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Our Books

Mailbox Money

Mailbox Money!
by
Barbara Russell Pitts and Mary Russell Sarao

A Step-by-Step Guide to Licensing your Invention for Royalties

  • Should you try to build a business for your invention or license it?
  • Where can you find potential licensees?
  • How do you get manufacturers to want to license your product?
  • How do you handle it if you cannot meet with potential licensees face-to-face?
  • How do you close the deal?
  • Why licensing was right for us and may be right for you!

What People are saying about Mailbox Money! . . .

"Barbara Pitts and Mary Sarao are a rarity among inventors. They've not only received patents for their innovative ideas, but have successfully blasted their inventions into the marketplace. Having navigated the licensing landscape to great success, Barbara and Mary have created a MUST-HAVE guide for all inventors and product creators seeking to create a huge and consistent inbound flow of Mailbox Money!" - Nick Romer, Bestselling Author of Make Millions Selling on QVC

"Mary and Barb have been helping independent inventors for years, and their lastest book, Mailbox Money! is worth its weight in gold. They have taken the area that causes the most trouble for inventors and have created a very understandable blueprint for success. I highly recommend this book to every independent inventor - it will absolutely increase your ability to profit from your inventions." - Randy Landreneau, President Complete Product Development

"Once again, Mary and Barb have compiled an excellent beginners book for the independent inventor. It's one that should be read and place in every library that has an IP section." - Richard J. Apley, Chief Patent Officer, Litman Law and former Director of the Office for Independent Inventors at the USPTO

Shoestring

Inventing On a Shoestring Budget!
by
Barbara Russell Pitts and Mary Russell Sarao

Insider Tips for Bringing Your Product to Market without Breaking the Bank!

  • How to maximize your chances for success!
  • Where to find free help!
  • How to pace your expenditures!
  • How to get the most out of your invention budget!
  • Whom you can trust and whom you can't!
  • Where to find money to help pursue your invention!
  • Tips for toy inventors!
  • Plus…almost $1000 dollars in coupons for discounts on essential inventor services!

What industry leaders have to say about Inventing on a Shoestring Budget! . . .

"This book is a MUST HAVE for every inventor's bookshelf and workshop. In my 35 years of dealing with inventors, this is the one to read." - Ronald E. Brown, President Patent Search International

"I think that the book is a 'must read' for independent inventors, especially for those with a minimum of inventing experience and also, for those that want to do as much of the process as possible to save money. I think that inventor groups across the country would be wise to promote the book to their members as the easy-to-read book provides basic and essential inventing knowledge from concept to market/licensing." - George Burkhardt Inventor, Technology Advocates of San Antonio

"Inventing on a Shoestring Budget! ™ tells the inventor, in simple language, how to evaluate an idea, how to protect it, and how to get it to market without going broke. The book tells inventors where they can cut corners and where they mustn't, where to find trusted cost-effective resources and how to steer clear of 'get rich quick' scams. Inventing on a Shoestring Budget!™ is the essential resource for every successful inventor." - Alan Beckley, Business Consultant, SBDC of Plano, TX Former President, Texas Inventors' Association Inventor, Savvy Caddy®

"As with your previous book, The Everything Inventions & Patents Book, I have found this book exceedingly reader friendly and inventor helpful. It nails the issues squarely and to the point, while maintaining a very supportive and 'can-do' tone, which all of us need to hear, especially when the going gets rough." - Carol Oldenburg Administrator, United Inventors Association

"The 'Sisters of Inventing' have really done it this time! Barbara Pitts and Mary Sarao have reduced the complex world of inventing down to a series of practical steps that anyone could follow. At every step, they give crucial information on how to proceed in the most economical way – and you'll be surprised how little money is needed. Inventing on a Shoestring Budget! i s an amazing piece of work that I highly recommend to anyone who is or wants to be an inventor." - Randall Landreneau President, Final Phase Product Placement Former President, Tampa Bay Inventor's Council

 

Everything

The Everything Inventions & Patents Book
by
Barbara Russell Pitts and Mary Russell Sarao

This handy, accessible book gives you all you need to know to move forward with your great idea.

  • Developing your idea into a bankable product or service
  • Understanding patent law
  • Filling out a patent application
  • Creating a sales and marketing strategy
  • Getting your invention noticed

The Everything Inventions & Patents Book is the only resource you need for creating and protecting your idea, your investment and your future.

Available at local bookstores and on Amazon!

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GOOD NEWS! We now have a You Tube channel where you can see and hear us answer your questions. So far we have posted answers to questions about licensing from a talk we gave to a California group a few years ago. In the coming days and weeks we will post You Tube Videos on the wide range of subjects we discuss on our website and in our books. Subscribe to our channel now and you will always have the latest information from us! Our You Tube videos are also part of our kindness chain and we will never charge for any of the information we provide. Our You Tube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZmWyeRyXM5XI-Z_hrFJig

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Books By Others



Free Publicity
by
Jeff Crilley

A start-to-finish publicity guide written by a working journalist instead of a PR person. Jeff Crilley, an Emmy Award winning reporter, shares secrets from inside a newsroom that even some PR pros don't know.

Jeff Crilley is an Emmy Award winning reporter who's work has aired nationally on The Fox News Channel, CNN, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, The Discovery Channel and Court TV.

He's been beating the streets as a reporter for more than two decades and is a popular speaker on the subject of Free Publicity

 



How to License Your Million Dollar Idea
by
Harvey Reese

This TURN YOUR GREAT IDEA INTO A GREAT BIG FORTUNE...

