Have you devised a product to make the world a better place while making you a lot of money?  If so, let us help you find the best resources to assist you in your journey to fame and fortune.

Conducting a thorough patent search is not easy, especially if you're a novice. Luckily, the Denver Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library, meaning that we have a core collection of helpful materials including books, microfilm, and access to Pubwest, a web-based search tool.  If your invention is only an idea, you'll want to start with the U.S. Patent Office's fabulous website which features the quick-start Seven Step Strategy, the Process for Obtaining a Utility Patent, and a 36-minute tutorial on how to conduct a preliminary U.S. patent search.  For more specialized help, contact the Inventor's Assistance Center to:

  • Answer general questions regarding patent examining policy.
  • Direct your call to appropriate USPTO personnel, as necessary.
  • Assist you with filling out forms.
  • Provide you with general information concerning rules, procedures, and fees.
  • Send you patenting information via mail or facsimile.

Although the salad spinner, my favorite invention, didn't make the list, check out 101 Best Inventions from the Technology eZine for inspiration.  Or visit Totally Absurd Inventions for some comic relief.

No one is better than the Japanese for useless inventions, and DPL has the books to prove it:

Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu

101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu

Guru Guru Pon-Chan, no.9

If you have a budding inventor, don't miss the Kids' Pages from the U.S. Patent Office for games, puzzles, and lots of other interesting information.

Written by Lisa on August 3, 2011

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