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American Inventor Television Show airs JUNE 6, 2007 at 9:00 pm


"Next Best Thing," from Peter Engel Prods. and New Wave Entertainment, will settle into its normal one-hour slot at 8 p.m. the following week, June 6.

That leads into the return of the reality contest "American Inventor," from FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell at 9.

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If You Think A Trademark Search Is Easy, You're Not Doing It Right!


The innocents do a Google or Yahoo search for their trademarks. Then they visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office, enter their favorite trademark in the blank box and no results are returned. Hurrah! Voila! This clever, creative, boss, rad, cool, hot trademark is all mine!

 

Little do they know... read more »

Need Great Market Research on the Cheap?


Need a better way to do market research?

Patrick Misterovich, our Guest Blogger, is a stay-at-home dad to three young boys and spare-time entrepreneur. He created the PEZ MP3 Player and
helped create the Helmet MP3 Player. His one-man company is Lincoln West
Studio
, LLC. He wanted to share some helpful tips with the inventors and entreprenuers at AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article
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How do you know your great idea is really great? read more »

2007 Audition Dates for Season Two of American Inventor


The audition dates for Season 2 of the American Inventor reality television show are:

Los Angeles - March 19th
San Francisco - March 25h
Chicago - March 31st (originally had it at 30th)
NYC - April 4th
Orlando - April 9th
Houston - April 13th

UPDATE: CHICAGO AUDITION DATE CHANGED FROM MARCH 30TH TO MARCH 31ST

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Research Council to Fund Most Innovative Studies


The world’s most daring scientists and researchers will be chomping at the bit to obtain grants from the newly-formed European Research Council (ERC). The ERC was established to encourage exploration beyond the current boundaries of knowledge, and is part of the European Union’s Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7). FP7’s goal is to help Europe become the “most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world.” And they’re putting their money where their mouth is.
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Inventive Ingenuity: The Ramen King


It's a food you are sure to have eaten and perhaps fallen in love with. Do you know how that ingenious packet of instant ramen came about?

Michael Daisy, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer and publicist. He is also a history fan (or buff), and music fan currently working on an aural documentary of popular music in the U.S. from 1940-2000. He wanted to share his knowledge of the inventors and inventions that have touched our lives with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process - Part III


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

We published Part I and Part II earlier this week. Here's Part III of his article: read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process - Part II


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

Yesterday, we had Part I. Here's Part II of his article: read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

I thought is was one of the best distillations of the challenges of the invention process and it offers priceless advice for inventors. Here's Part I of his article:

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You have a new product idea that you believe would sell very well were it only available on the market -- but you don't have the time or resources to "venture" the product, i.e., to manufacture it (or have it contract-manufactured) and sell it yourself. What now? read more »

Realistically, the best advice you could be given is to forget the idea -- and get on with your life.

Four Things You Need to Know About Manufacturing in Asia


Thinking about manufacturing your product overseas?

Today, Asia is a hot topic amongst small businesses and inventors who want to benefit from the cost-savings there. If you are taking a product to market that will compete against products that have been on the market for some time, you might have no choice but to begin manufacturing overseas. Whatever your impetus, it's a topic that's worth becoming familiar with when you assess manufacturing options for your product. read more »

$25 Million To Green the Earth


If you haven't heard about the Virgin Earth Challenge
yet, announced two weeks ago (2/9/07), by Sir Richard Branson, now's your chance to get in on the action, find a way to save the world and win millions in the process.

The challenge: to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of lethal carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere every year for 10 years without further harming the earth. The winner (individual or group) will make history, earn $25 million and have the pure satisfaction of making the world greener place to live. read more »

Inventive Ingenuity: Father of the Fire Hydrant


Do you know anything about Birdsill Holly? He's an important inventor that invented something used to save millions of lives a year.

Michael Daisy, our Guest Blogger, is a freelance writer and publicist. He is also a history fan (or buff), and music fan currently working on an aural documentary of popular music in the U.S. from 1940-2000. He wanted to share his knowledge of the inventors and inventions that have touched our lives with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

Reverse Product Placement : IdeaWatch 2.0:


Any marketer can get a product placement into a movie, TV show, or video game. But if you're really clever, you'll do just the opposite...find ways to turn fictional products into real ones. In this post we look at the new product development strategy called "reverse placement".
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Everyday Edisons is Auditioning Inventors in San Diego


As a update to our article "Calling All Inventors:Everyday Edisons is Looking for Inventors for Its Show", we wanted to remind inventors that Everyday Edisons®, auditions are being held in San Diego, California this Saturday, February 24th, 2007. read more »

10 Top Tips For Branding Your Invention


I wanted to name my massage tools "Knuckles" because they are based on shiatsu massage, often accomplished with the knuckles of a massage practitioner's hands. But the word "knuckles" looked funny to me. When I transcribed "knuckles" more phonetically, the brand perked up! "Nukkles" said "fun," and "feel good," and it was zippy, and yes, it said the product feels like knuckles! read more »

Here are 10 tips to help you reach the perfect brand name for your new invention!

Site News - February 19, 2007


Hi All:

We have a wonderful new addition to our writing team, Aditi Simlai Tiwari.

Aditi was a full time journalist prior to quitting and becoming a full time home maker. She loves life and believes in living it to the fullest. After a long hiatus, she felt the desire to get back to work and direct her creative energies to new projects. Back at her work desk, she is now busy writing and editing. She will be contributing to AmericanInventorSpot.com as the Lifestyle Writer. read more »

Inventor Partnerships Can Be Made In Heaven (Sometimes)


Inventors need partners highly skilled in their fields, but flexible in their approach. Good listeners. Adventurers. Partners who create a plan for the product, not squeeze a product into a plan.
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Mothers of Invention Contest for Good Morning America


Good Morning America Weekend" kicked off its third annual Mothers of Invention Challenge today, in partnership with Mom Inventors, Inc.

Here are the details: read more »

Henkel is Looking for Household Innovation Ideas


Do you have a granted patent or a published patent application, or a registered and published utility model or design? - If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you are eligible to participate in the Henkel Innovation Trophy.

Henkel´s well-known brands are found in homes, retailers, and industry across North America. They include Dial® soap, Purex® laundry detergent, Renuzit® air fresheners, Soft Scrub® household cleanser, LA LOOKS®, Dep®, and got2bTM hair care products, Duck® brand duct tape, Loctite® adhesives, and LePage® adhesives. read more »

Oprah Has A Big Idea: She's Looking for Inventors


Want to be on Oraph and on QVC with your invention?

Oprah is on the search for the next Big Idea. Here's your chance to become a QVC success story. read more »