In How to License Your Million Dollar Idea, Second Edition, Harvey Reese, a successful new product developer, consultant, and licensing agent, reveals his system for creating commercially profitable ideas and his secrets for turning them into lucrative licensing agreements. Not only will you find nuts-and-bolts information on the licensing process, youll also learn how to formulate an idea and find the motivation to grow that idea into a fortune.

 



Make Millions Selling On QVC
by
Nick Romer

Make Millions Selling on QVC is more than just a guide to getting you and your products in front of millions of potential customers; it's an inside look at how the largest television retailer in the world operates. The information and advice found throughout these pages will give you a distinct edge in this competitive business and allow you to exceed your professional expectations and enjoy the success you deserve.

  • Find or create hot products
  • Pitch your product for QVC acceptance
  • Prepare for your big moment on TV
  • Maintain a long-term relationship with QVC
  • Add easy money to your bottom line
  • Look beyond QVC and focus on other ways to drive your success
  • And much more

Inventor's Workshop - How to Develop and Market Your Inventions

by Bob Schmidt

Practical guide showing inventors how to develop, prototype, protect and market their inventions. Bob is an engineer with over 25 years experience developing and marketing products. He used his corporate and entrepreneurial experience to develop this step by step guide to help fellow inventors develop their products using a "boot strapping" approach. This helps inventors to successfully develop and market their inventions without breaking the bank. It includes several inventors resources as well as details on companies looking for new products. Inventor's Workshop is a "take action" guide to turning your ideas into successful products.

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DVD

Invention 101 DVD By Randy Landreneau, former President of the Tampa Bay Inventors Council.

This DVD covers inventing from A to Z. All of the things you need to know as an inventor are fully explained, and there are many real-life examples. Additionally, Invention 101 covers key changes in our patent system from The America Invents Act, when these changes go into effect, and how to operate before and after the changes. Cost $29.95 plus $5.00 priority shipping. Go to www.completeproductdevelopment.com.

Free E-Books
Super Easy Guide to Step-by-Step Patent Searching Online

Did you try to do an online patent search but found the process difficult and confusing? Many people have written to us complaining about how un-user friendly the USPTO website is to novice inventors. We have the answer! We have compiled a very complete simple-to-understand guide for doing an online patent search. It tells you how to navigate your way around the site to find the very information you need in an easy to understand step-by-step way.

After you have your GREAT idea, the first thing you must do is a preliminary patent search to be certain that it has not been patented previously. This is a MUST HAVE guide for novice inventors! Get it now and get started!

We offer this guide FREE . . . our gift to you! We hope it helps you to protect your great idea. If you would like to receive your copy click on the link listed below.

Download Patent Searching Guide

Create a Compelling Presentation

You have your prototype, your patent has been granted or is in progress and you are ready to present your product to prospective licensees. What now? We offer the ultimate guide to preparing a compelling presentation. It provides you with the format, the step-by-step instructions, the questions to ask and answer and a sample successful presentation. (The sample we include got two large manufacturers in a bidding war for the invention!) Make your presentation the BEST it can be!  It could make the difference between having your product licensed, or not. If you would like to receive your copy click on the link below.

Download Compelling Presentations

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Toys and Games
Two legitimate toy agents we know of are:

Mary Ellroy of Gamebird (www.gamebird.biz), and
Mike Marra of Marra Design (www.marradesign.com)

International Council of Toy Industries
www.toy-icti.org

World Toy Facts & Figures
www.toy-icti.org/publications/wtf&f_2001/01.html

Dr. Toy
www.drtoy.com

Toy Directory
www.toydirectory.com

The Bloom Report
www.thebloomreport.com/frameset_report.html

Women in Toys
www.womenintoys.com

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General Links

Small Business Resource - This site offers valuable information on running and managing a business. If you plan to build a business around your invention you should check this site out!

Inventors Blog!

One Stop Invention Shop This blog has a wealth of information. When you are seeking licensing information be sure to read Don Debelak's marketing article, Industry Insiders Can Give Your Product a Quick Start.

Crowd Funding!

There are now several sources for crowd funding (where a lot of people invest a small amount in your invention instead of a few people investing a lot. . . plus you retain full ownership of your company. It is FREE to list your product when you follow their guidelines. The most popular of these is Kickstarter.com. Others are indiegogo.com and gofundme.com.

 

 

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Patent Searching Links


***Avviso Intellectual Property Services - Registered patent agent, Jeffrey Roddy, performs professional patent searches for clients as well as writing and prosecuting patents. His charge for a basic search is around $400.00. The cost may vary slightly depending on the complexity of your invention. You may contact him at jroddy@avviso.net or 214 543-2118. (My sister and I use Jeff for all our searches and have been very pleased with his thoroughness and his legal opinion of patentability.) Jeffrey works with inventors all over the country. *** This is our preferred provider for thorough patent searches! We receive absolutely nothing in return for this referral, just the knowledge that you will be in good hands.



Google now has a  user-friendly patent search engine that you can find at www.google.com/patents. Leave it to Google to come up with an easier way to search patents! Hooray!

Delphion is a great site for conducting an international patent search. www.delphion.com

This is a You Tube on the patent process as explained by a patent attorney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dMf0fV4gqM.

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Patent Links
24/7 Patent & Trademark Information line provided by Straussberger & Price of San Antonio. The number is (210) 250 6027. The information provided (i.e. the 12 most common misconceptions about patents) is well worth the cost of the telephone call.

Intellectual Property Law Server This helpful website allows you to ask questions to patent attorneys and patent agents through their forums. Very helpful! Check it out!

