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Beat the Odds: How to Get Your Invention Licensed

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 @ 3:12 pm | Written by Jack Lander | 1 Comment »
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If you want to license your invention for royalty payments, you have to deliver more than a “me too” product. Prospective companies will demand that your product exceed their standard profit goals in order to pay royalties, which represent increased expense.

Many inventors believe the way to get a company interested in their inventions is to write a letter – and then hope they receive an invitation to begin negotiations. This seldom happens.

Your licensing quest should begin by phoning and asking for your prospect’s invention submission guidelines. Know that many times unpatented inventions, or inventions without at least a patent pending, will not be accepted.

A Limited Run: Testing the Market Without Going Broke

Posted: Friday, Aug 26, 2011 @ 7:24 am | Written by Jack Lander | 2 comments
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Licensing your invention is a lot easier if you can show that it’s selling. That means you have to produce a small quantity of your product. Nice idea – until you learn that a plastic injection mold costs $25,000.

Now what? Fortunately, there are options. You just have to know where to look.

Small-quantity manufacturing lies between rapid prototyping processes and volume production. To discover the processes in the low- to mid-quantity range, visit Also search —job shop shows — on for contract manufacturers, there were about 1,000 references last time I looked.

Q&A With Sarah Miller Caldicott, Thomas Edison’s Grandniece

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 @ 7:30 am | Written by Mike Drummond | 1 Comment »
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Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison

Sarah Miller Caldicott is the great grandniece of the legend himself, Thomas Alva Edison. She’s a motivational speaker, head of business consulting firm PowerPatterns and the co-author of Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor.In this installment of Five Questions With … Caldicott reveals what she’s learned and gained from being related to an icon of innovation.

ID: Talk about the responsibilities, burdens or benefits of having ties to Thomas Edison.

SMC: I learned that my family was linked to Edison when I was about 8. My parents gave me an Edison phonograph and a whole series of cylindrical records and paper sleeves. I had the opportunity to compare it with my contemporary record player. It prompted me to focus on change and how consumers connect with technology and in what ways and that eventually launched me on a career path with marketing.

Picking Strategic Partners: How and Why

Posted: Saturday, Aug 13, 2011 @ 1:47 pm | Written by Jack Lander | 1 Comment »
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In business and the corporate world, it’s all about who know. When bringing an invention idea to fruition, it’s all about whom you partner with. There are tangible, financial benefits to finding partners who offer services vital to your new company’s survival. These services may come from a designer, prototyper, patent lawyer or manufacturer. In other words, they bring to the table more than the deep pockets of a venture capitalist or angel investor.

For example, you were quoted $40,000 for plastic injection molds needed to manufacture your invention. You already spent $10,000 on the patent and prototype, and you cannot afford this additional cost. You have two choices: find an investment partner to cover the cost, but will subsequently want a stake. Or partner with a plastic molder who would contribute a mold and perhaps some early production in exchange for a stake of your startup.

Edison Nation Launches Phase 2 of $25 Million Innovation Fund

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 4 comments
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Louis Foreman, the producer of the Emmy Award winning PBS television show Everyday Edisons and the publisher of Inventors Digest, announced in April 2011 that he was launching of a $25 million Innovation Fund. Phase 1 of the search for inventions for the Fund to invest in was completed in mid-June 2011.  Phase 2 of the search for inventions and ideas has just begun and will run through Monday, September 12th, 2011.

“The Fund is off to a great start and we have received some very innovative technologies as part of the first wave,” Foreman said. “I am amazed at the creativity and ingenuity. It just reinforces our original premise that everyone has a great idea, but most people don’t follow through. The Fund has become a catalyst to submit these ideas and see if they have commercial viability.”  The proceeds of the Fund which will be invested by Edison Nation to bring innovations to market.  Inventors who have their inventions or ideas selected will share in any profits with Edison Nation.

