No matter where inventors may be in the process of developing their invention, they often find they need information or assistance to:
• protect the “intellectual property” of their invention idea
• implement the business side of making their idea profitable
Here are three free resources available to inventors in the Dallas area:
Dallas Public Library, Government Information Center
1515 Young Street, 6th floor
Dallas, TX 75201
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Dallas Public Library Patent & Trademark Resource Center
The Dallas Public Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center. In addition to providing access to selected Patent and Trademark Office resources, the collection includes “how to” books on patents, trademarks, copyright, licensing, and trade secrets. It also covers topics such as funding, marketing, and licensing. A few representative titles that inventors may find useful are:
Free inventor workshops are offered throughout the year. Upcoming workshop dates at Free Inventor Workshops at the Dallas Public Library.
Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development
1402 Corinth St.
Dallas, TX 75215
North Texas Small Business Development Center Network and Technology Commercialization SBDC
Part of the North Texas Small Business Development Center Network, the Bill Priest Institute conducts research; counsels and trains business people in managing, financing and operating small businesses. It also provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. The institute develops and maintains partnerships among community organizations and agencies (local, states and federal) to provide a focal point for broad networks of public and private resources at the community level.
The philosophical approach of each Small Business Development Center in the North Texas network is to guide and train the client rather than doing the work for them. Any present or prospective business owner is eligible for management and technical counseling at no charge.
Texas Inventors’ Association
Contact: Robert Wise (Current President)
Texas Inventors’ Association members include people from every stage of the invention process who are willing to share their knowledge, experience, contacts, and encouragement. The group can provide direction in how to take an idea from concept to market. Check their website for meeting times and locations. Monthly meetings are generally held in Plano. First-time visitors should send an email so that TIA may plan for the number of attendees.