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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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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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Launching a New Product Is Like a Job Interview.

Posted on December 08, 2023

You only get one chance to make a first impression. If you rush to the interview with your clothes a mess and arrive sweaty and stressed out, you won't get the job. The same thing is true with a new product.If the product has quality problems, if the packaging design is sloppy, if the instructions are poorly written, it will make a poor impression on potential buyers in two ways. First, if it looks bad, few people will buy it. Second, if the quality is low and it's hard to figure out how to assemble or use, buyers will give ...

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Inventing With AI

Posted on December 03, 2023

As an example of what AI can currently do for inventors, I’m posting examples of an invention created by ChatGPT and illustrated by Discord's Midjourney bot.Squeeze Drive Pro "invented" by Chat GPT. Invention illustration by Discord's Midjourney bot using ChatGPT's description.Bottom line: It’s interesting, but not there yet.For the prompt, I used a simple description of our first product, the SqueezeDriver, a rotary hand powered screwdriver. SqueezeDriver is in the public domain and I’m not worried about AI related issues of inventorship and public disclosure. For now, I would not prompt current AI tools with confidential information.The image above was ...

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Inventing Is Like The Olympics Part 2

Posted on November 08, 2023

Think about organizing your entire life around the chance to run 100 meters in the Olympics four years from today. Just the chance. Every day you'll train for hours, day after day, for years. Think about all of the good luck you'll need avoiding illness and injury to make it to the starting block, the personal sacrifices. And then you'll have less than 10 seconds to make your dream come true and win gold.Inventing is like that. You have a great idea and can spend years developing it, protecting it, making prototypes and then bringing it to market. Whether it's ...

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Inventing Is Like The Olympics

Posted on November 05, 2023

Edwin Moses won 122 consecutive races.I’ve never told anyone before. In 1984, at the Olympics in Los Angeles, in the LA Memorial Coliseum, with a crowd in the stands, I ran 400 meters around the track. Yes, the official games were over and the crowd was leaving. But I ran on the same track on the same day (more or less) as Gold Medal winners Edwin Moses and Carl Lewis… with a pack of photographers who’d been taking pix at the finish line. Working for Newsweek and ABC with photographer Ken Regan, my job at the running and hurdles events ...

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Apple Watches Threatened by Patent Litigation

Posted on October 31, 2023

Is Stealing Intellectual Property Part of Apple's DNA?In 1996 Steve Jobs said: “Picasso had a saying... ‘Good artists copy; great artists steal.’ And we have, you know, always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” A decade earlier, according to my godfather, Jess Rifkind, a key member of the legendary Xerox PARC Research Lab, Jobs ripped off core concepts for what became the Apple Macintosh. Apple's current attitude toward outside innovators is expressed in their unsolicited invention submission policy. In short, if you send an unsolicited idea to Apple, they will claim to own it.Which brings us to today's NYC story ...

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