Patent It Yourself
Patent It Yourself is a guidebook that allows you, the inventor, to patent and commercially exploit your invention by yourself. David Pressman has created a "hands-on" book about US patents. You get a lot of information for a small amount of money and the information in totally up-to-date. Engineers in small companies should read this book, as it will open your eyes as to how easy it is to protect the stuff you design, and using low-cost things like the Provisional Patent Application ... you can file a rough document and, if within a year it seems worth it, file for a normal Patent. A perfect concept for high-tech start-ups who may not have the money in the early days to patent everything, yet the VC people want to see some protection in the works.