July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter Issue #32

How A Fellow Inventor Turned A Holiday Gift Idea Into A Licensed Invention!

“My guest for today’s episode is Karen Bonnici, creator of the Super Blanky® and the Super Towel®. This inventor mom joins Azhelle Wade on today’s episode to talk about her journey inventing and licensing the popular product, currently sold at Target. This inspiring and lesson packed story starts at a sewing table and ends on the shelf! Karen shares with us the creative process she went through to conceptualize Super Blanky, her path to protecting her idea, and how she determined if she had a marketable concept in the first place!

From manufacturing, sales, marketing, and eventually licensing, Karen has learned a lot about bringing a children’s product to market and graciously shares her insights in this super valuable episode.” – The Toy Coach

Learn about Karen Bonnici!

Another wonderful Inventors Online meeting we had in July; one for the books!

A big shout out to the many inventors who joined us to connect and learn! There were inventors from many states here in the U.S. as well as all over the world!

Thank you to Azhelle Wade, President at The Toy Coach, for taking our questions face-to-face, inspiring our inventing community, and teaching us the ins and outs of the toy industry! Your passion is liberating, and one we all can look up to.


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Are you ready for our next Inventors Online Meeting?!


If you are already signed up, add date to Google Calendar!
Do you have questions about intellectual property? Join us on Wednesday August 12th for an intimate Q & A with Elizabeth Dougherty, the Eastern Regional Outreach Director of the USPTO! She will be pulling back the curtain on IP during Covid-19 and answering all of our burning questions.

Elizabeth has dedicated much of her career to the USPTO’s outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. In this effort she has developed, implemented, and supervised programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities. She has spearheaded a number of special projects with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States. Over the years, she has also served in the USPTO’s Office of Petitions, the Office of Innovation Development, and the Office of Government Affairs.

It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to sit down with the USPTO. We’re honored to host this truly special event!

Send your questions in early by sending them to “[email protected]” with the subject, “Question for Elizabeth”.

Inventors Online meetings take place once a month, and they are designed to give you resources, pathways, leadership, and guidance. You will get an opportunity to talk to your peers, ask questions, and get advice and help from guest experts.

How to sign up:

1. Sign in and click on Inventors Online, under Member Resources.
2. Sign up for the meeting with our form! If you are already logged in, you can click here! You will get an email with the link to join.

Note: If you have already signed up, you do not need to sign up again. You will get an email with the link to join. We are limiting our Zoom Inventors Online meetings to 100 people. We currently have 275+ signed up. Please show up early to ensure you are able to join in on the discussion. If our meeting maxes out, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Bring your questions!

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How do you create a product with a WOW factor? Join us on August 5th for our next Educational Webinar with Serial Inventor, wicked good problem solver, & insightful advisor, Lisa Lloyd! At 4pm Pacific, learn about how to produce a product that has a WOW factor!

Lisa’s success began with her idea for a barrette. While working for the CBS affiliate in Tucson, AZ she often wore her hair up in a French Twist. Friends and co-workers regularly asked how she fashioned the professional up-do so she began to scour stores to find a barrette that would help. When she discovered there was nothing on the market she decided to invent one. A short thirteen months later she had patented, manufactured, sold to stores and ultimately licensed the patent to Scunci® for 20 years of regular income. The product is now sold in stores around the world and has generated over $20M globally! Since then Lisa has licensed 6 more products to major distributors including Goody Products®, Scunci®. and Helen of Troy®. Additionally Lisa is the founder of the Inventor’s Association of Arizona and has been consultant for hundreds of small businesses and startups as a contractor for several Accelerators in New Orleans.

Lisa has spent nearly two decades as a speaker and trainer on the subjects of innovation, licensing and business development. Lisa is passionate about consulting startups, budding and seasoned inventors. She’s a forward thinker, voracious learner and always looking for new ways to be of value to entrepreneurs and innovators.

Towards the end of each webinar we hold a live Q & A for our guest speakers, but we don’t have enough time for every question. Send your question early to [email protected] with the subject, “VIP Question to Lisa” to be considered!

The Webinars are held on Wednesdays at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
We will share a recording of each presentation on our site. If you have signed up for a past educational webinar, you don’t need to sign up again.

Sign Up for this Webinar Series!

A Kids IP Book! – By Becki Lee


“Intellectual property affects everyone. Even from an early age, children consume books, movies, and music, and start to recognize logos. Kids are not likely to learn about trademarks, patents, and copyrights in grade school, so they go by what they hear in pop culture. That information is often flawed. As children grow into young adults, they become songwriters, authors, artists, and entrepreneurs who could use intellectual property to support their dreams.

But there is a barrier to entry in terms of truly understanding their rights, because only lawyers are formally trained to navigate the issues. Our children deserve to be empowered by learning the basics about copyrights, trademarks, and patents as early as they can.

Do You Draw Pictures? is a small step in that direction, using easy-to-understand language and fun illustrations to help kids understand intellectual property and how those rights apply to their own lives. Pick up a copy today so you can help the future generation of artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs learn to protect their creations.”

Pre-Order on Amazon!

Stop Selling. Start Storytelling with Ken Moskowitz – The Entrepreneurs On Fire Podcast


“Ken Moskowitz is an accidental pilot, father of five, has fostered 19 kids, is a career creative director turned serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, voice over actor, 3X cheater of death, and a hotel bathroom aficionado.” – EOFire
Learn about The Entrepreneurs On Fire Podcast! “I interview inspiring Entrepreneurs to help YOU on your Entrepreneurial journey! If you’re tired of spending 90% of your day doing things you don’t enjoy and only 10% doing things you love, then you’re in the right place. My goal with Entrepreneurs On Fire is to deliver the inspiration and strategies you need to FIRE UP your entrepreneurial journey and create the life you’ve always dreamed of.” – John Lee Dumas, EOFire

Listen to the Podcast Episode Here!







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