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Ronald Louis Docie Sr.
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Feb. 15 2004 Inventor's Bible: How to Market & License Your Brilliant Ideas
You've just invented a new technology, a must-have product. So what now? Patent it? Manufacture it? Sell it? If you're like most would-be Edisons, chances are your stroke of genius will collect dust waiting for you to plot your next move. Fear not, intrepid creator—inventor and author Ronald Louis Docie Sr. shares more than 20 years of valuable insight in this revised and expanded edition of THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE, which now includes a workbook to help you take your ideas from concept to profit. With everything you need to know about marketing, licensing, and selling your invention, this comprehensive handbook will also help you figure out what your invention is worth, which companies might want your ideas, and what steps to take first. You dreamt it, you created it, and it actually works—let THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE pave the way to your first million. Revised and expanded guidebook to protecting, patenting, marketing, and selling inventions. New 64-page pullout workbook walks inventors through each step of the process. Explains how to save thousands of dollars in patent costs.

 

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“The book offers an easy-to-understand process for licensing an invention and covers all the necessary steps, from patenting to negotiating a licensing agreement.”—Entrepreneur“Inventor Ronald Docie uses real case studies to tell everything you need to know to market, license, and sell inventions.”—Fort Worth Star–Telegram“[Docie] has written the book on being inventive.”—Country Living Magazine

“This is the definitive book on product licensing for the independent inventor!” —Ed Zimmer, The Entrepreneur Network

“This remarkable and useful book is also a pleasure to read. Inventors who read THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE and follow its step-by-step instructions can now more easily reap the rewards of their own ingenuity. A must for inventors.”—Hugh Downs, Network news anchor

“[A] primer for beginners and a detailed overview for experienced inventors. [The] book makes it easy to research the market, develop a strategy, and take ideas from concept to profit in record time.”—New Equipment Digest

“Solid, personal and authentic.”—Miami Herald

“Glean advice from the experts and save valuable time and money by accessing the information, tips, and resources listed in this comprehensive inventor's guide.”—HOMEBusiness Journal“Docie presents a refreshingly frank approach to invention development, protection, and marketing. His advice on 'tiered risk' alone may save inventors—both neophytes and seasoned—thousands of dollars as well as invaluable time. His book is a must for the desk of every serious inventor.”—Jack Lander, President, United Inventors Association and VP, Yankee Invention Exposition and Yankee Entrepreneur Workshops

“I can recommend THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE without reservation as a most valuable resource for the independent inventor who is looking to develop and bring an invention to market. . . . clearly reflects in-depth and long-time experience in the field of invention development and marketing. It is well written, very readable, and quite thorough in describing what needs to be done by the independent inventor . . . to successfully get an invention into the marketplace. The 'how-to' aspects of THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE are extraordinarily detailed.”—George Lewett, former Director of Technology Evaluation and Assessment, U.S. Department of Commerce“Rarely does a book come along that provides an accurate and thorough explanation of the invention process. The real life stories and quotes not only provide for interesting reading, but also adequately warn inventors of potential pitfalls commonly encountered. I unconditionally recommend to all inventors and businesses.”—Michael S. Neustel, Patent Attorney and Director, National Inventor Fraud Center

“Ron has outdone himself! In my opinion THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE can be considered the good book for inventors. What you have here is an excellent guide with rock-solid information that will definitely steer inventors on the right course. But it's also intertwined with Ron's personal experiences, which will help inventors be more realistic. Whether you're thinking of inventing or are already a professional in the inventing field, Ron's book is easy to read and he covers a lot of territory very well. Chock full of information, tips, words of wisdom, and resources, will teach, prod, and motivate readers.”—Stephen Paul Gnass, President/Executive Director, National Congress of Inventor Organizations and Founder, Invention Convention® trade show and inventionconvention.com

“THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE takes readers from Genesis through Revelation in the convoluted world of inventing. This is the book that every inventor needs to read. Ron's been there and done that, and now he shares his expertise. Before spending a dime on patents or services, get this book.”—Ed Sobey, Ph.D., President, Northwest Invention Center

“I've been an inventor for over 30 years and I believe this book could have saved me much time and heartbreak had I read it when I was beginning my invention career. Please read it and take notes! It is a God send!”—Stanley I. Mason, Inventor of granola bars and disposable diapers, and holder of 55 patents

“THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE is an excellent collection of practical information useful to all inventors, based on the author's personal, extensive experience. The text is not presented from a legal viewpoint but rather follows essentially a business and financial path, which an inventor who hopes to be financially successful should consider.”—Don Banner, former Commissioner of the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office

“Inventors should add THE INVENTOR'S BIBLE to their bookshelves immediately, but be certain to keep it within easy reach. This book is a powerful compilation of useful advice from one who's already been down the rocky road to invention commercialization. Ron Docie has a lot of experience to share, and he does so in an organized fashion.”—Don Kelly, CEO Academy of Applied Science, Inc.

