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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.

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.


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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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Choosing Invention City

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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An Amazon Listing is NOT an Easy Way to Make Money With a New Invention

Posted on May 23, 2020

Making consumers aware of a new product can turn projected profits into losses.Getting a product manufactured and offered for sale has never been easier, thanks to affordable 3D design and Amazon. However, making customers aware of a product and turning a profit has never been harder. Our VertiGrille® offers a fine case study. We went to market on our own after rejecting a deal from a major housewares company. To keep things easy, we decided to sell exclusively on Amazon with Amazon FBA (fulfillment by Amazon). We did some PR, which worked a bit. Tried advertising on Youtube, Facebook, Adwords ...

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Are Patents Good or Bad?

Posted on May 16, 2020

Patents can incentivize inventors and they can also block innovation. Wright Brothers at Kitty HawkWould the Wright Brothers have pursued innovations in flight as aggressively as they did without the imperfect promise of patent protection? Probably not - and without their aggressive efforts, the development of the airplane would surely have taken longer. Conversely, would airplanes have developed faster if the Wright Brothers didn't get patents and enforce them? Absolutely. The Wright Brothers patent story is fascinating. The basic principles of flight, such as lift generated by an airfoil, were in the public domain. But until the Wright Brothers came ...

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Coronavirus Vaccine Production Faces Common Manufacturing Problems

Posted on April 22, 2020

Everything has a supply chain, even vaccines.April 22, 2020 - Scientists around the world are racing to develop a vaccine to fight COVID-19. Hopefully they will have success soon. Once they have found something promising and after it's been tested and proven, there remains the challenge of manufacturing it in ginormous quantities. The challenges of manufacturing and distributing a vaccine are surprisingly similar to those of manufacturing any new product. Common things sometimes become stumbling blocks and things you never thought to consider can bite you in the butt.As it turns out, a current shortage of sand may slow down ...

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How a Design Contest Can Help Your Invention Succeed

Posted on April 15, 2020

Great product concepts do not succeed on the concept alone. The idea not only needs to function well but also needs to have the right look for its intended audience. No one gets the right design on the first try. That's why independent designers and design firms begin a project by spinning out a wide range of initial concepts. Now imagine you could get ideas from dozens of designers all at the same time? That's the idea behind Cad Crowd's design contests. Design contests are used for all types of projects. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product or ...

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The Holy Grail of Inventing Has been Found...

Posted on April 14, 2020

The Formula for Starlite Is Revealed*By Mike MarksLast Sunday morning I left my basement office in a rare state of excitement and headed upstairs. My daughter Jane was at the kitchen table quietly sipping coffee. I slapped the table and whooped, “I’m Indiana Jones, I just found the Holy Grail!” and proceeded to show her a video of a guy on YouTube directing a blazing brazing torch at his fingers for a full twenty seconds. The guy explained how his fingers were singe-protected by a thin layer of material he’d concocted from corn starch, baking soda and Elmer’s glue. The ...

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