Need professional help writing your patent on your relatively simple invention but money is an issue? Try Quick Patents. Contact them by clicking here. They may be able to save you thousands of dollars on your patent.

Need a good patent attorney? We personally recommend:

Robert Wise, current President of the Texas Inventors' Association 972 548-9727 wisepatents@sbcglobal.net Bob is a great attorney who worked as a patent examiner for the USPTO for more than 20 years! He is extremely dedicated to helping independent inventors.

Need a referral to a patent agent? We personally recommend:

Jeffrey Roddy can be reached at jroddy@avviso.net or 214 543-2118. This is the patent agent we use.

We also recommend Joe Page. You can reach him at www.integrityip.com or through www.patentagentunitedstates.com.

Patent Pro - Creates the patent application for you.  It even helps you write the claims like a seasoned patent attorney! • Guides you through the patent process automatically. Generates all your forms and helps you to prepare drawings. Contains all the materials needed to file your own complete patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Use it over and over again to file additional patent applications. Unlike other patent software that prepares only a provisional application, a patent application prepared with PatentPro is reviewed by a trained Examiner at the Patent Office who conducts a prior art search for you.  Filing an application with PatentPro is the only way to secure real patent protection and stake your claim. Only $299.00!  This is a huge savings over Attorneys that charge $5,000 per application.

Patent Hunter - This is a must-have for serious inventors.  This software program, created by U. S. Patent Attorney Michael S. Neustel, allows you to download multiple patents at the same time from the USPTO database.   You now have patents and images available for viewing at your convenience. 

Patent Wizard . This software, created by U. S. Patent Attorney Michael S. Neustel, lets independent inventors prepare and file provisional patent applications that look like they were done by an attorney (a real plus with the USPTO!)

This is an excellent article written by patent attorney, Alan Thiele. You would be wise to take the time to read it before engaging a patent attorney

