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Collegiate Inventors Competition


For 15 years, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized and encouraged undergraduate and graduate students on their quest to change the world around them. The Collegiate Inventors Competition has rewarded and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world. It promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the future technologies from which society will benefit in the future. read more »

How Do Inventors Go To Market? (Part 4) From Patentability Opinion To Patent Application


 After you have reviewed, assimilated, and discussed the results of your patentability opinion with your patent attorney, you will have enough information about your idea to make some informed decisions about the direction of your invention.

 Having that information gives you a real sense of accomplishment and power. From this point until your product is selling, you get to feel power and accomplishment... ah... not that many times. So enjoy it!

 Here's a glimpse into what to expect from the full patent process, as well as ways you can use the patent work you've already done to get more marketing information... also crucial to your decision to go for the full patent.

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Gold's Gym in an Elevator: Inventive Marketing


This inventive ad is to help promote Gold's Gym.

Stickers showing two muscular arms were pasted outside the lift doors. Another sticker showing the torso of the body builder with arms stretched was pasted on the inside of the lift wall. When the lift door opened, the arms parted and looked as if the man is forcing the door open.

The stats from Ads of the World are:

Agency: Quadrant Communications ltd.
Copywriter: Amit Acharekar
Art director / Illustrator / Photographer: Sandeep Poyekar
Creative Director: Paul Menacherry

What do you think?

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Invent -a -Toy World Games


Will the next best toy inventor be your kid?

Enter your child's Toy or Game into the 2007 Invent-A-Toy World Games. The contest is now until April 6, 2007.

ByKidsforKids is looking for ‘Toys’ or ‘Games’ inventions in these categories: read more »

Joost How You Like It


Joost (pronounced “juiced”) is breaking the rules – it’s pushing the boundaries of how we watch TV, so we’ll get outside our dens and bedrooms and into the wider world. How so? According to Joost’s founders they’ve created the next big thing in home entertainment: Internet TV. Since these same men also created Kazaa, one of the pioneering popular music sharing web sites, and the free Internet telephone system, Skype, people are taking this latest announcement seriously.
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Timing Is Everything


Do you know when is the best time to send out your invention?

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools, toys and a kitchen utensil without the aid of an Invention Submission Firm. You can see some of his inventions at rogerbrown.net. He graciously agreed to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com some valuable advice.

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The Dumbest Movie Inventions of All Time


Now...where did I put that towel?Now...where did I put that towel?It's a simple formula, really. Develop an idea with world-changing implications, and Hollywood will make sure it turns to bite you (and often the rest of us) on your clever little behind. Tinsel Town loves to reward intelligence and innovation with death, destruction and breaks in the time/space continuum. The fact is, most of film history's most brilliant on-screen innovations have been ill-conceived, fatally flawed, and downright dangerous, proving that government regulation isn't always a bad thing. So what do Doc Brown, Seth Brundle and Poggle the Lesser have in common? Their on-screen "innovations" have entered our pantheon of worst movie inventions...ever.
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Rockabye and Recycle


Our Guest Blogger, Mia Levine, was a web content writer and creative talent with over ten years experience within the high tech industry. Two children later, her focus has changed. She now spends her time finding new and innovative products that are fascinating and fun to both parents and kids. She likes products that are natural, environmentally friendly, and toxic-free.

Here's her article for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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With all the press lately about the dangers of plastics, I've wondered a lot about what harm my kids have incurred as the result of having plastic around the house.
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Green Gift Guide for Lovers


Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean the gift giving is over. Between birthdays, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, and everything else in between, there are a bunch of green gifts you can still share with your friends and families. Don't worry, it isn't all pricey. These gifts come in all shapes and prices. I've placed the items under generalized categories, but that doesn't mean they can't belong anywhere else.

Because we are only a few days away from Valentine's Day I've decided to begin with a list of seven eco-friendly gifts couples can use to celebrate this day of love. Why Seven? Seven is a lucky number and with these gifts, you may get lucky read more »

Playboy Beach Towel: Inventive Marketing


I decided to try from time to time to post what I think are ingenious ways to market products.

