Inventing Tips Blog
1. I see more and more companies looking for new, fresh and exciting ideas from inventors.
2. I see more and more people looking to pursue their ideas because of today’s economy, and they want to set themselves up to have residual income or start their new business.
3. I see more and more people needing great information to helpRead More »What are 3 trends from inventors that excite you
I interviewed the USPTO (US Patent & Trademark Office) on Got Invention Radio to discuss the Pro Bono Program(YES, free patent legal services if you qualify!) to help protect your invention ideas. Listen to the interview here: http://gotinvention.com/pastshows.php?show_id=229 – Enjoy and I hope the interview helps you. Listen to other past shows including guests from Shark Tank, Alibaba.com,Read More »Free Patent Help – The US Patent & Trademark Office Pro Bono Program
While looking for great resources to share for inventors and entrepreneurs, I came across a free online tool from the US Patent & Trademark Office, that will allow creators of intellectual property to recognize when they have an asset that can give them a competitive edge in the marketplace and when they should seek IP protection. Find out more about various patents you can file for, trademark or service mark protection, copyrights, trade secrets,Read More »Intellectual Property Evaluation Tool From US Patent & Trademark Office
You made that beautifully designed 3D rendering of your invention idea and now looking to have a prototype made. There are services that offer you to upload your 3D files, select your material to print in and ship right to your door. This could be a great option for those inventors or tinkerers that are just getting started or may be something new to others that you may want to explore.Read More »3D Prototypes with Shapeways.com Delivers
I had the opportunity to interview Alibaba.com Director of global marketing Michael Lee, on my Got Invention Radio show. His mission is to help companies which have sourcing needs to learn about Alibaba.com services and how Alibaba.com can help their businesses grow. Michael brought 15 years of marketing experience from several Fortune 500 companies including Dell and Hewlett-Packard, with focusRead More »Sourcing Products and Manufacturers with Alibaba.com
Last night I was consulting an inventor on Skype that was just starting off with her invention. She had a homemade prototype, quote from a patent attorney of$5,000, a quote from a patent searcher of $1,000 and a quote for engineering of $9,000. She struggled to explain what the products purpose was at first and then once I understood it’s purpose and function, I put up a red flag. Out of all the inventions in the world, she presents one so similar to one I’ve already worked on with anotherRead More »Did Your Invention Hit A Brick Wall?
Deciding how to bring your invention to the next level can lead you into different directions. You may need to pitch your soon-to-be product to retail buyers, licensees, agents or representatives and should take the time to evaluate what may be the best options for you. Do your research and make sure you are not pitching a shovel to a kitchen gadget company!
Inventor called and we discussed her product that is fully developed, great idea and at a crossroad on what to do… She has a full time job, has limited cash and wants to manufacture her product on her own. We discussed her options and spoke about starting slow, maybe reaching out to catalogs, building a website and generate some online sales and build a track record and at the same time, this is a way for you to gauge interest withoutRead More »Just got a call from inventor asking about launching her product…
1. Starts with an idea in your head, on a napkin, text, email or leave yourself a voice message to capture your idea before it disappears!
2. Attempt for intellectual property protection, including provisional, design, non provisional or utility patent and/or trademark.
3. Bringing your product to life-computer drawings (CAD), identify materials needed and make a prototype.
4. Licensing-preparing for licenseesRead More »Steps to Invention Success..Where are you? By Brian Fried