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Patents on Your Mind?

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

On March 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  is changing the patent system;  switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file standard. The change intends to simplify the process and to bring the U.S.  in line with global standards.

According to Mainebiz, “has some Maine companies and inventors scrambling to file under the current system, which patent law authorities in the state say is a more forgiving process.” To learn more about the upcoming changes and how Mainer’s are reacting, read this article from Mainebiz. 

In other breaking patent news, if you are interested in how long a patent lasts, the USPTO  has recently introduced a downloadable patent term calculator (beta version) as a resource to help the public estimate the expiration date of a patent.

Interested in more on patents? Check out some of these great books available at PPL:

man who invented

The man who invented the computer : the biography of John Atanasoff, digital pioneer by Jane Smiley

the knockoff economy

The knockoff economy : how imitation sparks innovation by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

complete guide

Your complete guide to making millions with your simple idea or invention : insider secrets you need to know by Janessa Castle

the inventors bible

The inventor’s bible : how to market and license your brilliant ideas by Ronald Louis Docie, Sr.


The telephone gambit : chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s secret / Seth Shulman


the art

The art of invention : the creative process of discovery and design b

Big Reads on Small Business

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Recommended Reads | Business

Thinking of starting a small business? Already running a small business and looking for ways to improve? Come visit the Portland Public Library and check out some of the new titles we have to help you increase revenue and decrease headaches:

The Lean Startup How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries (2011). This book explores the concept that most businesses fail because they are building something nobody wants. Ries describes his strategy, the Lean Startup, as the application of lean thinking to the process of innovation.

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Google+ for Business : How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything by Chris Brogan (2011). A book to help you master the tools provided by Google+ to generate more customers for your business.


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Reputation Rules : Strategies for Building your Company’s Most Valuable Asset by Daniel Diermeier (2011).  From tweets to blogs, in the digital age it is important to have a strategic plan to successfully manage your company’s brand.


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The Encyclopedia of Small Business Forms and Agreements : a Complete Kit of Ready-to-use Business Checklists, Worksheets, Forms, Contracts, and Human Resource Documents by Martha Maeda (2011). The books contains forms  related to starting a business (business plans, startup costs, and business structures); setting up and running a corporation; contracts; real estate; financial reports, accounting, and money management;  buying or selling a business; supplies and inventory; consulting and independent contracting; and marketing and public relations

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Perfect Phrases for Dealing with Difficult Situations at Work : Hundreds of Ready-to-use Phrases for Coming out on Top Even in the Toughest Office Conditions by Susan F. Benjamin (2008). Unfortunately, sometimes we all need this advice whether we work for a small business or a large corporation. 

IRS Tax Secrets : The Individual and Small Business Owners’s Guide to Solving IRS and State Tax Problems by JK Harris (2011). The founder and CEO of JK Harris & Co. tax representation firm, offers information in plain English on tax law. This volume includes a glossary and contact information for each state’s Department of Revenue.
The Big Enough Company : Creating a Business that Works for You by Adelaide Lancaster & Amy Abrams (2011).   Drawing on the true stories, Abrams and Lancaster set out to explore how successful female business owners have grown their enterprises in a way that sustains their own personal goals and needs, not someone else’s standards.
Become a Franchise Owner! : the Start-up Guide to Lowering Risk, Making Money, and Owning What You Do  by Joel Libava (2012). Geared towards a growing number of entrepreneurs looking for an alternative to traditional corporate employment, a definitive guide to researching, selecting and starting a successful franchise business.
The Best Digital Marketing Campaigns in the World : Mastering the Art of Customer Engagement by  Damian Ryan and Calvin Jones (2011). A collection of 25 case studies showcasing viable digital marketing campaigns.
The Small Business Survival Guide by Jason Reid (2011). A hands-on tool geared towards small business owners on marketing, sales, hiring and managing employees, cost control, and other basic business principles.

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90 Days to Success Marketing and Advertising Your Small Business by Mark Hoxie (2011). Gives the reader a practical plan to successfully market any small business in just 90 days. Examines and explains all formats of advertising from e-marketing to newspapers.

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