Posted on July 09, 2021You should be. But don't let the worry stop you.Checking for possible infringement issues can get complicated and very expensive. A legal opinion from a lawyer on whether or not your invention violates someone else's patent rights can be (usually is) MORE expensive than getting an issued utility patent!This is an area that's filled with gray areas and many, many unknowns, especially in fields that move quickly like tech and biotech. If it's a hot field, even if you can't find anything to worry about in a search, there's a decent chance someone already has a patent pending (including provisional ...
Honest advice driven by data and experience. Maybe even a license deal.
"How do I get started with my invention?"
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 .
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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 02, 2021You have a brilliant, amazing, life changing invention (or at least one that will reduce frustration a little bit or make life more fun). How do you tell people about it? You have a fraction of a second to grab attention, maybe two seconds to engage someone to start paying attention and maybe 10-30 seconds to hold attention and convert them into action, like buying or giving up an email address. With all of the advances in measuring and following consumer behavior over the past 20 years you'd think that marketing had become easier, that there's an easy formula. I'm ...
Posted on June 09, 2021Adventures in Manufacturing InventionsWe just received three quotes for a new product. It's a single piece but uses two different types of plastic, a soft plastic co-molded over a hard plastic. It's small too. I guessed and hoped the unit cost would be approx $0.50 per unit and the mold around $10,000.Quote 1 / USA: Tool = $16,400; unit cost = $2.85Quote 2 / China: Tool = $21,395; unit cost = $2.67Quote 3 / China: Tool = $10,000; unit cost = $0.50The China #3 quote was exactly what I'd hoped for! We've also worked with the factory before and LOVE ...
Posted on May 11, 2021Show them the money... or the customers. And always be polite. We recently did a review for an inventor with an idea we thought was cool but we weren't sure about the market and there was prior art all around it. So we said no. He accepted the no gracefully, thanked us and then...The inventor posted a video of himself with his prototype to an interest group on Facebook. Within an hour he got 240 likes and loves, half a dozen gifs of money being thrown at him and ten comments from people saying they'd buy it. He messaged and ...
Posted on April 24, 2021How to Make Sure a Company Takes Good Care of Your InventionYou've got a company interested in possibly licensing your invention! That doesn't happen often and you should feel great about reaching this stage. Negotiating a licensing deal began when you chose the company that's now interested. Understanding the company's motivations and how it operates are now critical in successfully reaching a deal. A great royalty rate means nothing unless the invention is actually developed, made and and sold as a quality product.If you've targeted the #2 or #3 company in the market, you've made a wise choice. They'll be ...