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH A PATENT ATTORNEY

Those unfamiliar with the process of applying for and obtaining a patent in the United States often believe that all U.S. Patents are the same and that once obtained a U.S. Patent is the key to riches.  Neither of these two ideas are correct. 
The quality of a U.S. Patent and thus, its value is ultimately the responsibility of the inventor…NOT the patent attorney, and NOT the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Most new inventors have no understanding that there are many low quality or low value patents and that there are fewer high quality or high value patents.  If the intent of the inventor is either to license or sell the rights to their invention, then a patent closer to the high value end of the scale is extremely important.  On the other hand, if the inventor simply wants to associate his or her name with an invention, then a low quality patent may suffice.  Thus, before ever contacting a patent attorney, the inventor should think through the ultimate need for a patent.
At this point in the article, it may be helpful to the reader to briefly describe what characterizes a high quality or high value patent and what characterizes a low quality or low value patent.  For most first time inventors, the answer is the breadth of the claim coverage.  The claims are the strangely worded numbered paragraphs at the end of an issued U.S. Patent.  While not always literally true, a general rule of thumb is that short claims (think number of words) with simple words are high quality or high value claims.  The opposite is generally true.  Long claims with complex words or phrases often characterize low quality or low value claims.  The best way to predict the type of claims that may be available is to do a patentability search.  If a search reveals that other inventors have made the same or similar inventions, then only low quality or low value claims will be obtainable now matter how well a patent application is written.
For most inventors, the question should be how to obtain high quality or high value claims.  The answer to this question is the relationship between the inventor and his or her patent attorney – something which every new inventor should work carefully to establish.  This article is written to set new inventors on the right path.
The first step is selecting a patent attorney.  The selected patent attorney should either have an educational background or experience writing patent applications describing inventions generally the same as the invention to be protected.  Since most patent attorneys do not advertise their technical specialties or experience, plan to interview a variety of different patent attorneys.  Choose one with the needed experience and one with whom one can easily communicate.
Do not expect your patent attorney to ask all the right questions to prepare the best patent application for your invention.  Rather, do your homework.  First, endeavor to think about all the ways your invention can be used.  For many inventors, this is difficult because once an inventor has solved a problem with an invention, oftentimes after spending a lot of time and doing a lot of experiments, thinking of the invention in another context is not easy as more thinking and experimentation will be required.  For those who just cannot take this next step – GET HELP!  There are money professional researchers and college students who can provide a new inventor with excellent information about an invention or suggestions regarding how an invention can be used.  It cannot be over-emphasized how important it is to know as much as possible about one’s invention and the work of others before ever meeting with a patent attorney to begin the process of preparing a patent application.  Many patent attorneys begin their work by doing their own search to learn more about an invention.
Many inventors learn about their inventions by asking others what they think or what can be done to improve an invention.  Some new inventors are fearful that the process of talking about their invention will lead to a theft of their invention.  The beginning inventor should realize that this rarely happens.  If theft of an invention is a realistic concern, consider the filing of a Provisional U.S. Patent Application or the use of a confidentiality agreement.  Since research and gathering information can be a long process, experienced inventors typically keep one or more inventor’s notebooks full of their own thoughts and questions, the thoughts and questions of others, and the results of their research.  Not only will such a notebook serve to improve one’s relationship with a patent attorney, but it may also be the source of reliable business contacts when the time comes to license or sell an invention.  And, because many inventors don’t know what they don’t know, asking questions leads to more questions which improves one’s knowledge about an invention and the chances that an invention can become a product which provides income for an inventor.  Once all of this information has been gathered, the time has come to begin working with a selected patent attorney.
A quality patent attorney should conduct a thorough interview full of questions about the problem solved by the invention, the preferred construction of the invention along with other ways to construct the invention, as well as probing questions about how the invention is used.  A quality patent attorney should be receptive to learning all that there is to know about an invention.  Some patent attorneys will also request additional information heretofore not considered by the inventor.  The more that a patent attorney understands an invention, its environment of use, ways of constructing or using an invention, the better will be the quality of the resulting patent application.
Despite the preparation for and the meeting with a selected patent attorney to initiate the process of filing a patent application, the patent attorney rarely gets the description of the invention exactly right.  This is because only the inventor knows and understands the subtleties of an invention.
Once a patent attorney has prepared a draft patent application for review, take advantage of this opportunity.  Do a hyper-critical review!  Ask questions about anything that appears to be uncertain or may be in error.  If you don’t get an answer that you understand, ask again.  Remember that the ultimate responsibility for the quality of a patent resides with the inventor.  Some patent attorneys will actually ask that an inventor come in to review a patent application together with the inventor.  If a patent attorney does not offer this service – ask for it!  Such joint review of a patent application often produces new features of an invention or crystallizes ideas about an invention in addition to clearing up inadvertent misunderstandings.  Some patent attorneys are reluctant to do a joint review of the claims at the end of a draft patent application.  Ask for an explanation of the patent attorney’s strategy in building the set of claims and the patent attorney’s strategy in selecting the words and phrases used in the claims.  Discuss alternatives ways the claims could be written.  Never, ever let a patent application be filed without assuring that everything is as it should be.  Once a patent application has been filed, some corrections are very difficult to make under the Patent Office Rules of Practice.
Every inventor should ask to be kept informed and consulted regarding all communication from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Similarly, the inventor should keep his or her patent attorney informed about all major changes affecting an invention.  Communication between an inventor and his or her patent attorney should be a continuous process – NOT a set it and forget it arrangement.
Second in importance to the preparation of the original patent application is the preparation of a response (often called an Amendment) to the First Office Action.  Insist on receiving the First Office Action as soon as it is received.  If you don’t understand what is contained in the First Office Action ask that it be explained to you.  The First Office Action and the response thereto set the tone for the remainder of the prosecution of a U.S. Patent Application.  Understand each Objection, Rejection or Requirement contained in the First Office Action and ask your patent attorney how each Objection, Rejection or Requirement will be met.  Ask to review a draft of the Response to the First Office Action.  Again, be hypercritical!  Do not let a response to a First Office Action be submitted until its contents have been reviewed and understood.  Concessions made to a Patent Examiner in a response to a First Office Action are difficult to undo.
In the prosecution of many patent applications there will be a Second (sometimes designated as Final) Office Action.  Again, this Second Office Action may contain Objections, Rejections and Claims; however, the rules regarding responses are more restrictive than the rules which govern the responses to First Office Actions.  Again, be sure to understand the contents of a Second Office Action and the response that your patent attorney plans to submit to the Second Office Action.
Until a Notice of Allowance is received to one or more of the pending claims, stay involved in the prosecution of your patent application and ask for an explanation of what is happening and why.  If there is not a meeting of the minds with your patent attorney on how to prosecute your patent application and how to argue for an allowance of the pending claims, the time may have come for the inventor to find another patent attorney.  The Rules of Practice which govern the prosecution of patent applications provide alternative routes through the patent application prosecution process.  Ask your patent attorney for an explanation of the options available to you and the costs associated with each choice.
When the patent application process is complete (when all of the desired claims in a patent application have been allowed by a Patent Examiner), it is important to review the allowed claims in great detail.  Understand the reasons supporting the use of the words and phrases in the allowed claims.  Sometimes, conditions may have changed and the words and phrases in an allowed claim may no longer provide any value to the inventor.  Remember that the quality and the value of an issued patent are determined by words and phrases which appear in the allowed claims.  All of the rest of an issued patent provides support and explanation for the words and phrases used in the allowed claims.  If you do not understand the foregoing sentence, read it again or be sure to have someone explain it to you.  Not understanding the importance of the claims in a U.S. Patent can cost you a lot of money.
If others show an interest in an invention described in a U.S. Patent, the amount of money to be paid relates directly to the quality or the value of the U.S. Patent – or as you should have learned above, the quality of the claims appearing at the end of the U.S. Patent.  If there is an issued U.S. Patent on an invention, an inventor can expect that the claims will be reviewed in great detail by a prospective assignee or licensee.  Expect the need to defend the quality or the value of the claims appearing at the end of a patent counsel for a prospective assignee or licensee.  Remember that all of the Office Actions and the responses thereto which resulted in a U.S. Patent become part of a publicly available record called the prosecution history.  Whenever a U.S. Patent is reviewed by counsel for a prospective assignee or licensee, each document in the prosecution history will be reviewed in great detail.
Some patent attorneys understand the process of writing and negotiating an agreement transferring the rights to an invention.  Many do not.  Before asking your patent attorney for help in writing or negotiating a agreement transferring the rights to an invention, ask if the attorney has experience in writing and negotiating such agreements.  And, just like in the preparation and prosecution of a patent application, stay deeply involved and question whatever is not understood.
Many inventors are happy to just think up and new ideas and play with building and testing new products.  These inventors usually expect others to do all of the paperwork for them.  It is these same inventors who are disappointed when they obtain patents of questionable value and have difficulty in obtaining a contract to transfer their invention to a manufacturer and/or marketing company.  Get help if you need it!  Inventing and turning an invention into income is a serious and complex business.
It is NOT the purpose of this article to discourage beginning inventors from pursuing their creative ideas and dreams of success.  Rather, the purpose of this article is just the opposite.  Many inventors swear off inventing  because of not getting off to the right start and not taking the proper steps between and an idea and income from their idea.  Be Careful!  Stay Informed!  Keep Asking Questions!  Insist on Getting Answers!

