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Inventor Success Stories That Inspire

People are funny. They hear stories of how ordinary people make millions of dollars from their simple product ideas and then chock it up to being ‘lucky’ or ‘being at the right place at the right time.’ But the truth is, luck is only part of it.

UC Berkeley Chemical Biologist Wins 'Oscar For Inventors'

An internationally known chemical biologist, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, researcher, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor, from the University of California at Berkeley, has won the most prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for $500,000, dubbed the 'Oscar for Inventors.'  This award recognizes individuals who translate their inventions and innovations into technologies that improve our world.

 

Time Magazine: Foursquare Is Narcissistic & Farmville Is A Time-Suck Addiction

Time Magazine, the legacy magazine long regarded as the hallmark for insightful lifestyle and cultural commentary seems to have missed the mark with its latest inventions rankings. In its "50 Worst Inventions," both Farmville and Foursquare are listed alongside "Smell-o-vision" and "Snuggies for Dogs" - a list that is distinguished by what Time describes as "the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb."

Confidentiality Agreements For Inventors Without A Patent

Learn when and when not to demand a confidentiality agreement from a manufacturer. You may not need a patent initially if you get the right company to consider your invention or new product idea.

Product for Profit: How To Sell Your Product - Book Review

For anyone interested in getting their products to major retailers, an easy to read, short book may be just what you need.  "Product for Profit: How to Sell Your Product, Invention or Craft to Major Retailers ... No Sales Experience or Existing Buyer Relationships Required!" by Karen Waksman is a step by step guide for the ordinary person trying to get their product into major retailers.

Top 10 Inventions Of 2010: Popular Science's 'Garage Invention' Awards

They are not on a salary or salary/incentive basis, paid by their companies to invent; they work alone, on their own or in small groups, generally in someone's garage or other part of the home. Popular Science recognizes the accomplishments of these independent inventors yearly in the June issue of its magazine.  Here are the 10 winning inventions...

 


Calling All Inventors! Tony Starck Invites You To Change The World

The Tony Stark Innovation Challenge invites you think big... very big.  Tony Stark wants you to 'create like the future of the world depends on you,' and then tell him about it.

Getting Your Invention Idea In The Door Without a Patent

You don't always need a patent to get your invention idea reviewed by a top company, and get it sold for cash.

Stanford Team Cleans Up $200,000 Winning MIT Clean Energy Prize

Three PhD students from Stanford University's chemical engineering program took $200,000 back to their new California business yesterday, after winning  MIT's Clean Energy PrizeC3Nano, a spin-off of Stanford's chemical engineering department, was started to commercialize their invention, and it could use the prize money to get things going!

 

Energy Saving & Environmental Inventions: Lessons Learned

Is now the time to make a ton of money on energy saving and environmental inventions?

Sealed Air Pops The Seal On Bubble Wrap Contest, 2009-2010

One of the yearly invention competitions that kids really get into is the Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors. Out of 2500 entries to the fourth Bubble Wrap contest, Sealed Air, the inventor and manufacturer of Bubble Wrap, has announced 3 finalists and 12 semi-finalists in the 2009-2010 competition.  The neat thing for kids and grownups is that you can make them yourselves!

Patent Applications Backed Up: So Are New Jobs

Switzerland slid past the U.S. to first place in the 2009 - 2010 Global Competitiveness Report, a biannual report published by the World Economic Forum.  There are many elements that contribute to a country's competitiveness, but the Forum puts a lot of emphasis, as it should, on innovation capacity.  If innovation capacity were the only factor, the U.S. probably would not make it to the top 20.

 


Can You Guarantee An Invention's Success? 6 Filters Help You Find The Best Ideas

There are a lot of great ideas out there, but it doesn’t mean they should all be pursued.  The challenge for innovators then, becomes identifying which ideas you should explore and why.  Here are 6 questions and issues, based on the experience of working with hundreds of innovative products, to help guide you to success.

When Should I Patent My Invention?

Do I really need a patent and when do I need to get a patent?  The answer to this question can save you lots of money and make big difference in your invention commercialization strategy.

Contact Lenses Correct Your Vision Overnight: PauneLens

Before I knew that you weren't supposed to sleep in your contact lenses, I did.  And boy, did it feel fantastic to open my moist eyes in the morning and see clearly without having to search for my specs. Now, a Spanish optometrist has patented a contact lense that can correct your vision problems. And he wants you to wear his lenses overnight!