Attention Patent Attorneys, $25 Million Available for Inventors

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 @ 3:35 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 3 comments
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Louis Foreman at Inventors HOF Induction May 4, 2011

Louis Foreman, the producer of the Emmy Award winning PBS television show Everyday Edisons, as well as the CEO of the design firm Enventys and publisher of Inventors Digest, recently announced the launching of a $25 million Innovation Fund, the proceeds of which will be used to bring innovations to market.  In an interview with Foreman (see below) he explained to me that he is looking for inventions and ideas for all kinds of products, and not just the consumer products that Everyday Edisons has become known for.  Foreman explains that medical devices, military and law enforcement technology, social networking innovations and even software are all desirable ideas/innovations for the Innovation Fund.

To help what might be the best ideas and inventions percolate to the top Foreman has created what he refers to as a “Patent Attorney Referral Program.”  This program is designed to benefit patent attorneys and patent agents whose clients submit innovative ideas and concepts. This isn’t one of those unethical referral programs though, so no worries there.  If a client of a patent attorney or patent agent is selected and accepts the offer of assistance from the Innovation Fund then the patent attorney or patent agent representing that inventor will be retained by the Innovation Fund to provide the legal services required to pursue patent rights.

Inventors Digest Publisher, Louis Foreman, Cited in Patent Reform Debate in US Senate

Posted: Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 @ 3:20 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 14 comments
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Louis Foreman

Yesterday from the floor of the Senate, while debating whether the Senate should pass patent reform bill S. 23, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) cited a letter from Louis Foreman in support of patent reform, which was entered into the record without objection.  The name Louis Foreman is well known to those in the inventor community.  Foreman is the publisher of Inventors Digest, the Executive Producer of Everyday Edisons, an inventor himself and a serial entrepreneur.

Foreman, who supports patent reform efforts generally and S. 23 specifically, started his first business as a sophomore in college twenty years ago.  He has successfully started 8 business in that twenty year period and has been an integral part of twenty additional ventures.  Foreman has ten U.S. patents and his firm, enventys, has helped develop and file for another 400 patents.  This experience easily has shown Foreman, in his own words, that “the USPTO is hampered by a system that is in dire need of reform.”

Reporting from the 15th Annual USPTO Inventors Conference

Posted: Saturday, Nov 6, 2010 @ 7:13 pm | Written by Renee C. Quinn | Comments Off
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Top: Ken Bloemer, Cathie Kirik, Louis Foreman, Warren Tuttle. Bottom: John Calvert, Art Fry, George Peters, Michael Diep.

This week I attended the 15th Annual Independent Inventors Conference at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia.  During this event I was able to interact with many independent inventors, many individuals that work within the IP community and many employees of the USPTO, including USPTO Director David Kappos, Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, Peggy Focarino, Chief Communications Officer and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary Peter Pappas, Administrator of the Inventors Assistance Program John Calvert and Cathy Kirik of the Inventor’s Assistance Program. There were speakers from both the IP community and the USPTO on topics pertinent to this audience, including the inventor of the Post It Note, Art Fry.  The attendees were given the opportunity to attend different educational break out sessions that were meant to educate the independent inventor on the entire patent process.  Following is an overview of the morning sessions of day one that were open to all attendees.

Day one began with Richard Maulsby from the Office of Public Affairs at the USPTO greeting all of the attendees that was meant to give them an overview of what they could expect from the next two days of the event.   All of the morning sessions were open to all attendees followed by break out sessions later in the day where the attendees were able to choose the sessions they wanted to attend.  Most of the sessions were repeated throughout the event, so that the attendees would not have to forego one topic session to attend another.

Everyday Edisons Producer & Inventors Digest Publisher, Louis Foreman, Supports Patent Reform

Posted: Thursday, Apr 8, 2010 @ 11:50 am | Written by Gene Quinn | Comments Off
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Louis Foreman is the creator, executive producer and lead judge of the Emmy® award-winning PBS reality show Everyday Edisons, which features ordinary people transforming their original ideas into retail products.  Foreman is also Chief Executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm with offices in Charlotte, NC and Taiwan, as well as the publisher of Inventors Digest, the largest and oldest publication for the inventor community.  He is also co-author of The Independent Inventor’s Handbook.  Foreman is an inventor himself, holding 10 US patents.  So it is fair to say that few people know the trials and tribulations of independent inventors better than Louis does, and Louis Foreman supports patent reform.

