Patent attorney David Winters saw a need among business owners for legal information on protecting their intellectual property. At the time, he had been a patent attorney for about ten years and had a great deal of knowledge about the subject to offer both laymen and general attorneys. Due to his knack for presenting potentially dry material in interesting and gently humorous ways, he put together The Pirate’s Guide to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.

In this interview, you’ll discover:

  • The unusual way David wrote his book
  • The methods he used to distribute his book
  • A surprising result of his book publication
  • How his professional reputation was impacted by becoming an author

David Winters is a retired attorney-at-law with a broad international, professional, and academic background. He has been admitted before the US Patent Bar, the Tennessee Bar, and the United States Supreme Court. He specialized in patent, trademark, and copyright applications, plus intellectual property management. He was previously a ship’s officer, farmer, aviator, Cold War code master, International consultant in Europe and Asia and a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He is also the author of numerous articles and books, and one book in particular that we’re here to talk about today, The Pirate’s Guide to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.

David’s book is available on Amazon. You can email him at winterspatentlaw at

Donna Gunter

Donna Gunter is an international best-selling author, host of Main Street Mavericks radio, founder of a boutique digital marketing firm, Fresh Ideas Marketing, and publisher of lead generation books for entrepreneurs at BizSmart Publishing.She helps small business owners rejuvenate their marketing with innovative ideas and strategies positioning them for massive growth.