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Staples Announces Invention Quest Semi-Finalists...Sort Of


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples has notified the semifinalists of the 2007 Invention Quest...sort of. In a clear attempt to generate more publicity for the 07 event, they have included this year a round of semi-semi-finalists, or "nominees" who get their names in local papers, but not much else. In this post, Tim Whitney leans on his experience as 2005 Invention Quest finalist to discuss why this may not be a good thing. Read on for the rest of the scoop on the 07 Invention Quest.
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Sign Ups for American Inventor Now Open


American Inventor provides an update to inventors interested in auditioning which says :

Thank You for Your Interest in American Inventor!!!

We would like to inform you that our website has been updated (please go to www.americaninventor.tv). read more »

Site News


Hi All:

We're pleased to announce the arrival of two new Featured Bloggers to our site:

The first is Mia Levine. Mia spent the last ten years in the high tech industry, but recently left the frenzy of the corporate world and traded it for the chaotic, yet gratifying world of raising, taming, and nurturing her two girls.  She’ll focus on innovative inventions for kids and parents. read more »

The second is Boomer Babe. Boomer Babe will be writing about cool new products for the gracefully aging boomer and the saucy senior. She has prepared editions of Handicapping Conditions and Related Services and Technology for the Handicapped for the U.S.Department of Education and various handbooks on disabling conditions for the National Institutes of Health. More...

Ten Things to Know About Pitching to American Inventor


This Sunday, on the LifeTime Television show Health Corner hosted by Leeza Gibbons, Jodi Pliszka, inventor of Headline-It and one of the top twelve finalist on the American Inventor television show, will be featured at 9:30 a.m. / 8:30 a.m. central. Please make sure to catch the show if you can.

Jodi Pliszka is our special Guest Blogger today. In anticipation of the upcoming auditions for Season Two of American Inventor, she had some helpful advice for inventors interested in auditioning.

Here's her article: read more »

Auditions for American Inventor Start March 2007


According to the official American Inventor Television Show website, the Auditions for American Inventor are scheduled to take place starting March 2007, in the following cities:

LOS ANGELES
SAN FRANCISCO

CHICAGO

NEW YORK

ORLANDO
HOUSTON

These auditions venues are going to be confirmed at a later date so please check back here at AmericanInventorSpot.com to get the latest information. More...

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How Do Inventors Go To Market? (Part 5) Become An Entrepreneur!


It's hard work being an inventor!It's hard work being an inventor!Patent, schmatent. You don't need one right now. You want to just get your idea to market! Ok. I am finally turning my attention to the entrepreneurs among you. I warn you I'm not letting you totally off the patent hook, but I sympathize with your impatience. Actually, my most successful products, those in the Nukkles® line, were marketed while I was in the patent process, and I used the money from their sales to pay for the patent! But whether you eventually decide to go for a patent or not, if you're serious about getting your product on the market, you will have to put on the entrenpreneur's cap sooner, I advise, rather than later. So, let's get started!
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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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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 »

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.

Here's his article: read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Everyday Edison Auditions in Washington D.C.


Bouncing Brain Productions is coming to Washington, D.C., to give the region’s residents the opportunity to do just that – to transform their ideas into real, marketable products through its new public television series, Everyday Edisons. read more »

Need Money? Fortune maybe your answer.


Hi all! We just got this in on our Inventors Forum.

DO YOU HAVE A DESIRE BUT NOT THE MONEY TO MAKE IT A REALITY?
WHAT IF YOU HAD ACCESS TO AMERICA'S MULTI-MILLIONAIRES?

NBC and the BBC Worldwide are proud to announce a primetime television event that will change the lives of everyday Americans. "FORTUNE" (working title - based on UK format) will bring together a distinguished panel of America's wealthiest philanthropists who join forces to make people's dreams come true. read more »

Our group of multi-millionaires will be presented with a variety of people who all have one thing in common: they need money. Hopefuls will take the stage for 60 seconds in the spotlight to tell the panel their story.

What You Need And Don't Need In A Patent Attorney


Don't Worry, There's A Big Net Down ThereDon't Worry, There's A Big Net Down ThereWould you jump blindfolded from a building because an ad-man tells you there will be a safety net below to catch your fall?

Perhaps this is too dramatic a scenario to demonstrate the importance of doing your own research before making any decisions. But so many of us make business decisions based on an advertisement or on the advice of a friend who’s had some personal dealings in the area. That information may be useful to you, but it should only be part of the big picture that is your own thorough research on the subject! read more »

Inventor News on Davison Design


George Davidson III and his company, Davidson Design and Development, Inc., has been in the news quit a lot recently. He's of particular interest in the Inventor community as a result of a lawsuit filed against them for misrepresenting its services to inventors.

On March, 2006, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ordered that Davison Associates, Inc. (now known as Davison Design and Development, Inc.), Manufacturer's Support Services, Inc., George M. Davison III, Gordon M. Davison, Barbara Miele-Davison to pay $26 million for misrepresenting its services to inventors. Davison Design has appealed the court's decision.

Forbes magazine has recently come out with an eye opening article called "Inside InventionLand"

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How Do Inventors Go To Market? Part 2: The Provisional Patent Application


There is an easier way to get started in the patent process than filing a full-blown utility patent application; it's called a Provisional Patent Application. It fits into both major marketing plans -- going direct to market or through the formal patent process -- it's not expensive, it offers a degree of protection against knockoffs, and it buys you time. But, it must be done very carefully so you don't ruin your chance of future success. Learn why you should file and how to make the best of your application.
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Making Your Pitch to a Company for the First Time


Roger's Super SleeverRoger's Super SleeverHave you decided to try to pitch your invention to a company?

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools, toys and a kitchen utensil. You can see some of his inventions at www.rogerbrown.net. He has graciously agreed to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com some valuable advice on how to prepare for your pitch.

Here's his article:

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It is surprising how much thought and time an Inventor will put into their idea and how little time they will put into how they are going to pitch it to a company. Your pitch matters as much as, if not more than the idea. If you can’t convey your product's benefits in a short and concise manner, you can kill your chances with a company. read more »

WARNING: For Our Inventors


We are having a problem blocking certain google advertisements on our site.

As we are work on certain technical issues with blocking scam companies from advertising on our site, please do a careful screen on any invention related company advertising on our site from the google ad programs before doing business with them.

We should have this issue resolved within the next few days.

We apologise for the problem. read more »