On the 'Net: Got a great idea? Patent it
July 23, 1996
Web posted at: 9:55 p.m. EDT
From Correspondent Brian Nelson
(CNN) -- Let's say you've got a brilliant, or even wacky, idea ready to hit it big-time, like the anti-snoring device known as U.S. Patent 898,379. But how do you turn your dream into reality?
Well, start by letting your fingers do the clicking. The Web is perfect for the inventive bent.
Just take a look at DaVinci's Inventor Homepage.
DaVinci's supplies numerous links to help fine-tune your ideas and research other patents. There's also a list of helpful organizations, and suggestions on how to uncover the capital needed to move your ideas forward. Plus, you get a biography of the great Renaissance inventor, Leonardo DaVinci.
Next, you'll want to take a look at Michael J. Colitz Jr. & Associates' Web Page.
This site is put on by Colitz, a registered patent attorney, and it provides a detailed list of links concerning patent legal information. The links range from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the U.S. Copyright Office to on-line law libraries.
Colitz's site also features the Wacky Patent of the Month, as well as lists of patents that weren't exactly big moneymakers.
You're then ready to hit the Invention Dimension, the Lemelson-MIT Prize Program's Web Page. Invention Dimension tells you all about inventors and their discoveries.
Each week, the page highlights a different American inventor. An in-depth biography is provided, and the page takes a look at how their inventions impacted society. It also supplies links to top research labs and other invention-related sites.
Finally, it's time for a cool place to market your hot idea, like New and Kewl. This site promises the latest gadgets and gizmos, from motorized parachutes to build-it-yourself robot kits.
Keep on clicking and start inventing.
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