Advice for Inventors

Ideas Above My Station

I've gradually become aware, over the course of my last 500 or so ideas, that there are several modes of thinking from which ideas for inventions emerge.

Experiences, Our Best Invention Resources

Where does an inventor who wants to innovate, create and improve products seek out their best potential? Must we re-tool our thinking and change often? Where do our ideas come from and where do we look for them?

The Genius of Wile E. Coyote

There have been numerous Inventors throughout the ages that have helped push human progress to the next level. I want to discuss one such Inventor that has been sadly overlooked. His name is Wile E. Coyote.

Writing the Business Plan

To succeed in business, you must have a business plan. Business plans serve as the roadmap for your start-up. It also helps the entrepreneur view the economic viability of his proposed business by analyzing its various aspects.

Educating Your Market: The Problem With New Inventions

New inventions are difficult to market. Why? Because despite its many features designed to help the average Joe, in reality, you will always have to educate your target audience for your invention.

So You're an Inventor.. Can you be an Entrepreneur?

Just about anyone can have an idea. Not everyone, however, is an inventor. The truth is most people are just content to have their big idea sitting pretty in some cobwebbed portion of their brain--

Patent Pending in One Hour…Without An Attorney


Our Guest Blogger, Andrew Knight, J.D., is a Registered Patent Agent, graduate of MIT and Georgetown Law, university instructor, and owner and inventor of 13 issued U.S. patents and 15 pending patent applications. He is the instructor of Do-It-Yourself Provisional Patent™ and Do-It-Yourself Patent Course™, available at www.PatentDVD.com. He had some great advice about patent rights to share with readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article: read more »

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Patent rights begin when a patent issues on an invention, and the only way to get a patent is to file a nonprovisional patent application.

What to Do If You Think You Have Been Scammed By An Invention Submission Company


Dr. Natalie L. Petouhoff , our Guest Blogger, is a blonde rocket scientist. She consults with companies like Microsoft and Apple and is often asked to appear on TV talk shows commenting on technology and how it makes our life easier, better and simpler. Dr. Nat also teaches in Pepperdine's business school, coaches inventors and is the author of the upcoming book: Smart Inventors Finish Rich: Ten Steps to Reaching the American Dream.

She wanted to share some important information about the inventing process with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's her article:

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What to Do If You Think You Have Been Scammed By An Invention Submission Company

Why Invention Submission Companies Are Still In Business ...


Dr. Nat L. Petouhoff , our Guest Blogger, is a blonde rocket scientist. She consults with companies like Microsoft and Apple and is often asked to appear on TV talk shows commenting on technology and how it makes our life easier, better and simpler. Dr. Nat also teaches in Pepperdine's business school, coaches inventors and is the author of the upcoming book: Smart Inventors Finish Rich: Ten Steps to Reaching the American Dream.

She wanted to share some important information about the inventing process with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's her article:

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Why Invention Submission Companies Are Still In Business if they are NOT Really in the Business of Putting Your Product on the Marketplace

American Inventor: Who Is The Real Winner?





Every once in awhile, I run into a three-dimensional, walking, talking and, most of all, hard-working soul, who embodies the qualities that make inventors successful. This time it's Robert ("Bobby") Amore who, with his "Toner Belt," made it to the round-of-twelve in season one of American Inventor (ABC, 2006). Bobby just happens to be one of the few contestants from season one and two who has reached the mass market with his product... now being sold as the "Walk n' Burn." read more »

A Product Brand is Hard to Get and Essential to Keep


Branding is a challenge. Branding is about creating and spreading ideas, messages, and experiences.

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Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy.

Recently, he wrote an article on the importance of branding which we thought the readers of InventorSpot.com may enjoy. Here's his article: read more »

20 Things You Should Not Do Before Starting Your Business


Inventor Advice

Too often, many would-be entrepreneurs spend all of their time planning their corporate structure, getting all of the necessary permits, licenses, bank accounts, and doing all of the other minutiae of business before they actually figure out whether or not they actually have a product or service that someone will pay for. read more »

Amazing Inventions for the Year 2020 by Philips



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You may wonder where Philips Electronics, the company that makes reliable TV's, close shaving razors, and innovative light bulbs, is going these days, now that it's been recognized as a fashion innovator by Time Magazine. Experimenting with futuristic concepts, Philips is enlisting the public's involvement, an innovative strategy designed to beat the invention failure rate.

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The Importance of Getting a "Patent Pending" for Your Invention


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In the early 1980s, when my brother-in-law and I wanted to get our fishing accessory, The “Rod Floater” marketed and first attempted to do so through an invention company, they did not encourage us to apply for a patent. This was one of those red flags to look for that can tell you whether or not an invention company is legitimate or not. I

Entrepreneur Creates "Kinko's For Inventors!"





Most inventors dream of licensing their inventions to big companies and then sitting back and collecting their royalties. But for entrepreneurial inventors, the invention or idea is but a part of a large business plan. Maybe Jim Newton, founder of Tech Shop, didn't have a grand business plan when he started his own dream shop just a year ago, but he sure does now!

Read about what Jim Newton has created and about how he approaches his inventions... read more »