Useful Websites

United States Patent and Trademark OFfice

This site is one of the few useful U.S. government websites I have encountered.   Use it to key word search in the patent database to see if someone has already patented your idea.  On the trademark side you can see if the name you want for your business has already been trademarked.    Then you can use the site to file for your patent and/or trademark your business name.  (See The Book for a good chapter on patents and trademarks)

Is Someone Already Doing my Idea?

The search section of the website is an even better place than the US patent website to search to see if someone is already working on your business idea.

Buzzstream – Online Marketing Tool

Looking to find online blogs or podcasts to help you market your business?  For a fee, this website will assist you.  Their keyword search delivers relevant results.