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What does that mean…National Inventors Month?  The designation was assigned back in 1998 by several organizations (the United Inventors Association, the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors Digest magazine).  It is meant to honor those among us who think “outside the box”, and to encourage even more free thinkers to think freely! 

Here’s the thing…you don’t have to be a scientist, a genius or a millionaire to have a clever invention idea.  Good ideas can come from ANYONE.  Patrick Raymond, Executive Director of the United Inventors Association (UIA) comments:  “National Inventors Month is a time to reflect on all those crazy ideas you have while standing in the shower. Resolve to pick ONE and try to make it a reality that would have maximum positive impact on you and the world. Rinse, repeat.”

At InventionHome, we’ve developed a streamlined process to enable everyday people to take an idea and pursue it.  We assist thousands of busy people who work full-time jobs, raise families, or just aren’t interested in handling all the details themselves, and we do it with attention to superior customer service and providing exceptional value.  

To get started with you idea call 1-866-844-6512.

Now, to get us in the spirit of celebrating Your Month, we thought it would be fun to share a few fun inventor facts.

Did you know…

 

…that Henry Ford’s lawyer was advised by Michigan Savings Bank’s president NOT to invest in Ford Motor Company? He is quoted as saying, “The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.”

…that the formulas for both Cola-Cola and Silly Putty have never been patented?  Rather, both companies hold trade secrets which are shared only with their most trustworthy employees.  Both products have withheld the test of time…after many attempts to replicate the products, no one has yet succeeded.

…that Benjamin Franklin’s inspiration for bifocals came because he hated wearing two pairs of glasses?

…that Ivory Soap was accidentally invented when an employee left the soap mixing machine on too long? To hide the evidence of his mistake, he threw the mixture in a nearby stream. But he couldn’t hide the soap that floats – it floated to the surface, and the rest is history!

…that the Band-Aid® Bandage was truly a product of “necessity”?  A Johnson & Johnson employee named Earl Dickson was tending to his accident-prone wife who had cut her finger.  He aspired to create a bandage that she could apply herself, when he was at work.  He placed a small piece of gauze in the center of a piece of surgical tape, and that inspiration led to today’s self-adhesive bandage.

…that after evaluating Charles Darrow’s sample of Monopoly, executives from Parker Brothers turned down the game because it had “52 fundamental errors” (including taking too long to play).  Well, somehow the sample wound up in the home of the company president who stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish playing it.  He enjoyed it immensely…and now, 75 years later, 275 million games have been sold worldwide and it’s available in 111 countries and in 43 languages.

…that Steve Jobs created the first Apple computer in his parents’ garage? As a college student,  Jobs and his partner Steve Wozniak worked at a feverish pace in that garage building their computers for fellow students.  To raise $1300 cash for parts, Jobs sold his old VW bus and Wozniak sold his Hewlett Packard calculator. The following year (1977) Apple sales hit $800,000 and went on to become a Fortune 500 company in a record five years!

…that “patent leather” received its name because the process to apply the shiny black finish to leather was once patented?

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First of its kind gateway for connecting inventors worldwide with North American companies seeking innovative products and inventions

 

Monroeville, PA July 20, 2010 – InventionHome today introduced the North American Product Innovation Network SM, a first of its kind gateway for providing inventors easy access to North American companies seeking innovative products and inventions available for wholesale, license or acquisition.  North American Product Innovation NetworkSM also provides companies across North America with a centralized source for finding innovative products within the United States and beyond.

“Our goal is to create a single point of entry, or gateway, into every North American company interested in product innovation” said Russell Williams, President of InventionHome. “We have created the network and system for sharing and submitting new products and inventions with companies in a more efficient and effective way than ever before.”

North American Product Innovation NetworkSM consists of thousands of companies seeking innovative products available for wholesale, license or acquisition as well as the system for submitting innovative products and inventions to those companies.  These companies include manufacturers, distributors, DRTV / infomercial companies and retailers that have registered with InventionHome or its affiliate MatchProduct.com to receive new invention opportunities.  The system for submitting and sharing innovative products and inventions includes targeted product alerts, online search functionality, and/or an electronic submission management system for automating the overall submission process for companies.

North American Product Innovation NetworkSM also consists of an indirect “partner network” for sharing new inventions with companies that are not directly registered with InventionHome or its affiliate MatchProduct.com.  This partner network consists of a growing list of prominent product associations and tradeshows who will be utilizing an integrated search portal on their websites to enable site visitors to search the InventionHome and MatchProduct.com databases for non-confidential invention opportunities.  These organizations currently include the National Hardware Show (produced by Reed Exhibitions), International Housewares Association (IHA), National Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Response Magazine / Direct Response Manufacturers Association (DRMA).  The search portal enables these organizations to offer their members quick and easy access to new products and inventions directly from their websites, thus enhancing their member benefits while expanding the network reach to thousands of additional companies using their websites. 

 

Pricing & Availability

For companies seeking innovative products, the North American Product Innovation NetworkSM is FREE.  To learn more, email member@inventionhome.com

For inventors seeking companies to wholesale, license or acquire their inventions, the North American Product Innovation Network SM offers various submission / marketing program options through affiliates InventionHome and MatchProduct.com, depending on the development status of the particular product / invention.

Inventors with fully-developed, manufactured products may select the free listing option on www.MatchProduct.com, which provides a listing on MatchProduct.com and “partner network” sites.  These inventors may also select a proactive submission / marketing program option that expands the program to an outbound, proactive approach for a modest fee.  The program fee structure is $39 per month / $139 setup / royalty share / cancel at any time.

Inventors with inventions that are not fully-developed may also utilize the proactive submission / marketing program to pursue licensing / royalty opportunities.  The program fee structure is $599 setup / $14.99 per month / royalty share / cancel at any time.  The program setup fee also includes the creation of a sales and invention portfolio webpage, product due diligence management and contract negotiation management.  Patent, design and virtual prototype services are sold separately.  The free listing option on MatchProduct.com is not available for inventions that are not fully-developed and manufactured.  To request additional inventor information, call 1-866-844-6512 or email info@inventionhome.com.

InventionHome and MatchProduct.com are divisions of Jacob Enterprises, Inc. headquartered in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.  Since its inception in 2002, Jacob Enterprises has been a product innovation resource for manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and other companies seeking to add or expand products (or lines) through product distribution, acquisition and licensing.  For information call 866-844-6512 or visit www.inventionhome.com.  Additional information is available at www.inventionhome.wordpress.com, www.twitter.com/inventionhome and www.inventionhome.blogspot.com.

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