“A must-read book for every independent inventor. His book helps bridge the gap between creativity and marketability, addressing such vital questions as commercialization, market and industry research, and assembling the type of help that can make an invention a profitable reality.”—Invention-protection.com


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RONALD LOUIS DOCIE SR. sold his first invention more than 20 years ago—a safety mirror for vehicles that sells over a million units per year in stores like Kmart, Pep Boys, and Wal-Mart. Docie is a past president of the Ohio Inventors Association and the founder and president of Docie Marketing, a company providing invention commercialization services to inventors and entrepreneurs. He lives in Athens, Ohio.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Inventors - highly recommend March 10 2004
By Leo
Format:Paperback
I found this book very helpful. I am an engineer currently working on bringing my alternative energy invention to market. Not only I found a bunch of good advice in this book but this book made me feel that even though marketing my invention will be a lot of work, it can be done. I've read several similar books ("Idiot's guide.." and "Patents to Profit") but I think what set this one apart for me were the case studies. Reading what some of the other inventors went thru, their rises and their falls, makes you feel like you are already part of that group. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book April 4 2003
Format:Paperback
I like this book because there are orginal methods I haven't seen in any other book. You can buy the book and see what to do if someone rips off your product (You make money addressing the issue). Or you can spend thousands in legal fees! This one method is worth many times the cost of the book in my opinion.
Michael Waller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded With Information - Easy To Digest Aug. 5 2002
Format:Paperback
The thing I like most about "The Inventor's Bible" is the fact that it flows. There is a background story that runs through the book as we follow the real-life history of ideas as they naturally evolve.
Many books for inventors are oriented towards the novelty/toy markets. I have found my own experience of licensing manufacturers quite different (actually easier) than most of the toy inventors' books describe. Docie's first invention was one born out of near mishap and had true safety value. He considered his first patent weak due to an overcrowded field of competitors, which makes it an even better illustration of how to proceed with an invention. But he knew it was a good idea from the start, because it was conceived from a real-life situation. His battle was differentiating his design from the many similar products already on the market. I believe that this is the #1 issue with most new inventions - closing in on 7 million patents, it's a very crowded field. Nevertheless, for an inventor that's part of the game.
My feeling is that if you have something that you KNOW has value, and you've done a thorough patent search and have a good understanding of the prior art, you should be able to justify the expense of a patent application. Then you can approach your potential manufacturers from a position of confidence. All this dancing around with non-disclosure agreements, trying to decide whether your idea is worth anything or not, seems to be putting the cart before the horse.
It might take a little patient educating on your part, but if you have something useful, someone will eventually recognize the fact and be anxious to work with you. Select and research the companies you'd like to work with, then carefully court them. Be persistent without being a nuisance.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Bill Bazik Feb. 1 2000
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Book review by Bill Bazik, Inventors Connection of Greater Cleveland
If you have developed your invention to the stage where it is "proven to be functional and is sound from an engineering standpoint", how do you license a company to manufacture and market it? This book may provide you with the information needed for you to license your invention.
The author points out that while every case is unique, generally speaking, licensing an invention is an easier route to go than outright sale or attempting to manufacture your product yourself.
He explains how your "know how" may be an important ingredient in your licensing deal. In fact, you may make more money from consulting fees than from the patent itself.
Docie stresses the importance of using common sense and that communicating effectively is vital to your success. He points out there is a vast amount of information out there that can be had -- and often at very low cost.
Emphasis is placed on the value of locating the key people in the industry that would use your invention and of finding "champions" within the companies who will support your efforts to license your invention. Each industry has its own system of distribution. You can and must determine how your invention fits into the scheme of distribution. Understanding how distributors, buyers and manufacturer agents function in your invention's industry is critical to your progress. Also, understanding how the needs of catalog or mail-order markets differ from retail channels can be a key bit of knowledge.
Attending trade shows can yield important information as to who the key decision makers are at various companies. Docie gives tips as to how attending these trade shows can be done on a surprisingly low budget.
Once your have determined possible licensees, which are the ones to contact? He gives an 8-point check list for selecting potential licensees and a list of 7 cautions to guide you in your first conversations with the key decision makers. This is followed by a list of 26 questions regarding market information (such as how a company has worked with outside inventors), what their manufacturing capabilities are and company background questions. He cautions you must clearly explain your invention but at the same time not give away any trade secrets or confidential information.
The subject of confidentiality agreements is discussed from various standpoints including the author's view after over 20 years' of experience. A disclosure agreement form that has served him well is reproduced.
