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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.

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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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Why Are You Inventing?

Posted on April 15, 2022

Money is NOT the One Reason.Money is an important byproduct and profits must be available to everyone in the supply chain for an invention to be commercially successful, but money alone does not explain why most inventors invent.If all you care about is money you can make it faster, easier and in far greater quantities by investing in stocks or real estate.The act of creating a new product, of taking an idea in your mind and turning it into something that other people use and pay for, is like medieval alchemy, like turning lead into gold. It's a kind of ...

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Patent Titles Matter

Posted on February 10, 2022

"Hand-squeeze powered motorless driver"It is your job as inventor to see that potential partners, investors and customers understand your invention. Make it easy for them to "get it." For product names, sales sheets and web pages this concept is well known. But it applies to patents too.Patent titles are often seen in investor presentations. An easy to understand title can reinforce the message that the patent has value.Patent titles are also seen when competitors search prior art to try and avoid stepping on a patent. A title that accurately describes the invention in commonly used terms will help competitors find ...

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What kinds of inventions are most likely to be licensed?

Posted on February 10, 2022

1. Well defined target market.2. Retail price 5X or more of manufactured cost.3. Unique and useful benefits delivered by means of a unique structure or process that can be patent protected. 4. Evidence of proven demand by the target market.5. Working prototype that proves the functions and benefits claimed.6. Safe and manufacturable with current technologies.It's a high bar and your invention doesn't need to jump over all of the points to be successfully licensed. But If you have an invention that covers all of those points, the odds of a successful licensing deal are high. At the very least, Invention ...

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Introducing the Air Whirl Crisper!

Posted on January 28, 2022

Invention City is pleased to announce the soft launch of the Air Whirl Crisper™:Inventor Bill Stumphauzer submitted his invention to Invention City in the summer of 2016. After multiple failed licensing deals and a failed Kickstarter, Invention City found a home for the product with AllStar Innovations. You can buy it here: https://airwhirlcrisper.com/We appreciate the hard work by AllStar, the designers and engineers who preceded them and the patience of inventor Bill Stumphauzer. Now we hope that the product will achieve the great success it deserves.Mike Marks ...

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Who To Contact to Pitch An Invention

Posted on January 11, 2022

Finding the right contact person increases the chances your invention will be seriously considered.The best person to start with at a company is someone in the role of "Product Manager." There are different names for the function at different companies. As a rule, it's someone on the marketing side who is in charge of commercializing similar new products, the person who would, for example, present your invention to Walmart or negotiate with Amazon, once it's developed. Next best are people with titles like VP of Design. Try to avoid engineering (although you may end up there). Sales and marketing people ...

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