IGA would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with our special gift to you in this newsletter!
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
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 company featured on ABC’s World News Tonight’s Made in America Series
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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!
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“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
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
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
“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
“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
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
“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
“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
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