 

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Prototype Links


How to Make Plastic Prototypes
Randall Landreneau, the former president of the Tampa Bay Inventor's Council has developed an ideal method for creating plastic prototypes inexpensively. After watching his video you will be able to produce professional prototypes on your own with very basic tools and no more expertise and knowledge than that which you will learn from the video. This video is a must for every inventor!

Price: $29.00 plus $5.00 priority shipping

Call: (888) 447-9031

www.plasticprototypes.net

Randy can also help you by making inexpensive, yet great looking plastic prototypes of your invention. Call him at (888) 447-9031 to get an estimate.

Professional Prototypers

 

Need Help Developing Your Invention?
Do you have a great invention idea but don't know where to get started? Creative Edge Products is a Product Development company dedicated to bringing your idea to life using quality engineering and industrial design services. Click here to contact John Woellner.

Virtual Prototyping
When the cost of making an actual prototype is prohibitive virtual prototyping is an excellent alternative. Virtual prototyping consists of 3D CAD animated drawings that illustrate what your product would look like from every angle. If there are working parts to your invention they demonstrate how the parts work.

Jason Mitchell, is a mechanical engineer who is available to assist with designing and building your prototype.  He will provide a signed non-disclosure agreement to protect your idea.  He can also assist you with starting your own business and creating your own website to sell your invention.

Majority of payment is usually not due until after the prototype has been completed, but depends on your situation.  Visit www.jaybirdengineering.com to get started today!

 

Wonik Corporation USA

If you have an Invention and have no idea where to start, Wonik USA is the solution for you! With over 50 years importing and networking with Asian Manufactures; we can assemble a prototype, manage mass production, and be your warehouse and distributor for no upfront money!! We have launched numerous products with our inventors and are ready to help you build your dreams. We do NOT license inventions; we help people that want to build their own Companies. We also design and import machinery for USA manufacturing. If you want to learn more, feel free to call me personally at 630-694-8549

Christian Cairy
Sales Manager
Wonik Corporation USA
1164 Tower Lane, Bensenville, Il 60106
Chrisc@wonikcorpusa.com
www.Wonikcorpusa.com

 

 

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Invention Evaluation Links

 

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (www.uww.edu/wisc/)
The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors. Since 1980, WISC has researched the viability of over 6,000 projects. Technical experts and researchers use an extensive array of resources to analyze information on technical feasibility, existing patents, market size, competitive intensity, demand trends, and other areas. WISC’s research products cover product feasibility, competitive intelligence, distributor assessment, customer satisfaction, and licensing partnerships.

Walmart’s Innovation Institute (www.innovation-institute.com)
This website offers an inexpensive product evaluation service.

I2 Innovation Institute - This service is provided by Southwest Missouri University.


Canadian Innovation Centre - The Canadian Innovation Centre (CIC) is Canada's leading organization dedicated to assisting inventors and innovative companies. Our range of services includes invention evaluation, technology due diligence, market research, and education programs.

Invention Evaluator - www.inventionevaluator.com Invention Evaluator offers a systematic and objective assessment on the technical merits and challenges, the intellectual property that may be protectable, and the commercial potential of your invention. Developed as a proprietary tool to assist in the commercial analysis of university technology in the fields of IT, engineering, physical science and life science, our reports may also benefit the independent inventor. Phone: +61 2 9544 4298 (located in Australia but serving inventors all over the world).

 

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Marketing Links
Inventright has a new page listing companies that license products from independent inventors! It is broken down by category of invention. Click on this link then scroll down the page to the directory of companies.

Joan Lefkowitz's - Accessory Brainstorms
Accessory Brainstorms is now offering one-on-one Consultation Services for inventors of fashion and beauty accessory products who need individualized advice. Accessory Brainstorms is a licensing and marketing agency for Fashion/Beauty Accessory and Lifestyle Inventions, and was an original marketer of TopsyTail™. Some of their recent product launch successes include the REM Spring hair removal tool, Hollywood Fashion Tapes, Miss Oops, and Lumbarwear. With 20+ years in the business, the company has the insider knowledge and experience to guide clients through the invention process, whatever their needs may be and at whatever stage they are at.

Contact: Elisabeth Llaudon, 45 East 89th Street (Ste. 11E), NYC, NY 10128, E-mail: contact@accessorybrainstorms.com

or call 212 289-1010


Pelham West - They are unique product scouts because they find new products for manufacturers.  As a result they are paid by the manufacturer, not the inventor.  They have been especially successful in the hardware and tools category but work in a wide range of the market.

Email: info@pelhamwest.com

Finding the Source for Nearly any Product - by Dane
Have you ever been to a specialty store and seen something you thought might sell well in your business? But maybe you wondered how to find the wholesale product source for it? Here’s a way to find out the wholesale product source for just about any product.

Look at the UPC Label. Nearly every product on the market is labeled with this code. If you’re not sure what a UPC Code looks like, About.com has a write-up on UPCs here.

Write down the first 6 numbers of the UPC Code (or enter them in your PDA). When you get back to the home office, get on the web. The Uniform Code Council maintains a free reverse lookup website, where you can type in those numbers and VOILA! It will show you the primary supplier (with address) for that item.

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Manufacturing Links
Thomas Register - Listings of manufacturers according to the types of items they manufacture.  Available in a 20 volume set at some public libraries and in a more limited version online.  When you are ready to locate possible licensees this is one of the first places you should visit.

