idea will help you negotiate and draft a licensing agreement that best protects your interests. With this all-in-one guide you’ll understand how to:
navigate the licensing landscape protect your intellectual property rights resolve inventor-employee ownership issues work with licensing agents protect confidential information find potential licensees license overseas reveal your invention safely, and negotiate and update an agreement.
The 9th edition is completely updated with current licensing law and patent rules, and covers the implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.
In a troubled economy, you've discovered that a single source of income just isn't enough. But how do you start and manage your new venture -- and make a profit to boot?
From crafting to home repair to website design and more, if you've ever wanted to turn your hobby into a business and watch your passion generate cash, Running a Side Business is the book for you. Packed with tips, legal resources, start-up success stories and USA TODAY snapshots and infographics, you'll learn the life cycle of a business and get answers to important questions along the way. Find out how to:
. choose a side business that will succeed
. manage a full-time job while running your side business
. protect your personal assets
. keep it legal: how and where to obtain and file permits, licenses, contracts, and trademarks
. manage your home-based business
. market your new business
. file taxes and take deductions
Plus, Running a Side Business offers guidance on selecting the right side business for you, with information about some of the most popular side businesses that have gained popularity in the last decade, including sales through eBay and Amazon, web design, blogging, Google AdSense business models, and podcasting models.
find the right manager buy, insure and maintain equipment get gigs and get paid tour on a budget use samples do covers legally protect your copyright trademark your band’s name choose a recording studio sell your music manage your website understand record contracts deal with taxes
Music Law provides all the legal information and practical advice musicians need. This edition is thoroughly updated with the latest changes in copyright and trademark law. Plus, find expanded information on musical collaborations between DJs and other musicians. You'll also get the most up-to-date legal forms available. Interactive forms are downloadable.
Whether you are in the world of business or creative arts, you need to understand the laws that govern your work. 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 the scope of copyright protection how trademark law works, and what trade-secret law protects.
Here, you'll find plain-English definitions of intellectual property law terms, straightforward explanations of how intellectual property law affects online content, and much more.
The 15th edition is completely updated to provide the latest laws, court decisions, and sample forms.
Do you have a great idea for a product? Do you toil away in an office, garage or basement lab day by day in the hopes of bringing a new widget to life? What will you do when it's alive and kicking?
Here's the primer every first-time inventor needs. Packed with detailed information and concise explanations, Nolo's Patents for Beginners defines what a patent is and what it can do for you. Step by step, it explains how to:
use basic patent principles
document an invention
conduct a patent search
acquire patent rights
"read" an application
determine patent ownership
find patent information
interpret international patent law
Nolo's Patents for Beginners provides sample forms and letters, resources and a glossary of terms. This edition is completely revised to cover all changes in patent case law and updated regulations for inventors applying for a patent.
Crafting for profit is on the rise, and you may find yourself relying more and more on the income generated from your creative enterprise. At the same time, the legal and business side of crafting can be daunting for artists, consuming time and money that could be better invested in creating new products -- and possibly even leaving you open to copyright violation or tax troubles. With the instructions and explanations in The Craft Artist's Legal Guide, you'll learn how to:get a design patent or license your crafts work price and sell works, online and off select the right studio and deal with leases, noise restrictions, and zoning laws find and utilize free ways of promoting your business online hire workers and sales reps choose the right insurance complete and file required business forms
The Craft Artist's Legal Guide will help you focus on your creative works, simplifying procedures and avoiding problems. Each chapter of the book starts with an engaging profile of a working craftsperson, then identifies and discusses the nuts and bolts business and legal issues that you're likely to encounter as an artist. The book also provides helpful legal contracts for the most common crafts business activities, as well as various money-saving online resources that will save you time and money.
The four methods include:Trade secret protection. Want to show your app to others -- investors, beta testers, or contractors -- before it's available to the public? Learn what trade secrets are and how you can protect them.Copyright protection. Protect your whole app as well as its individual parts, such as the underlying code, appearance, and the collection of data within it.Trademark protection. Protect your app's name, slogan, or logo. And learn how to file an application for trademark registration.Permissions. Learn how and when to get permission to reuse material from other sources, like photos, data, video, or audio clips.