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Take an all-Inclusive trip to China to tour factories and learn manufacturing overseas. 

With our DRTV Summit quickly approaching, most of the talk around the water cooler here at InventionHome has been about the latest infomercial products… (honestly, can you believe that Happy Hot Dog Man??).  While we’ve been busy searching for inventions with the “Wow! Factor”, the United Inventors Association (UIA) has teamed up with China-2-West to wow us with an inventor’s dream trip. 

Any inventor interested in manufacturing his or her product should seriously consider signing up. The first 20 inventors will have the opportunity to learn about off shore manufacturing first hand through factory visits, educational seminars, and entry to the world’s largest product tradeshow in Canton.

When:  October 20 – 30, 2011

Includes:

o       Round trip airfare between New York or San Francisco and Hong Kong

o       Transportation in China

o       All hotel accommodations in 4 & 5 star hotels

o       3 meals per day

o       All access pass to Canton Products Show

o       Factory Tours

o       Inventor Education Seminars

o       Local Sight Seeing and Cultural Visits

The educational value alone would be worth the expense, but add the cultural experience of China to an already unbelievable deal and Wow! you have the trip of a lifetime! 

For More Information or to save your spot – Contact Eric Bouldin by email on eric.bouldin@china2west.com or by phone on 650-921-3088.

 

 

 

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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.

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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

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2010 proved to be a year of great growth and progress at InventionHome even though the economy was sluggish and challenging.  In addition to developing many new partnerships and relationships, we had a record year in completing licensing / marketing agreements for our clients, reaching 40 deals for 2010 (120 overall). 

We are pleased to share some 2010 highlights.   

 

 40 New Deals Completed…  After wrapping up 2009 with 20+ deals for the year (80 overall), we were determined to double the number of deals in 2010 for our clients.  After completing our 100th marketing agreement overall in late April on an invention called “Leaf Wizard,” an innovative lawn & garden product, we went on to finalize 20 more reaching our goal of 40 for the year (120 overall). 

 

InventionHome launches tradeshow invention portal!

Through partnerships with the National Hardware Show, International Housewares Association and Response Expo, we created and launched our innovative, new search portal strategy to enable national tradeshows to be able to offer their members and site visitors easy access to InventionHome clients’ inventions directly from their websites.  Today, each of these tradeshows has our portal on their websites, with more shows to come.    Example: http://inventionhome.com/invportfolio/portal.aspx?source=nationalhardwareshow

 

TV Debut of five InventionHome products!  We saw the national test of two Infomercial campaigns for our “Sofa Caddy” (rebranded “Couch Commander”) and “Access Door Lever” (rebranded “Turneez”), as well as three of our products which were featured on QVC:  Micro Mixer, VibeAway and Leaf Wizard.

 

InventionHome sponsors National Hardware Show!  We were honored to sponsor the 2010 National Hardware Show in May, along with the United Inventors Association and Garden Weasel®.  It is one of the largest annual trade shows in the world, gathering over 2,800 consumer products companies at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  While there, we connected with many manufacturers in the hardware industry, exhibited side-by-side with inventors in the Inventor Spotlight are of the show, and assisted then-UIA Executive Director Patrick Raymond with judging and managing the Inventor Spotlight merit awards.

 

InventionHome sponsors Response Expo!  InventionHome personnel returned from Las Vegas’ Hardware Show for just enough time to pack some clean socks before leaving for San Diego and the Response Expo.   The Response Expo, considered the industry’s foremost direct response marketing trade show and conference, is produced by Response Magazine and the Direct Response Marketing Association.  InventionHome was pleased to sponsor the Inventor Pavilion area of the show, interact with many inventors in attendance, and also build upon our relationships with some key players in the infomercial industry.

InventionHome partners with TAGIE (Toy and Game Expo)!  InventionHome was pleased to sponsor the Toy and Game Inventor Expo (TAGIE) in November, the only industry event designed exclusively to help the new toy and game inventor and entrepreneur by providing networking and educational opportunities. 

 

 

InventionHome launches the North American Product Innovation Network!

We were excited to launch 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 Network(SM) also provides companies across North America with a centralized source for finding innovative products within the United States and beyond

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InventionHome president, Russ Williams, began his term on the United Inventors Association Board of Directors!  Russ is committed to helping inventors through education and programs, and as a UIA board member, he has a great vehicle to continue on his mission.

Call us at 1-866-844-6512 to learn more. You’ll be glad you took the first step.

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InventionHome is pleased to announce the successful completion of their 112th marketing/license agreement, 32 of which occurred in calendar year 2010 (as of September 30th).  An impressive tally of brokered deals.