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Offshore Manufacturing Links

Rofe Group, Inc.
Erik Rofe, CEO
10 Stone Hill Court
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Tel: 908 850 8422

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Inventor Clubs and Associations
If If your club is not listed here please notify us so that we may include it. If your club contact information has changed please let us know so that we can keep this list as up-to-date as possible. The following list is in alphabetical order by State. Canadian clubs are listed at the bottom of the list. Thank you!

Alabama    
Alabama Inventors Club
Anderson, AL 35610
Tel: 256 229 5551
Tel: 256 331 5270
Email: francisco@snowmasters.com
Invent Alabama
Alabaster, AL 35077
Tel: 866 745 6319
 
     
Alaska    
     
     
Arizona    
Arizona Inventors Association
Glendale, AZ 85312
Tel: 800 229 6787
Email: exdir@azinventors.org
Web: www.azinventors.org
   
     
Arkansas    
Arkansas Inventors' Network
Littlerock, AR 72215
Tel: 501 247 6125
Email: chad@collinsconsultinginc.com
Web: www.arkansasinvents.org
Inventors Congress, Inc.
Tel: 501 229 4515
 
     
California    
Inventors Forum
Huntington Beach, CA 99264
Tel: 714 540 2491
Tel: 562 464 0069
Web: www.inventorsforum.org
Inventors Alliance - Mountain View
Mountain View, CA 94039
Tel: 650 964 1576
Email: president7@inventorsalliance.org
Web: www.inventorsalliance.org
InventNET Forum
Stanton, CA 90680
Email: info@inventnet.com
     
Contra Costa Inventors Club
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Tel: 510 934 1331
San Diego Inventors Forum
San Marcos, CA 92069
Tel: 760 591 9608
Email: asquared@cts.com
Web: www.sdinventors.org
Bruce Sawyer Center
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Tel: 707 524 1773
Email: sbdc1@ap.net
     
Invention Accelerator Workshop
San Diego, CA 92127
Tel: 858 451 1028
Email: sdinventor@gmail.com
Inventors Alliance - Northern California
Redding, CA 96001
Tel: 530 241 5222
Tel: 530 241 8427
Email: sagn@charter.net
Web: www.inventorsnorcal.org
Idea to Market Network
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Tel: 800 ITM 3210
Email: sidnee@ap.net
Web: www.ideatomarket.org
     
Colorado    
Rocky Mountain Inventors' Association
Denver, CO 80222
Tel: 303 831 4133
Email: joshua@amanagementgroup.com
Web: www.rminventor.org
   
     
Connecticut    
  Danbury Innovators
Danbury, CT
Tel: 203 426 4205
Email: lambest2@juno.com
Innovators Guild
Danbury, CT 06811
Tel: 203 790 8235
Email: rfaulkner@snet.net
     
Inventors Association of Connecticut
Rowayton, CT 06853
Tel: 203 866 0720
Email: iact@inventus.org
Web: www.inventus.org
   
     
Delaware    
Early Stage East
Wilmington, DE 19806
Tel: 302 777 2460
Email: info@earlystageeast.org
Delaware Entrepreneurs Forum
Tel: 302 652 4241
 
     
District of Columbia    
Inventors Network of the Capital Area
Annandale, VA 22003
Tel: 703 203 2710
Email: info@dcinventors.org
Web: www.dcinventors.org
   
     
Florida    
Inventors Society of South Florida
Delray Beach, FL 33482
Tel: 973 219 9627
Email: info@inventorssociety.net
Web: www.inventorssociety.net
Edison Inventors Association, Inc.
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
Tel: 239 267 9746
Email: drghn@aol.com
Web: www.edisoninventors.org
 
     
Inventors Council of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32806
Tel: 407 859 4855
Email: drdavidflinchbaugh@bellsouth.net
Palm Isles Inventors Group
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Tel: 561 739 9259

Tel: 561 739 9439
Space Coast Inventors Guild
Indian Harbor Beach, FL 32937
Tel: 321 773 4031
Tel: 321 506 3896
Email: del@nc-9.com
     
Tampa Bay Inventors Council
Largo, FL 33770
Tel: 727 548 5083
Email: goodharbinger@yahoo.com
Web: www.tbic.us
   
     
Georgia    
Inventor Association of Georgia, Inc.
Marietta, GA 30062
Tel: 404 323 8686
Web:
   
     
Hawaii    
Hawaii-International Inventors Association, Inc.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: 808 523 5555
Email: sakodaesq@aol.com
   
     
Idaho    
East Idaho Inventors Forum
Tel: 208 346 6763
Email: wordinjj@ida.net
   
     
Illinois    
  Inventors' Council
Tel: 312 939 3329
Email: patent@donmoyer.com
Web: www.donmoyer.com
Illinois Innovators & Inventor's Club
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Tel: 618 656 7445
Email: inventorclub@yahoo.com
Web: ilinventor.tripod.com
     
Indiana    
Indiana Inventors Association
Fishers, IN 46037
Tel: 317 842 8438
Email: dzedonis@comcast.net
   
     
Iowa    
Iowa Inventors Group
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410
Tel: 206 350 6035
Email: info@iowainventorsgroup.org
Web: www.iowainventorsgroup.org
Drake University Inventure Program
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tel: 515 271 2655
 
     
Kansas    
Inventors Association of South Central Kansas
Wichita, KS 67205
Tel: 316 721 1866
Email: inventor@inventkansas.com
Web: www.inventkansas.com
Kansas Association of Inventors
Hoisington, KS 67544
Tel: 316 653 2165
Email: clayton@hoisington.com
 
