Holiday Present Inside!

Week of December 17, 2018

Inventing Success Stories

Former president of the Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) and current president of the Muskegon Inventors Network talks about inventor groups:

“The inventor groups are a go-to place to get on what I call it the ‘yellow brick road of inventing,'” he says. “Inventor groups supply the template to keep them within the lines, and get their invention from a white napkin, through a prototype, to actual product, and then to retail.” – Joe Finkler

Muskegon Inventors Network

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Congratulations Karen Collins Smoots On Your Product!

“Karen Smoots’ product allows winter gloves to last longer by keeping them dry throughout the season. The Green Glove Dryer began as a way to stop bacteria from growing in her family’s winter gloves after they were washed or worn out in the snow. After getting help from her local inventors group, Smoots’ product grabbed the attention of Consumers Energy, who is now helping K-5 Elementary schools throughout Michigan improve hygiene with this innovative, new energy-free technology.” –  Matthew Russell, Editor for UIX Grand Rapids

Michigan Inventors Coalition

Keep Your Gloves Dry!
Michigan company featured on ABC’s World News Tonight’s Made in America Series

IGA Spotlight

LinkedIn Holiday Special Promotion!

We hope you enjoy this wonderful Christmas gift, free for one week, to all of our IGA Members!
Leveraging LinkedIn for the Low, is designed to help product developers spark engagement, get their ideas into companies, and most effectively leverage their efforts while using a free LinkedIn account. The course consists of on-screen “how to” instructions outlining new methods of using community on LinkedIn as well as proven scripts and techniques that has helped inventRight students be successful on the platform.

To receive this offer, click our “Enroll Here!” button, and then click enroll on the site! Or use this promo code IGA-HAPPYHOLIDAYS at the payment screen.

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Leveraging LinkedIn For The Low

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A perfect gift for your little one!

Kidpreneurs, Young Entrepreneurs with Big Ideas is a perfect holiday gift for the special child in your life. This book goes into detail about entrepreneurship, business plans, networking, and sample business’ for kids ages 6 to 12 to read!

Take a look: Kidpreneurs Book

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GoGo Gift Bag!

Looking for an easier or more economical way to wrap your gifts? Bag it with the GoGo Gift Bag!

“For most entrepreneurs, landing one’s product in a big-box retailer is the ultimate goal. Erin Borges, an inventor and mom from Monterey Calif., did just that — and in under two years.” – Stephen Key, Entrepreneur

GoGo Gift Bag Facebook Page

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Open Innovation Friendly!

This company would love to hear from you! If you have a toy idea you would love to pitch, check out Zuru.
Zuru is looking for you!

Learn More Here!

Here’s another company looking for toy product ideas!

“Fat Brain Toy Co. is actively seeking “great ideas.” If you have a toy or a game concept you’d like to bring to market, please fill in the fields below and we’ll contact you promptly with the next steps… but remember – it always starts with a great idea.” – Fat Brain Toys

Fat Brain Toys is interested in your ideas!

Submit Your Product Idea Here!

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Current Events

Where: Delfino Ballroom (Level 4) 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109
Time: 9 am to 11 am
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Crowdsourcing IP Research: From Novelty to Best Practice

December 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm EST

“Join RWS IP Research COO, Peter Vanderheyden, for a live webinar on how crowdsourcing your prior art can serve as a best practice for your IP research. What was once a novel and uncertain methodology has been reliably used to kill bad patents in litigation, monetize patent portfolios and even provide competitive analyses.” – IP Watchdog

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“The Flywheel Investment Conference is a full-day event that brings entrepreneurs, investors and community members together to cultivate momentum for growing companies across Washington State.

The conference includes educational seminars, speaker panels, investment competition, and resources from professional service providers.” – Flywheel Conference

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Upcoming Trade Shows

CES 2019

January 8 – 11, Las Vegas
From 3D printing to virtual reality, this trade show is a must for all things tech.

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Toy Fair 2019

February 16 – 19, New York
A wonderful trade show to become a kid again!

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2019 International
Home + Housewares Show

March 2 – 5, Chicago
Join us for another year at the Home + Housewares Show!

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In The News

“CF@TF” Inventor Day

When: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 5 p.m, EST

The Toy Association is excited to announce the inaugural “CF@TF” Inventor Day being held Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City during Toy Fair New York. Through Creative Factor, The Toy Association’s educational program for inventors and designers, inventors with fresh ideas will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to toy and youth entertainment professionals and potential manufacturing partners.” – The Toy Association

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Don’t Go Wrong This Holiday!

“Before grabbing a present on your way to your holiday destinations, this year take the time to think about how a gift may have been designed to make someone’s life easier. Maybe even invent something great for next year and we’ll be talking all about how great you are!” – Quirky

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Inventor Resources

Image Credit: Sunwoo Jung, Getty Images
11 Ways to Stop Companies From Ripping Off Your Invention

Commercializing a product idea has never been easy. And today, competition is fiercer than ever. True, the internet has provided new outlets for marketing and selling. But there are also copycats around every corner waiting to pounce. I want you to arm yourself with knowledge. When you act like a professional and make very smart choices, you will be able to hold companies accountable to work honestly with you — instead of around you.” – Stephen Key, Entrepreneur

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The Invention Stories Podcast

Those of us at Invention Stories have a small and simple goal in mind – to bring invention to all, help inventors to invent, and give free exposure to those who do. It is our goal to make invention a clearer and easier process by developing a community and resource pool for inventors and providing free exposure to them as well.” – The Invention Stories Podcast

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“Of course, the trick is knowing which 2% of inventions are going to be the ones that make money. Hindsight is always 20-20, and because of the rules of the system it is necessary to take initial steps to file for protection by at least filing a provisional application well before it is known whether an invention is likely going to be a critical asset that supports a viable money making proposition.” – Gene Quinn, IP Watchdog

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How to Protect an Idea or Invention Prototype: 5 Important Steps

When you have come up with a new idea or invention, one of your biggest concerns is keeping it safe and preventing others from stealing your idea. You have worked hard on your prototype, and you deserve to reap the benefits instead of someone else getting their hands on it. If you have been wondering just how to protect an idea or invention prototype, these next five steps will help to keep it safe. – Onega Ulanova, LA New Product Development Team

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Giving a Voice to Inventors on Capitol Hill

IGA is dedicated to fighting for stronger patent rights to protect independent inventors. Make your voice heard, or learn more on our website. 

IGA – The number #1 resource for inventors!

Our goals are simple:

Teach inventors how to commercialize their inventions by providing them with the most current information and the best practices to bring their inventions to market.

Strengthen and support inventor groups throughout the nation.

Give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of inventors on Capitol Hill and at the USPTO on important topics.

IGA supports inventors groups across America!

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