Protecting Your Great Ideas for Free!
Author: J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: But I Don't Have Any Great Ideas Worth Protecting—Or Do I?
Chapter 2: Free Protection for Your Great Business Ideas
Chapter 3: Free Protection for Your Great Invention
Chapter 4: Free Protection for Your Great Creative Work
Chapter 5: Now Build Your Idea into Something Valuable
Chapter 6: What If I Am an Employee with a Great Idea?
Chapter 7: Meet Jim H (a Hypothetical Guy with a Great Idea and No Money)
Chapter 8: Questions I Hear and You Should Ask
Chapter 9: Final Thoughts
About the Author
Appendix A: Doing Your Own Trademark Search
Appendix B: Protecting Your Invention by Yourself
Appendix C: Doing Your Own Copyright ApplicationDon't
Aimed at businesses that thrive on idea capital, this primer on intellectual property law spells out the
easy and important steps to take to protect ideas such as brands, recipes, inventions, or artwork. In an
increasingly competitive business world, companies live or die by the freshness and power of their ideas;
protecting these works is not complicated and can cost nothing if entrepreneurs take action early, from
realizing what intellectual capital their business might have to considering patents and licenses. The time
and costs involved with each option are detailed, and the book explains all of the new choices and
opportunities—as well as a few pitfalls—open to owners of protected ideas. For further study and action,
there is a companion website accessible by a password provided in the book that offers sample legal
agreements and links to other resources.
J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr.
J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., is an attorney who frequently speaks on intellectual property law.
"Without the advice provided in this book, our company would never have survived. Nevin tells it like it is in
a way anyone can understand."