My first pick is this terrific Beach Towel from Playboy.


Here are the stats from Ads of the World:

Agency: Grey, Argentina, Buenos Aires
Creative Director: Pablo Gil, Sebastian Garin, Alejandro Iglesias
Copywriter: Dauquen Chabeldin, Martin Dofou
Art Director: Diego Rubio, Cristian Feichtenslager

What do you think?
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How Do Inventors Go To Market? (Part 3) The Patentability Search And Opinion Helps You Decide


A professional patentability search and opinion provides invaluable information to help you decide whether or not to apply for a patent. If your own research has indicated you've got a hot idea, then find the money to commission a qualified patent attorney in your field to do this paper for you.

Read about what a patentability search entails and what to expect from the patent attorney's opinion.... read more »

Best Video Games To Play in 2007


New Year's Ball in New YorkNew Year's Ball in New YorkThe year 2006 was an interesting year for many people in the United States. To celebrate this, I sat down and thought of all the different kinds of entertainment mediums that people use to have some fun in their lives. Since my specialty comes from video games, I put together a list of the best video games of 2006.
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Overcoming Inventoritis Book Now on Audio


Tatsuya Nakagawa and Peter P. Roosen, are the co-founders of Atomica Creative who guest blog for our site. Atomica Creative is a strategic product marketing company that has been involved in many successful product launches in North America and Asia in several industries. Roosen and Nakagawa have recently released a book titled "Overcoming Inventoritis - Lessons from Thomas Edison, the world's greatest product marketer". They recently dropped us a note letting the readers of American InventorSpot.com know that they have the complete audio version of our book available for download. read more »

Solar Powered Hearing Aid


If you've ever thought that being green is a complete waste of time, the SolarAid might change your mind. The SolarAid is a hearing aid created to make low-cost hearing aids for people in impoverished regions. Godisa Technolgies, a Botswana company, designed and built this eco-friendly little device that sells for less than $100.
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Have a Good Golf Invention Idea?


Think your idea could be the next big thing in golf? Golf Channel is currently casting for a brand new series that will uncover the next great golf invention. They’re looking for people of all ages, all backgrounds and with all types of golf inventions for this new series. read more »

Cute Animals are in the Bag


Our Guest Blogger, Mia Levine, was a web content writer and creative talent with over ten years experience within the high tech industry. Two children later, her focus has changed. She now spends her time finding new and innovative products that are fascinating and fun to both parents and kids. She likes products that are natural, environmentally friendly, and toxic-free.

Here's her article for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com:

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Who Says Refrigerators Can't Be Cool?


Tis the season for holiday leftovers! Chances are, your refrigerator has been getting some extra use over the last 5-6 weeks, as the leftover Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes gave way to Christmas ham and yule log (what is yule log, anyway?). You probably didn’t notice your refrigerator working extra hard because, frankly, your refrigerator probably doesn’t get noticed much at all. That's all about to change with the latest from the refrigeration industry, where cool isn't an attitude, it's a dial setting.
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The Wackiest Products To Keep You Cooking

In the past few weeks, I have created a whole series of articles on different types of Wacky Products, but I have to say that this one is my favorites.

Here is what I think are 13 of the Wackiest Products for Your Kitchen to Help Keep You Cooking, with choice quotes from vendors selling these products:

Like New Things? Want to Write About Them?


We want to be the best invention, innovation and idea site on the web.

If you have a strong interest in technology, cars, science, or pretty much anything else that's interesting, and you could be persuaded to share your insights and observations with our readers, please contact us. read more »

Find The Right Patent Attorney For You!


Choosing a patent attorney is an important step in the invention process so give yourself some choices. Perform due diligence on two or three attorneys to see which one best suits your needs. Conduct yourself professionally because the attorney will be screening you as well. If you’ve been following my columns (go to Myra Per-Lee’s blog page) then you know just what you need to do to hold up the inventor side of the partnership. Get ready! “This could be the start of something big!”

 

I laid the background to the current column in What You Need And Don’t Need In A Patent Attorney, my last blog. You may want to review it before you charge ahead. read more »