National Hardware ShowInventionHome is pleased to announce it will once again sponsor the Inventors Spotlight at the 2011 National Hardware Show (NHS), along with the United Inventors Association (UIA) and Garden Weasel.

This is a “don’t miss” opportunity to show the Hardware Industry your inventive solution for today’s homeowner.  It’s also the chance to learn from industry experts what it takes to commercialize your invention during a free Inventor Seminar.

The NHS is broken into 9 segments focused on the following areas:

Hardware and Tools


Plumbing & Electrical

Lawn & Garden

Paint & Accessories

Tailgate Products

Storage & Organization

International Sourcing

Inventors Spotlight

Should I exhibit my invention?

If you have an invention that brings a new, unique and original solution to today’s homeowner after the home is built, you should consider attending.   The Inventor’s Spotlight is for inventors with prototypes or finished products that can be easily demonstrated.  This year’s theme is “where deals are made.”  Industry experts will award special merit to the following 5 categories: Best New Product, Most Retail-Ready, Most Eco-Friendly, Best Business Potential, and Best for Simplicity & Manufacturability. The winners will be awarded and featured in the Inventor Digest Magazine. The face-to-face meetings with potential buyers/licensees, networking opportunities with industry professionals, and inventor educational seminars are well worth the cost to attend.

Should I attend the free Inventor Seminar?

Any inventors interested in learning more about patenting, manufacturing, licensing, marketing, or selling their products in the Hardware industry should consider attending.  Featured speakers include David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and A.J. Khubani, CEO/Founder of infomercial giant Telebrands.  There is no need to register for this seminar; all inventors attending the show are welcome to attend.

Reserve your booth for the seminar by calling Cheryl Fishbone-Todaro at 203.840.5444.   Exhibit spaces are limited (space will sell out). Patent protection is recommended for exhibiting.

When: May 10 – 12   /   Where: Las Vegas Convention Center


Licensed by InventionHome to Jasco Products Company, the Recessed Light Extender is now selling under the GE brand by great companies like the Home Depot. 

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When inventors Mark Higgins and Vivian Hurd first conceived the idea of a new invention that would transfer conventional  recessed lighting into directional lighting, they never imagined that one day their invention would be selling in Home Depot under one of the world’s most recognizable brands, General Electric.

The inventors, with the help of InventionHome, licensed their patented invention to Jasco Products Company.  Jasco is a GE licensee of consumer electronic accessories, computer accessories, home electric products, and personal security and surveillance products.  Their products are sold in thousands of retail stores, including Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, etc. 

Mark and Vivian never aspired to develop, manufacture and sell their invention themselves.  They knew that the financial risks were far too great, and frankly they preferred to team up with a company that already had the knowledge, resources and distribution channels needed to make the invention a success.  So the pair set out in search of licensing opportunities for their invention, and soon teamed up with InventionHome whose streamlined marketing program quickly brought exposure to their invention, and ultimately, the license with Jasco.   

 It is every inventor’s dream to see their product on retail shelves, and inventors Mark and Vivian are very close to realizing that dream.  Says Vivian, “It is such a thrill to see our invention come to life and be packaged under such a well-known brand as GE.  The potential for financial success is now very real for us.”

For Help With Your Invention, call InventionHome – 1-866-844-6512.

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Crown Bolt, a prominent hardware manufacturer and supplier to the world’s largest home improvement retailer, has partnered with InventionHome to reach out into the inventor community and invite inventors and entrepreneurs with innovative hardware products to submit their inventions at Crown Bolt’s website:

Submit Your Idea to Crown Bolt Today

The team at Crown Bolt is committed to providing their customers with fresh, outside-the-box ideas. Specifically, they are seeking products that fit into the following categories:

  • Hardware products
  • Fasteners
  • Builders hardware
  • Rope, chain, wire and accessories
  • Rod and steel
  • Hardware coatings, finishes, metals or materials

Based in Aliso Viejo, California, Crown Bolt has been a global hardware supplier for over 30 years. Utilizing an innovative approach to hardware retailing, Crown Bolt has consistently delivered exceptional programs to their customers in fasteners, builders hardware, rope, chain, rod and steel.

Need help protecting or preparing your invention , call InventionHome at 1-866-844-6512.

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As an inventor with a new product idea (or improvement to an existing product), it’s important to understand the various types of protection that are available to you.  Let’s assume that your idea provides benefit and usefulness (not just a visual design) ~ you might consider filing either a non-provisional patent (a “Utility Patent”) or a provisional patent application.  Choosing which type of application should be based on individual circumstance, personal preference, and financial considerations, and the choice will vary from one inventor to another.

Here are 5 key benefits of filing a provisional patent application before filing a utility patent application.

1. Lower cost

 A provisional patent application can often times be prepared and filed for less than $600, where the preparation and filing of a typical utility application can cost $5,000 and up, depending on the complexity of the invention.


2. Easy to file

The application and process is significantly less complex than a utility application and can even be done by inventors themselves if they take the time to understand how to complete a thorough application. 


3. Immediate “patent pending” status

Since the patent office does not review or approve provisional patent applications, inventors can immediately use the term “patent-pending” once the application has been filed.


4. Provides 12 months before a utility patent would need to be filed

Although the provisional patent application is not a substitute for ultimately filing a non-provisional patent application, it provides the inventor with 12 months of valuable time to further develop or market the invention.  Why spend thousands on filing a utility application only to realize later that you need to make changes to your invention or that your invention is not going to sell/license.  You can use the 12 months to figure out if this expense is worth while or if you do find a company to enter into a license agreement with you, try to negotiate for the company to cover some or all of the cost of filing a utility patent.


