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Secrets from an inventor's nootbook
Kanbar, the inventor of the D-Fuzz-It sweater comb and the multiplex cinema and the holder of over 30 patents, offers this chatty guide that aims to demystify the process of inventing, from brainstorming and brand naming to prototyping and patenting. He provides the nuts and bolts of the five basic steps that he's followed--and still follows in the wake of the technical revolution wrought by the Internet: solve a problem; build a prototype; protect the idea; decide to either manufacture or license; and market with a twist. Appendices provide lists of resources as well as templates of legal documents and other forms.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR


A must read for anybody regarding him or herself an inventor. Mostly based on his own experience but also drawing on other "small" inventors, Mr. Kanbar takes us through the process from idea, to protection, to selling. The book is colorful written, which makes it easy to digest, but the content includes some very sound advice for any novice inventor, who would like to try to stand on his or her own. Mr. Kanbar also emphasizes the fact that an invention is an idea turned into practical use, preferable giving you a profit along the way, and selling / market your idea may need some major and well planned effort. The book also shows there is still plenty of room for the small companies to develop products, which can make a significant impact on the market.

His basic process is easily summed up: 1) Solve a Problem, 2) Prove Your Invention/Build a Prototype, 3) Protect Your Idea, 4)Manufacture or License?, 5) Market with a Twist. And, those are his 5 main chapters. He shows you how he has done this repeatedly. He's a serial inventor/business starter.
What I particularly liked was his detailed description of how he did "hands on" market research. He shows you how to prove out your invention early within the marketplace.

From an invention point of view, he works primarily from finding problems. He describes his personal experience in all the chapters. There is no college theory here.

I highly recommend this book for entrepreneurs and inventors. It's a fast read, but you'll probably come back and review it periodically.

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