Advice for Inventors

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes - Part 1: Terminology

If you have an invention idea that you hope to bring to market, eventually it will need to be prototyped. A prototype is a model of the invention idea that allows the inventor to validate and “prove” their concept. Join Trident Design’s Founder, Chris Hawker, for part 1 of a multi-part series focused on turning big ideas into real products.

Branding: The Shield That Your Product Needs

If you want to increase your exposure and protect your product, branding is a key component in your marketing strategy. Things like consistency in the quantity and quality of products that are produced, producer name, company logo and byline bring a certain level of uniqueness that can distinguish your business from rival competitors. When engaging in both marketing and advertising, it is prudent to have all these qualities in place to maintain credibility to both clients and potential clients.

5 New Year's Resolutions Every Inventor & Product Developer Should Make

Nearly everyone has at least a dozen earth-shattering inventions up their sleeve.  At least that's what they believe. But most who want to run with their ideas and make them profitable end up wasting a lot of time, especially as novices, on ideas that are already on the market or that few others want.  It's important to work smart and fast as product developers so your focus is on the new, the needed, and the profitable.  Here are five New Year's Resolutions that will boost your efforts and your results.


Law 101 for Inventors: Legal Protection and Why You Need It

So you’ve come up with an original invention or idea, and now you're ready to go out into the world and make an impact with it. But before you can do that, you should think about the legal protection and measures that you need to set in place for your start-up.

Top 50 Legendary Success Quotes

Here's a compilation of 50 legendary success quotes to motivate you and inspire action. Contributing authors include Einstein, Edison, Picasso, Twain, Mandela, Nightingale, Churchill, Peale and other greats.

What I learned from the Inventors at the Minnesota Inventors Congress

I just came back from speaking at the Minnesota's Inventor's Congress (MIC). For those of you who don't know, the Minnesota Inventors Congress is one of the oldest and most established inventor trade shows in the country. And I have to say, I learned more from the inventors who attended MIC then I ever thought possible. It was so inspiring that I felt compelled to write this article and share.

First Step Toward Invention Success - Ignore The Naysayers!

As you begin your path toward bringing your invention to market, you might become keenly aware of how many naysayers suddenly show up in your life.   And when I say naysayers I mean people who don't share your vision, don't believe you can make things happen or let you know that for some reason or another you cannot actualize your invention dreams. 

The Search Is On At Google For Less Speed & More Reflection

Google, long known for it speed in serving up searches faster than a speeding bullet has of recent date been spending more time "thinking" than delivering results. From "Think with Google" a platform initiated in June, 2010 that generated  insightful and inspiring bite-size videos -  to the release of its first edition of "Think Quarterly" a 69-page dive into the world of data and its impact on business - Google is taking the scholarly high-road in analyzing and reflecting on today's digital landscape.

How Much Your Invention Idea Is Really Worth

You came up with a great new idea. Something that fixes a big problem that tons of people have. And something you think can make millions of dollars. And so you’re thinking that your idea is worth millions of dollars. If so, you probably don’t want to read on. Because, in my opinion, you invention is worth nothing.

Understanding the Buying Process at Major Retailers

If you’re new to the game of selling to major retailers, then you’re probably wondering how their buying processes work.   It’s a question that comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes.  And this important topic rarely gets discussed, so I thought I’d take a minute to review!

Bringing Your Inventions to Market in 2011!

Today I'd like to discuss the topic of Taking Action and bringing your inventions to market in 2011! I have been in contact with many inventors over the last year and it has been a wonderful experience.  However, I've noticed patterns in that many of you start moving toward your goals of bringing your inventions to market, and then somehow get stuck along the way.

The Batmobile Inspired Tank: Even In War, Life Imitates Art

Yes, of course, inspirations can come from anywhere. But is BAE Systems taking cartoon-mimicry just a little too far with its Batman-inspired tank?

Packaging Your Product For Major Retail Success

Packaging is essential to your success with Major Retailers.  Therefore, it is imperative that you spend more time and effort on packaging!  I've seen amazing product concepts not get realized by Major Retailers because of packaging. Truly, packaging can make or break a buyer's decision as to whether they buy your product or not.

Should I Manufacture or License My Invention?

I recently attended my local Inventors Association (Inventors Alliance in Northern California) and noticed that Inventors kept asking Andrew Krauss (President of Inventors Alliance) about the differences between Manufacturing and Licensing a product.  New Inventors were confused about what these terms meant and wanted to learn more about the factors to consider when deciding which way to go for their own product.  So I thought I'd take a minute to discuss both options as this comes up all of the time in my workshops and classes as well.

Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Get Rich Quick Schemes

Virtually any online get rich quick scheme that sounds too good to be true probably is. Some people are so eager to make quick money that they don't put in the due diligence to ensure a company is legit, and they end up getting scammed and losing their money.