     

 

 

   
     
Kentucky    
Inventors Association of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky
Tel: 615 681 6462
Email: inventorsassociation@hotmail.com
Web: www.iamt.us
Central Kentucky Inventors Council, Inc.
Lexington, KY 40517
Email: donskaggs@ckic.org
Web: www.ckic.org
 
     
Lousiana    
Louisiana Inventors Association
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Tel: 225 752 3783
Email: info@recyclecycle.com
International Society of Product Design Engineers/Entrepreneurs
Oberlin, LA 70655
Tel: 337 639 2409
Email: rwhitf1754@aol.com
 
     
Maine    
Portland Inventors Forum- Dept Industrial Co-op
Orono, ME 04469
Tel: 207 581 2201
Email: jsward@maine.edu
Web: www.umaine.edu/dic
   
     
Massachusetts    
Cape Cod Inventors Association
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Tel: 508 349 1628
Email: cdwbauer@msn.com
Greater Boston Inventors Association
Pepperal, MA 01463
Tel: 978 433 2397
Email: crholt@aol.com
Web: www.inventne.org
Innovators Resource Network
Shutesbury, MA 01072
Tel: 413 259 2006
Email: info@irnetwork.org
Web: www.irnetwork.org
     
Worcester Area Inventors
Upton, MA 01568
Tel:508 529 3552
Tel:508 791 0226
Email: swcei@aol.com
Inventors Association of New England
Lexington, MA 02420
Tel: 781 274 8500
Email: rhausslein@rcn.com
Web: www.inventne.org
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance
Hadley, MA 01035
Tel: 413 587 2172
Email: info@nciia.org
Web: www.nciia.org
     
Michigan    
Inventors' Council of Mid-Michigan
Lennon, MI 48449
Tel: 810 659 6416
Email: msovis@comcast.net
Web: www.inventorscouncil.org
InventorEd, Inc.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Tel: 810 936 4356
Email: rjriley@InventorEd.org
Web: www.rjriley.com/icmm
The Enterpreneur Network
Ann Arbor, MI 48113
Tel: 734 663 8000
Email: edzimmer@TENonline.org
Web: www.tenonline.org
     
Muskegon Inventors Network
Muskegon, MI 49441
Tel: 866 719 1290
Email: orvilles@comcast.net
Web: www.muskegoninventorsnetwork.org
Grand Rapids Inventors Network
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Email: GRINventors@gmail.com
Web: www.grinventors.org
 
     
Minnesota    
Society of Minnesota Inventors
Coon Rapids, MN
Tel: 763 753 2766
Email: pgpent@yahoo.com
Inventors' Network
Excelsior, MN 55331
Tel: 651 602 3175
Web: www.inventorsnetwork.org
Minnesota Inventors Congress
Redwood Falls, MN  56283
Tel: 800 468 3681
Email: deb@minnesotainventorscongress.org
Web: www.minnesotainventorscongress.org
     
Mississippi    

 

 



Mississippi SBDC Inventor Assistance
Tel: 662 915 5001
Tel: 601 232 5001
Email: blantrip@olemiss.edu
Web: www.olemiss.edu/depts/mssbdc/invent.html
 
     
Missouri    
    Inventors Association of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63141
Tel: 314 432 1291
Email: dayjobIASL@webtv.net
Web: www.communityconnection.org
     
Women Inventors Project
Hazlewood, MO 63042
Tel: 314 432 1291
   
     
Montana    
Blue Sky Inventors
Billings, MT 59102
Tel: 406 259 9110
Montana Inventors Association
Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: 406 586 1541
Yellowstone Inventors
Tel: 406 259 9110
     
Nebraska    
     
     
Nevada    
Nevada Inventors Association
Reno, NV 89510
Tel: 775 324 3524
Email: info@nevadainventors.org
Web: www.nevadainventors.org
Inventors Society of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Tel: 702 435 7741
Email: Inventssn@aol.com
 
     
New Hampshire    
New Hampshire Inventors Association
Franklin, NH 03235
Tel: 603 934 1938
Tel: 603 228 3854
Email: nhinventors@yahoo.com
   
     
New Jersey    
  Kean University Small Business Development Center
Union, NJ 07083
Tel: 908 737 4220
Email: mkostak@kean.edu
Web: www.njsbdc.com
National Society of Inventors
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Tel: 609 799 4574
Web: www.NationalInventors.com
     
     
     
New Mexico    
  New Mexico Inventors Club
Albuquerque, NM 87190
Tel: 505 266 3541
 
     
New York    
Inventors Association of Manhattan, Inc.
New York, NY 10007
Web: www.meetup.com/manhattan-inventors
The Aurora Club
South Wales, NY 14139
Tel: 716 652 4704
Inventors Alliance of America – Buffalo Chapter
Tel: 716 842 4561
     
  Long Island Forum for Technology, Inc
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Tel: 631 969 3700
Tel: 631 755 3321
Inventors Alliance of America – Rochester Chapter
Rochester, NY 14616
Tel: 716 225 3750
Email: InventNY@aol.com
     
  Binghamton Inventors Network
Binghamton, NY 13901
Tel: 607 648 4626
Email: mvpierson@aol.com
 
     
North Carolina    
Inventors’ Network of the Carolinas
Charlotte, NC 28202
Tel: 803 242 0556
Email: chipcelley@msn.com
   
