The process of translating an idea into a tangible invention may seem daunting at first. Budding inventors, however, can draw on a host of resources for information and support. Here are just a few:

American Intellectual Property Law Association

2001 Jefferson Davis Highway Suite 203 Arlington, Va. 22202 (703) 415-0780

This organization can provide assistance with patent, trademark, copyright, intellectual property, technology transfer, invention, and innovation. It offers a book and supplement, How to Protect and Benefit From Your Idea, for $9.95.

Energy-Related Inventions Program Office of Energy-Related Inventions National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg, Md. 20899 (301) 975-5504

Sponsored by NIST and the Department of Energy, this program encourages innovation in the development of energy technology. Independent inventors and small businesses with promising energy-related inventions can obtain free and confidential evaluation of an idea from NIST, and those that are considered sufficiently promising are recommended to DOE for...

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