The book suggests ways to realistically calculate manufacturing costs and why "approaching the engineering department may be the kiss of death". The pros and cons of the new patent office system of provisional patent applications are given. An example of an actual submission letter used by Docie Marketing is reproduced. A sample of a non-exclusive license contract is also reproduced. Various licensing strategies, factors and how to negotiate licensing agreements are discussed. These include how to maintain licensees' quality standards and how to monitor their sales.
His chapter 7, Industry Survey of Invention Evaluation and Marketing Firms, is a must read for every inventor. The author does not pull any punches. He includes in the "rip-off" category some patent attorneys who fail to point out to their clients that their patent claims may be so weak as to make their patent commercially worthless. He lists 13 factors inventors should consider in selecting an evaluation service firm.
Three case histories give, in detail, examples of the chills, fevers and glories that can take place when you go down the road negotiating a license to your invention. For example, how should you deal with the shock of a patent office rejection of your application for a patent? How would you deal with 18 companies copying your item? The author found himself in exactly that situation and came up with a solution. How do you decide when or if your patience and persistence are stretched to the point of violating common sense?
The author suggests many inventors could learn a lot from television detective Columbo -- ask a lot of questions, listen and say no more than necessary.
The last chapter has 11 pages of up-to-date resources available to inventors.
Reading this book, or any book, will not make you a licensing expert, but it will alert you to many of the landmines out there. The book is down-to-earth and is based on the author's practical hands-on experience in the real world. The pretentious vocabulary some writers seem prone to is avoided.
64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded With Information - Easy To Digest Aug. 5 2002
By Bruce Boatner - Published on Amazon.com
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The thing I like most about "The Inventor's Bible" is the fact that it flows. There is a background story that runs through the book as we follow the real-life history of ideas as they naturally evolve.
Many books for inventors are oriented towards the novelty/toy markets. I have found my own experience of licensing manufacturers quite different (actually easier) than most of the toy inventors' books describe. Docie's first invention was one born out of near mishap and had true safety value. He considered his first patent weak due to an overcrowded field of competitors, which makes it an even better illustration of how to proceed with an invention. But he knew it was a good idea from the start, because it was conceived from a real-life situation. His battle was differentiating his design from the many similar products already on the market. I believe that this is the #1 issue with most new inventions - closing in on 7 million patents, it's a very crowded field. Nevertheless, for an inventor that's part of the game.
My feeling is that if you have something that you KNOW has value, and you've done a thorough patent search and have a good understanding of the prior art, you should be able to justify the expense of a patent application. Then you can approach your potential manufacturers from a position of confidence. All this dancing around with non-disclosure agreements, trying to decide whether your idea is worth anything or not, seems to be putting the cart before the horse.
It might take a little patient educating on your part, but if you have something useful, someone will eventually recognize the fact and be anxious to work with you. Select and research the companies you'd like to work with, then carefully court them. Be persistent without being a nuisance. Just remember it's a lot of work for a company to add a new product to their line. You have to appreciate how big a decision it is for them to work with you - but they will!
Docie also runs a bona fide invention promotion company, as opposed to all the bogus invention submission companies out there. Remember they're like stockbrokers - they get paid regardless of results, which are usually negligible. Docie's background, interest and reputation ensure an honest and knowledgeable effort, and preclude any of the funny business that is inherent in the other outfits. The essential idea of an invention promotion company is quite valid, which unfortunately gives the bogus outfits their impetus.
Good luck with your idea!
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By Ed Zimmer Feb. 1 2000
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Additional comments by Ed Zimmer, 800-468-8871, The Entrepreneur Network.
I'll carry Bill's recommendation of this book a step farther -- this is a great book. It's the definitive book on product licensing for the independent inventor!
I've been looking for a book like this since we started this network almost ten years ago. The best I'd found previously was Tom Mosley's Marketing Your Invention. That's a good book -- it does a good job of arguing the case for licensing and in presenting the mechanics of marketing intellectual property. But it doesn't do a good job of conveying the "art" of making a deal -- which is the very essence of selling anything, and especially intellectual property.
What I was looking for was something more analogous to David Pressman's Patent It Yourself. Pressman does such a great job of conveying the "art" of invention patenting that, by the time you finish the book, you thoroughly understand what a patent attorney does -- and although you may now know "how" to do what the patent attorney does, you also understand why he can do it so much better than you.
And that's what Docie's book does in conveying the "art" of invention marketing. He shows you step by step -- with examples -- how to find and put together invention licensing deals. If you follow the steps that he lays out -- and do them all well -- if there's any chance of your invention licensing, you'll find it and do the deal. And if there's no chance of its licensing, you'll also find that out -- quickly and efficiently.
Now the trick of course is "doing all [the steps] well". That's the "art" of invention marketing -- and that's what Docie conveys so well in this book. If you seriously study his book, you will absolutely know "how" to go about marketing your (or anybody else's) invention.