     
North Dakota    
Northern Plains Inventors Congress
Bismark, ND
Tel: 800 281 7009
Email: info@neustel.com
North Dakota Inventors Congress
Fargo, ND 58103
Tel: 800 281 7009
Tel: 701 252 4959
Web: www.ndinventors.com
 
     
Ohio    
Inventors Network of Greater Akron
Twinsburgh, OH 44087
Tel: 330 425 1749


 
     
Inventors Network, Inc.
Columbus, OH 43212
Tel: 614 470 0144
Email: 13832667@msn.com
Inventors Council of Canton
Canton, OH 44720
Tel: 330 499 1262
Email: FFleischer@neo.rr.com
Web: www.cantoninventorsassociation.org
 
     
Youngstown-Warren Inv. Association
Youngstown, OH 44501
Tel: 330 744 4481
Email: rjh@mm-lawyers.com
Web: www.3dvirtualmall.com/invwell.htm
   
     
Oklahoma    
  Weekend Entrepreneurs
Tulsa, OK 74137
Tel: 918 664 5831
 
     
Oregon    
MicroEnterprise Inventors Program of Oregon
Portland, OR 97202
Tel: 503 998 9560
Web: www.mipooregon.org
  South Oregon Inventors Council
Medford, OR 97501
Tel: 541 772 3478
     
Lori Capps
North Bend, OR 97459
Tel: 541 756 6866
Email: loribdc@uci.net
Blue Mountain Community College Inventors Group
Pendleton, OR 97801
Tel: 541 276 6233
Web: www.bizcenter.org
Inventors Group at Umpqua Community College SBDC
Roseburg, OR 97470
Tel: 541 673 8309
     
Pennsylvania    
American Society of Inventors
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215 546 6601
Email: info@asoi.org
Web: www.asoi.org
Central Pennsylvania Inventors Association
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Tel: 717 763 5742
 
     
Puerto Rico    
Associacion de Inventores de Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR  00918
Tel: 787 518 8570
Email: inventorespr@yahoo.com
Web: www.inventorespr.com
   
     
Rhode Island    


   
     
South Carolina    
Carolina Inventors Council
Taylors, SC 29687
Tel: 864 268 9892
Tel: 864 859 0066
Inventors & Entrepreneurs Assn. of South Carolina
Greenville, SC 29608
Tel: 864 244 1045
 
     
South Dakota    
South Dakota Inventors Congress
Brookings, SD 57007
Tel: 605 688 4184
   
     
Tennessee    
Tennessee Inventors Association
Knoxville, TN 37939
Tel: 865 483 0151
Email: jlmins@bellsouth.net
Web: www.tninventors.org
  Mid South Inventors Association
Collierville, TN 38017
Tel: 901 850 7324
Email: murdock@legacytransfers.com
     
Texas    
Alamo Inventors
San Antonio, TX 78263
Tel: 210 649 2080
Web: www.alamoinventors.org
Amarillo Inventors Association
Amarillo, TX 79109
Tel: 806 367 8610
Email: info@amarilloinventors.org
Web: www.amarilloinventors.org
Austin Inventors & Entrepreneurs Association
Email: info@austininventors.org
Web: www.austininventors.org
     
Houston Inventors Association
Houston, TX 77018
Tel: 713 686 7676
Tel: 713 523 3923
Email: kenroddy@nol.net
Web: www.inventors.org
Laredo Inventors Association
Laredo, TX 78041
Tel: 956 725 5863
 
     
 

Texas Inventors Association
Allen, TX 75002
Email: wisepatents@yahoo.com
Web: www.txinventors.com

 

 
     
Utah    
  University of Utah Engineering Experiment Station
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Tel: 801 581 6348
 
     
Vermont    
  Inventors Network of Vermont
Springfield, VT 05156
Tel: 802 885 5100
Tel: 802 885 8178
 
     
Virginia    
Blue Ridge Inventor's Club
Charlottesville, VA 22906
Tel: 434 973 3708
Tel: 804 973 3708
Web: www.inventorclub.org
Inventors Network of the Capital Area
Annandale, VA 22003
Tel: 703 203 2710
Web: www.dcinventors.org
Virginia Inventors Forum
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Tel: 757 253 5729
Email: admin@virginiainventors.org
Web: www.virginiainventors.org
     
Washington    

Whidbey Island Inventor Network
Langley, WA 98260
Tel: 360 678 0269

E-mail: wiin@whidbey.com

Inventors Network
Vancouver, WA 98668
Tel: 503 239 8299
Tri-Cities Enterprise Association
Richland, WA 99352
Tel: 509 375 3268
     
     
     
Wisconsin    
    University of WI-Stout
Menomonie, WI  54751
Tel: 715 232 5041
Email: flyd@uwstout.edu
     
  Innovative Minds of Wisconsin  
Mosinee, WI  54455  
Tel: 715 693 3235
 
     
Canada    
Inventors Alliance of Canada
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2R6
Tel: 416 410 7792
Email: ellwood@netcom.ca
Web: www.inventorsalliance.com
British Columbia Inventors’ Society
Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1
Tel: 604 707 0250
Web: www.bcinventor.com
Durham East Independent Inventors’ Group
Pickering, Ontario
Tel: 905 686 7172
Email: gc7591@hotmail.com
     
Inventors Club of Brantford
Brantford, Ontario N3T 3W8
Tel: 519 753 7735
Email: grahamschram@hotmail.com
Saskatchewan Research Council
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 2X8
Tel: 306 933 5400
 
     
Waterloo-Wellington Inventors Club
Cambridge, Ontario
Tel: 519 653 8848
Email: svandyk@bserv.com
   

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