5. Establishes priority date

Once your application has been filed, you have established a priority date for your patent.  This means that when and if you file a utility application, you will be able to claim the original provisional filing date.

It’s important to understand that even if you file a provisional patent application, you will still need to file a non-provisional application down the road if you wish to maintain patent protection. Think of the provisional patent application as a possible step in the patent process, but not the final step.

The provisional patent application establishes the filing date but does not start the USPTO review process.  The provisional patent application provides a measure of protection for 12 months from the filing date and expires unless you file a utility patent application before the 12 months are up. 

Whichever direction you ultimately decide, remember that research and self-education are invaluable to your success not only at this beginning stage, but also as you progress in the process of inventing.

If you need help with your invention call InventionHome at 1-866-844-6512.

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InventionHome is pleased to announce it has joined the United Inventors Association (UIA) in sponsoring the Inventors Zone at the 2011 Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo and Conference (SPREE) at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on April 12 – 14.

The specialty retail industry covers cart and kiosk sales in malls and other venues.  With over 100,000 kiosks across the United States in malls alone, there is a pressing need for new products. The SPREE Show brings together industry professionals looking for new products and entrepreneurs with new products to sell or seeking to start their own business.


Who should attend the show?  Inventors with “retail ready” products interested in…

1. Exhibiting their inventions / products for opportunities to sell in carts, kiosks and gift shops. (Reserve your booth in the Inventors Zone by calling Debbie Lahti at (800) 936-6297 x 20.)

2. Educational sessions and networking events to learn more about the $12 billion specialty retail industry.

Exhibiting in the Inventors Zone

Entrepreneurs ready to take orders for their products should consider exhibiting.  Your product may be good for the specialty retail market if it a) requires an explanation and is easily demonstrated, or b) is a product that is already understood, like a t-shirt or food item.

For additional information on pricing and how to register for the SPREE Inventors Zone contact Debbie Lahti at (800) 936-6297 extension 20.  http://spreeshow.com/ 

When: April 12 – 14   /   Where: Las Vegas

If you need help with your invention call InventionHome at 1-866-844-6512.

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InventionHome is pleased to announce it will be a sponsor of the Inventors Corner powered by Brainchild Marketing at the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show at McCormick Center in Chicago on March 6 – 8.

The Inventors Corner is a high traffic area of the show where buyers and licensing professionals seek out unique new products to invigorate their product lines.  With over 60,000 professionals in attendance and 2,000 exhibitors, the Home and Housewares Show is one the largest tradeshows in the United States and a perfect opportunity to introduce your invention to the Housewares Industry. 


Who should attend the show?  Inventors interested in…

1. Exhibiting their inventions / products (Reserve your booth by calling Lori Posey at 724-972-1149)

2. Educational sessions and critiques of their invention from industry professionals


Inventor 411 sponsored by InventionHome 

You will have the rare opportunity to network and hear industry experts speak on topics related to Direct Response TV marketing, pitching and negotiating, and licensing your products. This is a “must attend” event for anyone planning to commercialize their invention.  The Inventor 411 sessions will be held on March 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Price: $99 for exhibitors and $249 for non-exhibitors. Continental breakfast is included.)


Inventors Revue

Get personal advice from the experts that know what it takes to get a product sold.  The Inventors Revue lets you pitch your product to two different panels of marketing and product development professionals who offer feedback on how to position and promote your product.  (Price:  $99 per pitch before March 1st or two free pitches with booth purchase.)



Inventors with prototypes or finished products that can be easily demonstrated should consider exhibiting.  Exhibit spaces are limited (space will sell out).  Booth purchase includes two product pitches at the Inventors Revue.  Patent protection is recommended for both exhibiting and the Inventors Revue.  The overwhelming majority of inventors that exhibited at past shows agree that the benefits far outweigh the costs. 

“I could not have imagined the benefits of three days in the Inventors Corner for me and my invention.  Awesome!” 

Noel Ross, EZStringer

“It is worth ten times what we paid for the booth!  The contacts made and the contracts signed are invaluable.” 

Stephanie Vlahos, VTT Products 

For more information on exhibiting, Inventor 411 or the Inventors Revue:

Please contact Lori Posey from Brainchild Marketing at info@brainchildmarketing.biz or 724-972-1149.


When: March 6-8   /   Where: Chicago’s McCormick Center

In this business, inventors and companies alike strive to develop another runaway hit TV product like the Snuggie®, “America’s favorite blanket with sleeves”.  We at InventionHome can attest to the hard work and incredible good fortune it takes to get a shot at infomercial success.  We’re hoping that a new television campaign starting this week will turn “rags to riches” for our inventor Daria W.

Daria’s product, which she dubbed “The Cargo Sling” caught the attention of Allstar Marketing Group, maker of the celebrated Snuggie.  After a few modifications to the product, a spiffy new name, and completion of a test infomercial, it’s now sink or swim time as Allstar tests the 2-minute commercial on national television this week.

The product, re-named “BundleBuddy”, consists of a band of Lycra material with integral pockets.  It slips easily around auto seats to provide a secure way to hold down everything from groceries, to purses, to take-out food.  No longer will your belongings be thrown onto the car floor when you brake suddenly or take a sharp turn. 

View commercial.


So we ask you to send good karma, happy thoughts, and maybe even order a Bundle Buddy for yourself, and let’s root on fellow inventor Daria!