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 He graciously agreed to share with readers of some valuable advice.

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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 »

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.


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?

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 »

Exclusive News About American Inventor TV Show - Season Two

Attention American Inventor TV show fans!

Here's some exclusive news about Season Two from


I think all of us have been waiting patiently to find out when auditions for Season Two of American Inventor would begin. In the past couple of months, we've heard lots of rumors about when the auditions would start. ABC has not officially announced a start date. However, we have finally been able to confirm from multiple sources that the current plans of the producers of American Inventor are to start auditions for Season Two in February, 2007.

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To Market, To Market: How Do Inventors Go? (Part 1)


Sometimes inventors are so excited when another person or a company is interested in their invention that they jump at the first opportunity that is offered to them. This can lead to later regrets, and I write from experience.

Who has your best interests at heart? Who wants your product to sell millions? Who knows your product best? If the answer is you, then you need to plan your best path to success with your invention. read more »

Idea Wins Contest - Looking for the Best Small Business Idea

Microsoft is sponsoring Idea Wins: the ultimate challenge to promote their new small business software, Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007. They are searching for the best small business idea. All you need to do is submit a Contest Submission Form. Your submission will be judged based on the following criteria: Originality, Marketing Approach, Financial and Logistical Feasibility and Public Interest. Contest ends January 31, 2007.
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Top Ten Lies of Inventors

What lies do you tell yourself? Are they helpful or hurtful? As an inventor, your lies they may be lethal.

Our Guest Bloggers, Tatsuya Nakagawa and Peter P. Roosen, are the co-founders of Atomica Creative . 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 have some valuable advice that they wanted to share with readers of

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Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part III)

Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congratulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 3 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 3: Selling on the Internet

Setting up a product website is vital in this day and age, but you will have to put in the time, set up links and advertisements to drive traffic to your site, which can quickly add up in cost. read more »

Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet (Part II)

Wade Sun, inventor of the Disc Eraser™, a top 30 finalist on the American Inventor TV show and a relatively new father (congradulations Wade), has written an article for us sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated while bringing his product to market.

Here's part 2 of a 3 part series on Bringing Your Product to Market - Selling on the Internet.

Part 2: Marketing and Sales

Unlike inventing, marketing is not an exact science. If you have followed my previous inventor’s article, the “13 Rules of Invention Success ”, you will greatly increase your chances in developing a great product. Using my product as a first-hand example, I have shared how to go from an idea, patenting, prototyping, and manufacturing in those articles. But exactly HOW do you sell a great product? read more »