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What I Learned From...300


(c) Warner Bros.(c) Warner Bros.THIS IS SPARTA! If those three words haven't echoed through your family room over the last few weeks, you haven't been watching much TV. "300" is tops at the box office, with the highest March opening for a film ever. And while the movie itself, with its hyper-stylized violence and groteque baddies, may not be your cup of tea, within the movie is a message about being true to your vision and values, and not letting those be corrupted, no matter how great the reward...an important lesson for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking for their big break. So strap on that leather loincloth and grab your shield. In this latest installment of "What I Learned From..." we're going to Thermopylae. read more »

New Judges and Host for American Inventor Season Two ( 2007) Announced


According to the Associated Press , George Foreman will be a Judge on `American Inventor'. The "boxing great, ordained minister and grilling guru George Foreman just added another job to his resume: reality-TV judge. "

Foreman will be joined by former NBA executive Pat Croce, British businessman Peter Jones and undergarments entrepreneur Sara Blakely, creator of Spanx. The show's new host is Nick Smith. read more »

Pat Croce Announced as Judge on American Inventor Television Show 2007


According to the Philadephia Inquirer, Pat Croce is going prime-time as a Judge on American Inventor.

The newspaper states "The Villanova entrepreneur has been signed as one of four judges for the next season of ABC's American Inventor, according to a rep of FremantleMedia North America, which also produces American Idol." read more »

American Inventor Show 2 for 2007 - Audition Info Changed




PLEASE NOTE:
*The Los Angeles, Orlando, and Houston audition dates have changed.
*See city venues for location updates.


The auditions are scheduled to take place starting March 2007, in the following cities listed below:

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 18TH -
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA – 90015 read more »

TIPS For The TEAS Plus Trademark Application!


Yes, I know, "There's no such thing as the perfect trademark search." That's the favorite caveat of every searcher and trademark attorney (just in case they flub-up). But you and/or your professional search team have done the most thorough trademark search you could do... The time has come. File that trademark application!

I hope that the actual filing will not be anticlimactic for you, because the Trademark Office has made applying so easy with the new TEAS Plus application.

Still, I have a few tips to make it even smoother.... read more »

American Inventor 2 - Audition Update for 2007


The auditions for American Inventor are scheduled to take place starting March 2007, in the following cities listed below:

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 18TH -
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA – 90015
PARKING: Los Angeles Convention Center (See above address) - Cost: $12 per day.

More.. read more »

Los Angeles Audition Location for American Inventor Announced - Season Two 2007


AMERICAN INVENTORS OPEN CALL AUDITION DATE FOR LOS ANGELES HAS CHANGED FROM MARCH 19 TH TO MARCH 18 TH . THE LOS ANGELES VENUE LOCATION IS:

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015 read more »

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

More... read more »

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 »

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 »