 

InventionHome’s most recent licensing success is a product called CapTails™.  The patented device connects glasses (sunglasses, safety glasses, etc.) to a hat by means of stretchable and adjustable clips and a cord.  CapTailsTM allow the user to wear their eyewear on top of their cap and not have to worry about them falling off and getting lost or broken. Also when your glasses are on, your cap can not blow away.

The licensee of the clever device took interest in the product because of its simplicity and unique position in the market.  It will complement the rest of their product line nicely, and has already drawn the interest of a national retailer.  CapTailsTM should reach the retail market in early 2011.

Call 1-866-844-6512 for information on licensing your invention for royalties!

 

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As the new Executive Director of the UIA, Mark Reyland is excited about the future of the inventing industry and the great new opportunities available to inventors.  He is also excited about the new benefits being offered for UIA members.

As a long time inventor Mark is passionate about the industry, and about the great people in it.  He is also passionate about growing and expanding the UIA, which is the national membership organization dedicated to inventor education and support.  The UIA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, offering non-commercial information to inventors and Certification to local support groups and invention service providers who comply with rigorous professional and ethical standards.

The participation of members and strategic corporate partners is vital to accomplishing the educational goals of the UIA.  The UIA needs the support of the inventor community through paid memberships, grants, and donations to reach its goal of no cost educational programs for inventors.

 Make a difference and become a UIA member atwww.uiausa.org

 

 

 

 

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Patent Protection Help / 3D Virtual Design and Prototypes / Licensing for Royalties

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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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When considering the two types of patent applications, don’t think of them as a choice between two, independent types of patents, like choosing between whether to order coffee or tea with dessert.  

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Idea, invention, innovation and patents are all commonly utilized terms in the rapidly expanding world of inventing. In the past few years, the process of inventing and the prospect of creating new and innovative products have become more popular than ever, with people from all walks of life striving for the next big idea or product improvement. Even popular media has embraced the idea of the inventor and his or her invention, which is illustrated by the creation of TV programs including Shark Tank, American Inventor, and Fore Inventors Only.  Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is known for her love of kid-inventors, and even Oprah Winfrey implemented an invention contest.  For many inventors the initial excitement of a new invention idea is inevitably followed by the concern or question of “how to protect the idea.”  After the light bulb goes on, it is important to figure out how to best protect the idea, but it is at this stage where one of several inventor dilemmas first occurs.  After researching the invention, conducting a prior art search and discussing patent options, it is common for inventors to ask the question: Which type of patent should I file, provisional or non-provisional?

What’s interesting about this question is that the answer will often vary depending upon whom you ask.  Over the years, I have heard a wide variety of opinions from business professionals, inventors and patent attorneys. While some believe that an inventor is better off moving directly into filing a non-provisional patent application, because it is typically more detailed and exhaustive in capturing the embodiment of the invention, others believe that starting with the provisional application is a better way to go, due to the expense and unknown marketing factors that can be associated with the non-provisional patent.

Just as the invention itself is unique, so is the answer to this patenting question.  While the decision should be based on individual circumstance and personal preference, it should be made with a clear understanding of the options. The correct choice depends on what works best for the inventor’s particular situation, taking into account financial condition, stage of development, risk tolerance or marketing progress. And, whenever possible, options should be discussed with a registered patent attorney

“Looking back on the process, I knew that I wanted to file a utility patent right away, but when the time came, I filed a provisional patent because it was much cheaper and I wanted to delay the expense of the utility patent until I was a little surer of the idea.  If cost wasn’t an issue, I probably would have filed the utility right away,” explained inventor Lisa Shaefer.

To begin to understand the answer to this question, one must first look at the question itself, which is somewhat of a misconception.  The question “which type of patent should I file:  provisional or non-provisional?” seems to imply a belief that each is an independent patent option where one or the other application would be filed.  However, in reality, this is not the way the applications work.

When considering the two types of patent applications, don’t think of them as a choice between two, independent types of patents, like choosing between whether to order coffee or tea with dessert.  The provisional patent application is not a substitute for filing a non-provisional patent application.  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 to receive patent protection. Think of the provisional patent application as a possible step in the patent process, but not the final step.

To figure out which direction is right for you, it is important to examine the differences between the provisional and non-provisional patent applications.  The non-provisional patent is commonly known as a “utility” patent application.  Filing this application establishes the filing date and begins the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s patent review process, which can take 18 months or more to complete. Alternately, 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.  A good way to think of this is that the provisional reserves the filing date for you and allows you to claim the original provisional filing date when you file a utility patent application. But, be aware that the provisional patent application does not apply to a design patent, which means you would not file a provisional patent application if you were planning on filing a design patent for your invention.

