Posted on August 12, 2017Peter asked us a question familiar to all inventors: "My invention does not have a lot of hidden secrets. If I tell people what it is, most people in this industry would be able to go away and figure out how to do it themselves. I have taken out a provisional application for a patent on it. If the companies I approach are not prepared to sign an NDA which helps to protect me from them stealing my idea, what can I tell them in the initial approach?" We call this the Catch-22 of inventing and have ...
Honest feedback based on deep experience. Maybe a licensing deal.
Products created and commercialized by Invention City and its partners have generated over $500,000,000 in retail sales and tens of millions in royalty income. We are actively looking to license new inventions in all categories and all stages of development. When we say "yes" we offer to do it all and pay for everything so that you risk nothing more - we take responsibility for patents, prototypes, engineering, design and marketing, to turn your new invention idea into a manufactured product with a real opportunity for market success. The first step to working with us is our Brutally Honest Review. Click to see the video and read our fine print in bold.
Starting as garage inventors we've had over 25 years of experience creating, developing, licensing and selling inventions to Fortune 100 corporations and start-up companies. This gives us deep first hand knowledge of prior art research, market evaluation, building prototypes, engineering for manufacturing, industrial design, writing and filing US and international patents and trademarks, defending patents and trademarks in the US and internationally, negotiating licensing agreements, managing licensing relationships, sourcing and managing manufacturing and fulfillment, marketing via traditional distribution to mass merchants, chains, individual retailers, direct marketing via DRTV, internet and crowd funding, forming strategic partnerships and launching and selling start-up companies. We don't know of anyone in our industry who's had our breadth and depth of experience. We've enjoyed a lot of success and have learned from failures too. Learn more about us here.
You can see some of our past and current product successes below. Click here to see some of the inventions we currently have in development.
Over the years we've heard from inventors who've wasted thousands, tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars pursuing their dreams and failing. Invention City's mission is to help inventors keep money in their pockets, increase their chances of success and commercialize great new product ideas through licensing and partnership deals. The Invention City team is comprised of successful inventors and entrepreneurs who've made their money by bringing new patented products to market. We want to make money with you, not from you. Read about us here .
The difference between Invention City and other invention companies is the success, depth and unique experiences of the Invention City team along with a business model that's structured to profit with inventors rather than from them. Invention City grew out of WorkTools, Inc., (read about WorkTools here.) We come at this business having been bona fide garage inventors and that's where our hearts remain. These links explain:
We believe that inventors should do as much as they can on their own and then, when informed and ready, seek help and advice from providers who genuinely care. Our Brutally Honest Review is a great way to get professional feedback and a real chance for success. A visit to the info booth is a good way to get started. Be careful about disclosing proprietary and confidential information to anyone. We hope that your visit is productive. Please visit us often and let us know how we can make things better.
Invention City provides inventors and new product idea developers with information, resources and help for each stage of the inventing process. Use the links above to learn how to:
- Evaluate invention potential
- Make an invention prototype
- Understand patents and how to patent inventions
- Submit inventions to potential partners
- Invention licensing manufacturing and marketing
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Posted on July 14, 2017Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission put the kibosh on World Patent Marketing ("WPM"), an invention promotion company that rose from out of nowhere in 2014 to become one of the most hyped invention companies on the Internet. WPM is said to have defrauded inventors out of more than $10 million with promises of patents, licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreements. None of the inventors WPM worked with made money and many ended up in debt or losing their life savings. I first became aware of WPM when one of their clients submitted an invention to Invention City for ...
Posted on June 20, 2017A provisional patent application offers a low cost way to reserve protection of an invention idea for one year. With a well written provisional in place you can maintain your claim of patent priority when presenting your invention idea to investors, designers, manufacturers and possible licensees. Professional patent agents or attorneys will help you avoid pitfalls in the patent process. But if you take your time and get help from a resource like Patent it Yourself, you can absolutely file a good provisional patent on your own. Most inventors qualify as micro-entities and can file ...
Posted on May 16, 2017Putting a Healthy Divide Between Inventors and Managers by Scott KeeleyKeeleyDeAngelo.com Karen James is a typical software developer: focused, methodical, binary. She is also inventive. She can envision a solution to a problem via lines of code. In the early 90s Karen wrote a software application that medical staff could use to keep track of patients and manage the back office. This was before electronic health records was a thing, and forward-thinking practices were steadily purchasing it. As business increased, Karen hired a team of coders, and soon found herself heading a 50-person shop. The coder had become a ...