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MIND: Documenting Invention

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Most inventors need to raise money at some point during the invention process to support their research, purchase tools and supplies, file patent applications, start a business, or manufacture and market new products.

The inventor’s records that document these activities may include grant applications, funding proposals, and correspondence with investors. Financial documents such as purchase records, budget statements, correspondence with accountants, and audit reports can provide insight into the scale of the inventor's work and his or her financial investment in the outcome.

Last Update: 28 Dec 2010

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