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False Teeth For Cats! What Next?

In an age when the humanization of pets seems to have few boundaries and little purpose but self-amusement, false teeth for cats might be grouped with cat clothing and wigs in the 'eccentric cat lady' category. But is false teeth for cats or any animal so crazy?


Best Inventions of 2008 from Intel Science Search

The Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search is on us again. The 40 finalists from around the country gathered in Washington D.C. on March 11 to take part in the distribution of $1.25 million in scholarships and prizes.

Writing the Business Plan

To succeed in business, you must have a business plan. Business plans serve as the roadmap for your start-up. It also helps the entrepreneur view the economic viability of his proposed business by analyzing its various aspects.

Educating Your Market: The Problem With New Inventions

New inventions are difficult to market. Why? Because despite its many features designed to help the average Joe, in reality, you will always have to educate your target audience for your invention.

So You're an Inventor.. Can you be an Entrepreneur?

Just about anyone can have an idea. Not everyone, however, is an inventor. The truth is most people are just content to have their big idea sitting pretty in some cobwebbed portion of their brain--

Call For Submissions! 2008 Canadian Invention Competition



A C$10,000 feasibility study, C$50,000 worth of design and construction on your prototype, and up to C$10,000 liability protection will go to the winner of the second annual Canadian Invention Competition, co-sponsored by Canadian Business Magazine and Nytric, a Canadian innovation engineering and consulting company.

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Patent Pending in One Hour…Without An Attorney


Inventor Advice

Our Guest Blogger, Andrew Knight, J.D., is a Registered Patent Agent, graduate of MIT and Georgetown Law, university instructor, and owner and inventor of 13 issued U.S. patents and 15 pending patent applications. He is the instructor of Do-It-Yourself Provisional Patent™ and Do-It-Yourself Patent Course™, available at www.PatentDVD.com. He had some great advice about patent rights to share with readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

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Patent rights begin when a patent issues on an invention, and the only way to get a patent is to file a nonprovisional patent application.

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards



The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuing in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year! read more »

Contest For Inventors Offer Nationwide Publicity As Grand Prize


Inventor Contest

Orca Communications, a public relations firm specializing in advising inventors and small business entrepreneurs launches nationwide competition for the "Most
Innovative Consumer Product". The grand prize is a comprehensive media campaign worth $20,000 to its winner. read more »

What to Do If You Think You Have Been Scammed By An Invention Submission Company


Inventor Advice

Dr. Natalie L. Petouhoff , our Guest Blogger, is a blonde rocket scientist. She consults with companies like Microsoft and Apple and is often asked to appear on TV talk shows commenting on technology and how it makes our life easier, better and simpler. Dr. Nat also teaches in Pepperdine's business school, coaches inventors and is the author of the upcoming book: Smart Inventors Finish Rich: Ten Steps to Reaching the American Dream.

She wanted to share some important information about the inventing process with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's her article:

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What to Do If You Think You Have Been Scammed By An Invention Submission Company

Wise Inventors Offer Valuable Invention Advice for Free


Inventor Advice

Looking for great invention advice?

Ever wish you had a seasoned inventor that could walk you through the invention process and be your personal mentor? InventorSpot.com can't offer you that, but we can provide the next best thing. read more »

Why Invention Submission Companies Are Still In Business ...


Inventor Advice

Dr. Nat L. Petouhoff , our Guest Blogger, is a blonde rocket scientist. She consults with companies like Microsoft and Apple and is often asked to appear on TV talk shows commenting on technology and how it makes our life easier, better and simpler. Dr. Nat also teaches in Pepperdine's business school, coaches inventors and is the author of the upcoming book: Smart Inventors Finish Rich: Ten Steps to Reaching the American Dream.

She wanted to share some important information about the inventing process with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's her article:

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Why Invention Submission Companies Are Still In Business if they are NOT Really in the Business of Putting Your Product on the Marketplace

An Invention For The Age of Connectivity: Rapid Reader



Bigger, better, and a lot more complicated than the Information Age, success in the Age of Connectivity depends more on our capacity to learn what is needed for tomorrow, than what we know today. As soon as information is available, our computers, hand-helds, and cell-phones make it accessible. We need to retrieve it and act on it; that is critical to our livelihoods and to our lives. read more »

What's the Future of Dining? Top 10 Picks for the "Dining in 2015" Competition


The results of the "Dining in 2015" contest hosted by designboom are in and my, oh my, are there some fascinating finds. Over four thousand aspiring designers from ninety-eight countries participated, and I must say we humans really are a creative bunch, especially when it comes to food and the partaking thereof. But don't let me convince you -- check out these noteworthy picks for yourself. read more »

Innovate or Die! And The Winner Is...


 



The Innovate or Die contest for the most creative, most energy saving, and best design of a bicycle-powered energy saving invention, is over. And the Grand Prize, announced this morning, goes to the invention pictured above.. The Aquaduct, the entry from a team of five California designers, addresses the needs of 1.1 million people in the world who don't have access to clean drinking water.

 

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Calling All Kid Inventors Ages 6 To 17!







What a great way to reward and inspire creativity!

Wham-O, the company that brought us Hula Hoop, Slip N Slide, Frisbee, SuperBall and Hacky Sack products, is having a big 60th year birthday bash and, to celebrate, Wham-O is inviting all kids between the ages of 6 and 17, U.S. residents only, to submit their unique toy inventions to the Kid Inventor Contest.The winner will receive $2000 and, possibly, three percent of sales! read more »

Everyday Edisons Is Looking for Modern Inventors for Season Three 2008


Inventor Contest
Everyday Edisons
, a nationally televised PBS reality series chronicling modern inventors and the development of their inventions, is kicking off its Season Three casting calls with an Atlanta audition. read more »

American Inventor: Who Is The Real Winner?





Every once in awhile, I run into a three-dimensional, walking, talking and, most of all, hard-working soul, who embodies the qualities that make inventors successful. This time it's Robert ("Bobby") Amore who, with his "Toner Belt," made it to the round-of-twelve in season one of American Inventor (ABC, 2006). Bobby just happens to be one of the few contestants from season one and two who has reached the mass market with his product... now being sold as the "Walk n' Burn." read more »

Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



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They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

A Product Brand is Hard to Get and Essential to Keep


Branding is a challenge. Branding is about creating and spreading ideas, messages, and experiences.

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Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy.

Recently, he wrote an article on the importance of branding which we thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy. Here's his article: read more »