The reason that so many inventors use the provisional patent application process is that it is significantly less expensive and complicated than the utility application. It allows the inventor to use the term “patent pending” while further developing or marketing their invention.  For example, if your invention changes through your own development efforts or must be changed for manufacturing reasons, these changes can be incorporated into the final utility patent application when ready to be filed.  In general, applications cannot be changed after filing.  In addition, the one-year time frame can provide the time needed to market the invention to companies and to get a feel for the true market demand for the invention.  It’s not unheard of for an inventor to decide not to file a utility patent application after they market their invention if they receive feedback that convinces them that their idea is not as good as they originally thought.

Another possible advantage of filing the provisional patent would be if you could succeed in finding a good product company or manufacturer during the 12-month period to license your invention and agree to pay up-front money to cover the costs of filing the non-provisional patent application.

For some, such as inventor Scott Carlson, the provisional patent application has become the way to go.

“I have been developing products for 7 years,” Carlson said, “And now that I have filed 8 patents, I always go with the provisional because it’s less expensive and it gives me a year to explore market avenues in order to see if the product has any merit.”

For others further down the road in the process—those whose inventions are further developed or those whose market research yielded positive response—the route of a utility patent may be a more viable option. 

After choosing the patenting option that best fits their circumstances, many inventors wonder whether it’s a good idea to file their own patent application rather than hiring a professional. The answer to this question depends on which application is being filed.  The provisional application process is not as complicated as the non-provisional application; therefore, inventors may be able to file a reasonably good application if they take the time to adequately research and understand the process.  However, don’t assume that just because the provisional patent application is less expensive and complicated that the importance of the quality of the application content is also decreased. It is essential to take the time to thoroughly and accurately complete the application as it applies to your invention.

When it comes to the non-provisional patent application, it is probably not wise to file your own application. Although there are many good books on the topic, the entire process is not as easy as it seems, and even with a good patent filing book as your guide, more than likely you will struggle to capture the optimal language in the claims section of the application, which defines the overall quality of your patent.  Therefore, it is probably in your best interest to rely on the expertise and experience of a registered patent attorney.  A good patent attorney should understand how to accurately capture your invention through the claims section of the application and produce a much stronger patent for you in the long run.

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.

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Pet Belt

Monroeville, PA – InventionHome is pleased to announce an innovative pet product, available for licensing, from independent inventor Roy Garcia called the Pet Belt.

 

California resident Roy Garcia watched fellow pet walkers juggle keys, a leash, cell phone, dog treats and waste bags during his early morning and late afternoon walks.  Although Garcia made it a rule to only carry essential items with him during his twice daily excursions, he found himself searching for keys and a cell phone on more than one occasion.

 

Garcia came up with a solution to better organize pet walkers’ personal items called the Pet Belt.  The Pet Belt is an adjustable product worn around the waist that includes two pockets attractively designed to fit an MP3 player and cell phone.  The product has storage compartments to hold smaller items such as keys, currency and even a garage door remote.  A small zip-top bag component is perfect for dog treats and a second unit of the same size is ideal for waste bags. There is also a unique cup-holding component to carry a beverage or water container.  Each compartment can be easily removed and replaced along the belt, as desired. Several heavy-duty clips are permanently positioned along the belt so pet owners with more than one dog can enjoy a leisurely stroll or run.     

 

Garcia and InventionHome are actively seeking companies interested in licensing the Pet Belt.   If you would like to see additional images or learn more about the product, please call (866) 844-6512 x 119, or email us at member@inventionhome.com.

 

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InventionHome.com strives to make more dynamic and timely searches available to all manufacturers seeking new inventions available for license or sale.


InventionHome.com announces new changes to its iShowOnlineTM marketplace, following feedback from inventor and corporate clients.  The high quality, low cost invention services provider has added the creation of an ‘Express Search’ function, allowing users to perform a partial search of its iShowOnlineTM marketplace without the use of a login and password.  The iShowOnlineTM marketplace is one of two methods utilized by InventionHome to share and communicate new product ideas with its network of over 3,500 manufacturers. Prior to the change, manufacturers were required to register for a login and password to gain full access to products listed on the iShowOnlineTM.  With the ‘Express Search’ users can now perform searches on products that are classified as non-confidential or have an issued utility or design patent.  Access to all other confidential inventions would still require the use of a login and password and signed nondisclosure agreement.  The change in search functionality is expected to significantly increase the exposure and license opportunities for all inventor inventions listed with InventionHome.

 

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About InventionHome

Invention Home has created a low cost, low risk, streamlined system for helping inventors through each step of the invention process.  The ultimate goal of this system is to connect the inventor with a manufacturer who will license the invention for royalties. Most recently, Invention Home launched MatchProduct.com, a free marketplace for helping inventors and small companies with fully developed, innovative products connect with retailers, wholesalers or manufacturers.  Call 866-844-6512.

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