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This book is for engineers and scientists who have the aptitude and education to create new products that could become income-producing businesses for themselves and for investors. The book uses short chapters and gets directly to the point without lengthy and distracting essays. The rapid growth in technology-based business plan contests is a clear sign that there are many wealthy inventors looking to make substantial investments in start-ups based on new inventions by inventors, who lack the funds and knowledge to start a business. The key features of this reference enable readers to sharpen their new idea, turn an idea into a commercial product, conduct patent search and complete a provisional patent application, and collect requisite data and prepare a business plan based on a carefully selected business model. Supporting materials are provided on the book's extensive website (


'A particularly strong contribution the author makes is his attention to the importance of intellectual property, something often missing in the training of scientists, in particular. Not only does he do a good job of explaining the process of patenting, as well as the structure of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and their processes, he spends time outlining the opportunity for pro se applicants. This is often left out of texts of this type. The author clearly has experience in this latter approach … On balance, I consider Professor Swamidass’s book should be considered by any instructor as a candidate for acceptance as either the text, or at least a reference, for a course focused on scientists and/or engineers. That could be true for either graduate students or undergraduates based on the background of the instructor.'

Charles E. Hutchinson - Dean Emeritus, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover

'On balance, this is an easy to follow book which offers a good perspective on how a person interested in technological development should act to surmount all the hurdles and invites the readers to be more confident and to pursue on the road to a new business development … In the book preface, Swamidass states that the book is addressed to innovative engineers and scientists who desire to become income-producing businessman or potential investors. As such, the book meets the expectations, but may also be used by anyone interested in studying to better stimulate their own entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial abilities, potentially leading to business development in technology. I would recommend the book for instructors in entrepreneurship and their students as an important reference, as the book uncovers many of the multifaceted practical aspects of what it takes to become a first-time inventor and first-time business owner.

Daniela Cristina Momete Source: International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship

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