Calling All Inventors! Edison Nation Launches Open Search For Innovative Products
Have a unique and patentable idea that you've not been able to move off first base? Edison Nation has just the answer for you in its newest search for ideas. It's an open search! So, you can submit one or more of your ideas in any category of products - home, garden, office, etc. to the Open Innovative Product Search.
Edison Nation is sub-naming this call for inventions its 'Lunch Hour Search,' trying to appeal to those whose best ideas come to them quite casually at lunch or in the shower.... And also suggesting that you can just fills out its applications on your lunch hour. While the title of the search may appeal to less-practiced product developers, the newbie better be ready to approach the idea submission with some structure behind it.
For example, since Edison Nation is calling for protectable ideas in this search, you will need to learn the kinds of product ideas that are protectable. If your idea is obvious, a natural extension of something that is already in use and/or patented, then it is not protectable. Oh, and yes, you might want to do a patent search and some market research to make sure your product has neither been patented or marketed. (See my Advice To New Inventors.)
The good news is that you don't have to file a patent application, or even a provisional patent application on your idea before it is submitted to the contest. If Edison Nation is interested in your idea, it will file a preliminary patent application on your idea in your name!
This is one of the best opportunities an inventor could get, because your invention doesn't have to be targeted to a specific retailer that happens to be looking for specific kinds of innovations. Instead, if Edison Nation thinks your idea has profit potential, it will find a retailer for your product. And it will split the profits from your invention with you 50/50.
So, dust them all off and get them ready to present. Edison Nation is ready for your ideas; visit the site and learn how they should be presented. Deadline for submissions is December 17, 2012, 11:59 Pacific Time.