Earlier today, Foreman sent the letter reproduced below to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who is Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  It is the Senate Judiciary Committee that has pending before it S. 515 relating to patent reform.  As his letter explains, Foreman supports patent reform because “leaving the current system alone is not an option, nor does it benefit anyone.”  Foreman believes the pending patent reform is a “significant improvement” because, among other things, it will lower fees for micro-entities and because it will “ultimately result in a stronger patent making it easier for independent inventors and small businesses to attract start-up capital.”

A Critique of Popular Mechanics Patent Reform Article

Posted: Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Written by Mike Drummond | Comments Off
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I applaud Popular Mechanics for tackling the under-covered issue of patent reform in Inventors Slam Patent Reform Effort. However, I disagree with some of the magazine’s assertions.

Regarding first-to-invent vs. first-to-file, PM says:

FTI theoretically allows an inventor to sit on an idea for years, gradually improving it until he or she is ready to file. FTF eliminates that strategy, making it impossible to dispute a patent or application once it’s filed. There’s no guarantee that the first person to file will necessarily land a patent, but FTF closes the window of opportunity to attack that first, successful filing.

The proposed reform calls for a post-grant review process – itself controversial because some believe larger companies will be able to tie up patents with so-called serial challenges. The bill provides the ability to challenge the patent in a post-grant-review proceeding for one year following issuance based on a broad array of grounds related to patentability.

Sneak Peek of Interview with David Kappos

Posted: Friday, Dec 4, 2009 @ 7:02 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 5 comments
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USPTO Director David Kappos

USPTO Director David Kappos

Mike Drummond, the Editor of Inventors Digest, sat down for an interview with David Kappos a few weeks ago while he was in Alexandria, Virginia, attending the Independent Inventors Conference. As has probably become apparent over the last several months Mike and I have been cooperating on a number of projects, sharing articles and doing some cross promotion. While I am just a patent attorney with an attitude, a particular point of view and one who can type super fast without looking at the keys, Mike is a real journalist. He has done a couple journalistic tours in Iraq and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for work he did while writing for the Charlotte Observer. So while I sometimes pretend to interview people, Drummond is the real deal. With a little arm twisting I was able to convince him to give me a sneak peek of his interview with David Kappos, the new Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the Patent and Trademark Office. What follows are excerpts from Drummond’s exclusive interview with Kappos. You can read the full story in the magazine’s January 2010 issue, which if you are not getting you really should! So subscribe to Inventors Digest today!  Oh yes… to keep within the spirit of the obviously unconstitutional FTC endorsement guidelines that went into effect on December 1, 2009, I am endorsing Inventors Digest and suggesting you should subscribe because I think it is an excellent magazine.  It also happens to be the only place you can read the full Kappos interview with Mike Drummond. Inventors Digest did not pay me to say that, and those who know me know that no one could pay me enough to say something I don’t believe!  So I hope you are happy FTC police, and please don’t come knocking!

Honorable Mention: Gene Therapy Double Helix Health Care

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 5:47 pm | Written by Mike Drummond | 2 comments
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Courtesy of NASA

Courtesy of NASA

Inventors Digest held a youth innovation essay contest, in part to celebrate National Inventors Month, last August. The four winning essays are at The magazine received and reviewed some 400 essays from across the country. Inventors Digest, in cooperation with IPWatchdog, is showcasing several essays deserving of honorable mention. This is the second Honorable Mention Essay. The first was written by Hannah Joy Coad and was titled Nanobots – An Invention of the Future. This and other essays illustrate the creativity and optimism of today’s youth.

Gene Therapy – Double Helix Health Care

By Evan Brown, 17, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, VA

It’s an average day. You wake up, read the paper, and head off to work. While stuck in the daily traffic jam, you notice a slight twitch of your head.

The fleeting movement goes by unnoticed, unchecked and you go about your life. That seemingly innocuous tick is the precursor to a debilitating and often fatal condition known as Huntington’s Disease.