Eureka! You just came up with a brilliant invention. Now what? Wouldn't it be great if an experienced patent lawyer answered the basic questions that nearly every novice inventor has? Here are just a few: - Do I need to build my invention and see if it's practical? - Should I engage an invention promotion company? - How do I start a business based on my invention? - Would it be better to license my patent rights to a company? - How do I get a patent, how long will it take, and how much will it cost? - How much money can I expect to make if I get a patent? 20 Questions to Ask If You Have a Great Idea or Invention is written in a straightforward style, without legalese. It highlights many real-world examples, from the patented low-tech method for making dippin' dots ice cream to the high-tech patented eHarmony.com romantic matchmaking service. Helpful and entertaining illustrations taken from actual U.S. patents are included throughout the book. Crucial information is provided to ensure that you don't lose the rights to your potentially valuable invention, including time limits for seeking a patent, steps to preserving evidence of your priority, and safeguards for disclosing your invention to third parties. Abraham Lincoln said that the introduction of patent laws was one of the three most important developments in world history, declaring that "the patent system added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius." In other words, people will be motivated to invent if they know they can profit from their effort. Lincoln knew firsthand about patents - he’s the only President ever granted one.