*=* In honor of all inventors of Vietnamese descent *=*
We are happy to come back to all VACETS members with another series of Market Thyself articles. We would like to dedicate this specific article to all past inventors and to encourage new inventors in the future.
In the past, when one had an inventive idea, one was not sure if somebody would have the same concept or already had patent. Normally, inventors have to visit a Federal patent and trademark depository library, access a private and expensive online service hoping to find some answers. It is too much time-consuming. Thanks to the Internet. Now with a few mouse clicks away you can do online patent search for information needed and connect to other inventors, potential inventors and engineers as well. Following are some useful web sites that can help you on your way of new inventions.
You can start surfing inventor forums and online patent database created by IBM at www.patents.ibm.com You also can find online support groups, chat rooms, bulletin boards, patent and trademark databases at all the following web sites.
www.thomasregister.com lists manufacturers and brand names by Thomas Publishing company.
www.inventorsdigest.com is online version of the magazine of the United Inventors Association and lists a number of resources, including timely news for inventors.
www.patentcafe.com is a web site where inventors can get access to a number of resources.
www.inventorsalliance.com is a resource-studded web site.
You will find useful information at the sites for the National Inventors Hall of Fame at
and the United Inventors Association of the United States of America at
www.uspto.gov is a database containing text and images for patents and registered and pending trademarks.
www.patentcafe.com is a web site where inventors can get access to a number of other resources.
inventors.tqn.com offers a number of links to services for inventors.
inca.interspeed.net is an online inventor network, a nonprofit association for inventors in Capital area: Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Finally, if you are more careful, you might surf
to avoid invention promotion firms that might generate some complaints.
Happy surfing and inventing.