But... just because you know "how" to do it doesn't mean you "can" do it. Competent invention marketing requires a good deal of business knowledge and common sense, a degree of extroversion, chutzpah and initiative and, perhaps most important, the ability to listen and react productively. These -- and especially the last -- are not particularly strong attributes of the average independent inventor.
Like Pressman, Docie figures that once you understand how a professional (like him) goes about marketing an invention, you'll likewise understand why he can do it so much better than you.
So why buy a book whose goal is to convince you to hire a professional? For the same reason you bought Pressman -- to understand the methods and skills professionals bring to the problem. Given that understanding, if you decide to try to do the work yourself, you'll at least know what you're up against. And if you decide to hire a professional, you'll at least know how to communicate with him and what to expect from him.
Should you hire a professional to market your invention? If you want to give your invention its best shot -- absolutely! A competent professional will give your invention its best chance.
The problem comes in judging whether the person you're hiring really is "competent". This book gives you a fighting chance at making a rational judgment. If they're following the procedures Docie outlines -- and aren't taking forever doing so -- you can be pretty sure they know "how" to do it. (There's still a question whether they "can" do it. But that's a problem you face when you hire any professional -- there's little to go on other than their past "success" record.)
If you go this way, make sure you divide the work up into small manageable chunks -- each with a clear goal -- costing no more than you're willing to swallow if the goal isn't achieved.
A couple of years ago, I did an article, The Provisional Application, that outlined a low-cost approach to invention marketing that most inventors can do on their own. Your odds (of successfully licensing) using that strategy are definitely lower than if you use a competent marketing professional. It basically comes down to the old saw, "Nothing sells itself".
But like all rules, there are exceptions in the extremes. If you come up with a business-to-business product that really solves a long-standing problem in a particular industry -- or saves the producers in that industry significant costs -- your "selling" doesn't have to be much more than simply "presenting" the product. You have an educated profit-motivated customer set who are actively looking for what you have to sell -- and if it's "real", will literally sell themselves.
Likewise with licensing intellectual property. If you have the exceptional product or process, your customer set (the prospective licensees you approach) will recognize it and try to deal for it. In fact, they're likely to more readily recognize it as "exceptional" -- simply because they're more familiar with their industry and their market than the typical inventor.
In any event, simply "presenting" it to them. as proposed in the Provisional Application article, provides the independent inventor with much better odds than either not trying at all or spending a bunch of patent money and then waiting for someone to contact them simply because the patent issued.
So... if you want to maximize your odds of licensing -- and you have the money -- and you take great care (and accept the risk) that that money buys you the "competence" you need -- then go with the invention marketing professional.
And -- please -- if you plan to go this route, bring him in early -- earlier in fact than a patent attorney. With a few phone calls, he can save you the cost of the 95 of 100 patents that would never license anyway -- even if you had them. And the competent invention marketer -- stress "competent" -- frequently doesn't need a patent to make a deal. He'll recommend a patent only if it's necessary to make a deal or it's likely to make possible a much better deal.
Whichever direction you decide to go, you really oughta get and study Docie's book.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Updated Version has Patent and Marketing Workbook March 4 2006
By David Weston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found and read the first version of "The Inventor's Bible" in my local library. The book was full of so much relevant and detailed information that I knew I had to own the updated version. When it arrived, I was pleased to discover that the book included a "Patent and New Product Marketing Workbook" to help readers evaluate and profit from their inventions. Even better, you can download the pdf versions of the workbook pages from the publisher's website (Tenspeedpress). When you get to the site, search for Inventor's Bible, then click the book's title on the page that returns, and then click on the link for the complementary Inventor's Bible PDFs.

What I liked most about the book is that it helps you seriously evaluate your invention's chance at making money. Some other books I have read assume you are going to do whatever it takes to profit from your invention and then lead you through the steps. The Inventor's Bible helps you evaluate your invention and then shows you what to overcome to make a profit. If going through that process makes some people reconsider whether their good idea just isn't good enough, then they will be wiser and richer for it.

That being said, after reading the book, I feel more confident that my invention will make me money. At the same time, I now know that it's going to take much longer than I expected, so I'm planning accordingly.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Inventors - highly recommend March 10 2004
By Leo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book very helpful. I am an engineer currently working on bringing my alternative energy invention to market. Not only I found a bunch of good advice in this book but this book made me feel that even though marketing my invention will be a lot of work, it can be done. I've read several similar books ("Idiot's guide.." and "Patents to Profit") but I think what set this one apart for me were the case studies. Reading what some of the other inventors went thru, their rises and their falls, makes you feel like you are already part of that group. I highly recommend this book.
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