Book Title:

Nolo’s Patents for Beginners (Paperback)
by David Pressman (Author), Richard Stim (Author)

Editorial Reviews:

Book Description

A clear and simple guide to the entire patent process.

Do you toil away in an office, garage or basement lab in the hopes of bringing a new widget to life? What will you do when it’s alive and kicking?

Here’s the primer every first-time inventor needs. Packed with detailed information and concise explanations, Nolo’s Patents for Beginners defines what a patent is and what it can do for you. Step by step, it explains how to:

  • use basic patent principles
  • document an invention
  • conduct a patent search
  • acquire patent rights
  • “read” an application
  • determine patent ownership
  • analyze disputes
  • find patent information
  • interpret international patent law
  • and much more

Nolo’s Patents for Beginners provides sample forms and letters, resources and glossary of terms. The 5th edition is completely updated and revised to cover all changes in patent law and regulations.

Dallas Morning News

“Will help minimize legal fees by preparing you to do what you can for yourself…”


“An impressive and reader friendly compendium of information and instruction… the ideal introduction to the patenting process.”

About the Author

David Pressman Originally from Philadelphia, San Francisco Patent Attorney David Pressman is a graduate of Penn State University (BSEE) and George Washington University Law School (JD) where he was on the Law Review. He has over 40 years of experience in the patent profession – as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent Office, a patent attorney in corporate and private practice, a university instructor, a columnist, and as author of the Patent and Trademark entries to the World Book Encyclopedia. He is an expert on patent filing, prosecution, and licensing and his books have charted the path for over 250,000 inventors. Patent It Yourself is the most highly recommended guide to patenting an invention. Dave is also co-author of The Inventor’s Notebook (with Fred Grissom), How to Make Patent Drawings Yourself (with Jack Lo), Patent Pending In 24 Hours (with Rich Stim), and Patents For Beginners (with Rich Stim).

Richard Stim Mr. Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, crafts people, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. He is the author of many books, including Whoops I’m in Business, Music Law, and Profit from Your Idea. In his free time he watches too many movies, produces audiobooks, and performs and records with two bands, MX-80 and angel corpus christi.