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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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Latest from the Invention City Blog...

Why Cannibalism Can Be A Problem For Inventors Seeking Licensing Deals

Posted on September 19, 2022

I'm not talking about eating executives who say "no" to you, as tempting as that may be. I'm referring to the possibility that sales of your wonderful new invention would replace sales of an existing product. For example, let's say you have a much improved mouse trap that catches mice 100% of the time and costs just pennies more than a conventional mouse trap that fails half the time (we just tried licensing such a product). Why on earth wouldn't a company jump at the chance to license the vastly improved product?Cannibalism. That's why. A company that pretty much owns ...

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Who Will Buy Your Product?

Posted on August 06, 2022

Yesterday I had a long conversation with inventors who had spent $45,000 on their idea and were about to spend another $8,000 on pursuing a patent. The idea itself was laudable. But their odds of making money from it are less than 0.1% (that might be generous). I asked, “have you considered who the customer is, who will actually pay for this invention?” They had not. Never mind that meaningful patent protection is a pipe dream. If you haven’t considered who will actually PAY for your product, then you might as well burn $100 bills in the fireplace. - Mike ...

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Invention City's Steps For Bringing an Invention To Market

Posted on July 26, 2022

CONFIRMATION / VISUALIZATION / INITIAL PROTECTIONBrutally Honest Assessment Executive summary of inventionInitial prior art checkInventicator analysis3D Renderings of Invention (Different from 3D CAD model)Provisional Patent Application 3D Animation Design/Engineer/CAD Model/PrototypeIndustrial designerPrototyping sources SourcingComponent sourcesBuy samples (may require short run tooling)Test and evaluate Final assembly optionsPackaging sourcesShipping sourcesWarehousing optionsLiability insurance quote (need instructions and website)Packaging Design & InstructionsDesign package for sales channelUPC, QR CodeInstructions for use, text and drawingsFURTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTIONNon Provisional Utility PatentPCT FilingDesign PatentTrademarkWeb domainsSecure identity in social media channelsDISTRIBUTIONCosts on per project basisBasicsProduct positioning, brand profileImages, video, textAd accounts Google/Bing/FBAds formatted for ad platformsAd testingWebsiteDomainLanding Page, contact ...

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A Predictable and Honorable Product Launch Failure

Posted on June 13, 2022

Our recent launch of Dream Changer on Indiegogo has failed. It didn’t just merely fail, it really most sincerely failed. Dream Changer is a placebo remote control that helps kids overcome nightmares. It’s a nice looking product with a wonderful back story and was shown to work in a formal field study.In the event, we raised a total of $97 (note the lack of zeros) on day 1 of the campaign and not a dollar more was pledged in the two weeks that followed. That’s despite sending out a formal press release via PR Newswire, reaching out directly to 50+ ...

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Invention City Publishes a Novel

Posted on May 31, 2022

Treated book like a product, did Brutally Honest Review and said, "Yes."Dead Tide by Jane MarksAvailable on AmazonA year ago, my daughter Jane was nearing completion of a murder-mystery novel and wanted Brutally Honest feedback to either be crushed and told to give up on writing or encouraged to try and make a career out of it. One of the first things I tell inventors is to get feedback from friends and family. In this case I didn't feel qualified because I don't read woman-oriented murder mysteries. And Jane's mom is too nice. I mentioned this to my friend, Jo ...

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