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Advice from the Inventor of the Rod Floater

Tue, 04 Sep 2007 04:01:23 -0700

(image) Inventor Jim Lowrance read more »

In the early 1980s, I co-invented a fishing tackle accessory, an attachment for fishing rod and reel combos with my brother-in-law we named "The Rod Floater". We saw the need for an invention that floats fishing rod and reel combos, after having near-drowning experiences with our own rod combos and after hearing the stories of other fishermen who had lost their own rod combos to watery graves, never to retrieve them. This inspired us to also add the catch phrase to the Rod Floater packaging; "A Life Vest For Your Fishing Rods!".

The Importance of Getting a "Patent Pending" for Your Invention

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 08:26:08 -0700

(image) Inventor Jim Lowrance read more »

In the early 1980s, when my brother-in-law and I wanted to get our fishing accessory, The “Rod Floater” marketed and first attempted to do so through an invention company, they did not encourage us to apply for a patent. This was one of those red flags to look for that can tell you whether or not an invention company is legitimate or not. I

Civilization IV Beyond the Sword: A Gamer's Review

Sun, 18 Nov 2007 06:52:31 -0800

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We all know in the very real world of International Relations, countries aren't always taken over militarily. In the Civilization video game series, the best turn-based strategy game in the world today, this factor has not really taken hold until now with the new game Civilization IV.

A Gamer's Review Of The Microsoft Reclusa Keyboard

Fri, 26 Oct 2007 03:51:17 -0700


So I was strolling through my favorite store in the entire world, Circuit City, and I'm always looking for better peripherals for my gaming.

While I'm not a first-person-shooter guy I do a lot of mysteries, role playing, and strategy games, the latter of which hotkey intensive. So before I take my Bluetooth keyboard down to the shooting gallery, I thought I would stop in at the Circuit City to look at a new keyboard before this one bites the dust. read more »

Making Your Pitch to a Company for the First Time

Sat, 09 Dec 2006 02:15:16 -0800

(image) Roger's Super SleeverHave you decided to try to pitch your invention to a company?

It is surprising how much thought and time an Inventor will put into their idea and how little time they will put into how they are going to pitch it to a company. Your pitch matters as much as, if not more than the idea. If you can’t convey your product's benefits in a short and concise manner, you can kill your chances with a company. read more »

Patently Pointless: Sexual Fitness Machine

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 04:01:32 -0700

(image) Forget the antiquated exercise bike, those clunky weight machines, and the threadbare treadmill. Instead, grab your guy or gal and try out the Human Sexual Fitness Machine, patented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.It's a perfect way for couples to get fit and to have fun together - literally. read more »

License My Idea or Sell It Myself?

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:41:11 -0700

You have a great idea for a new invention. But should you try to license it out or try to manufacture and sell it yourself?

Our Guest Bloggers, Stephen Key & Andrew Krauss co-Founded inventRight to teach inventors how to license their products. Stephen Key is a successful inventor who has licensed over 20 products in many different industries.Celebrities such as Alex Trebek & Michael Jordan have endorsed his products. Andrew Krauss heads up one of the largest and most successful inventors' associations in the world ( ).inventRight is a simple, effective 10 step system for licensing your products. For more information about Stephen, Andrew and inventRight, check out

Stephen and Andrew wanted to share their hands on how to advice on the invention process with the readers of

Here's their article:

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Do You Need an Engineer for Your Prototype?

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 17:24:45 -0700

Guest blogger William Colbath continues his helpful series on Prototyping for with the following article: * * * * * Hi all. Who do you think will be the last one standing on American Inventor when the dust finely clears? I am rooting for the baby carrier. But I have a very personal reason. This last week, my great granddaughter Audry died of sudden infant death syndrome. She was only 24 days old. read more »

Four Things You Need to Know About Manufacturing in Asia

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 16:14:51 -0800

(image) Thinking about manufacturing your product overseas?

Today, Asia is a hot topic amongst small businesses and inventors who want to benefit from the cost-savings there. If you are taking a product to market that will compete against products that have been on the market for some time, you might have no choice but to begin manufacturing overseas. Whatever your impetus, it's a topic that's worth becoming familiar with when you assess manufacturing options for your product. read more »

Obtaining Accurate Cost Estimates for Offshore Manufacturing

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 15:26:48 -0700

(image) Trying to manufacture your product overseas?

Our Guest Blogger, Ashton Udall, is a partner at Global Sourcing Specialists, a product development and sourcing firm that assists businesses, inventors, and
start-ups tap overseas resources to succeed in the global economy. He has helpful advice on on getting accurate cost estimates from manufactueres for the readers of

Here's his article:

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Inventive Estonia : The Most Connected City in Europe

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 14:57:11 -0700


Estonia has been benchmarking itself against Finland, Ireland and the Asian Tigers from the point of view of raising the competitiveness of their economy.  Estonia's innovation performance currently ranks it among the "moderate innovators " -alongside the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Cyprus and Spain and improving, over recent years, compared to the EU average.

Get Your Idea to Market WITHOUT an Invention Submission Firm

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 06:15:11 -0700

(image) Invention: Power Pitch Horseshoes

Did you know you don't need to use an Invention Submission Firm to show your ideas to manufacturers?

Our guest blogger Roger Brown is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools,
toys and a kitchen utensil without the aid of an Invention Submission Firm. You can see some of his inventions at He graciously agreed to share with readers of some valuable advice. Here's his article: read more »

Experiences, Our Best Invention Resources

Fri, 02 May 2008 03:25:17 -0700

(image) Where does an inventor who wants to innovate, create and improve products seek out their best potential? Must we re-tool our thinking and change often? Where do our ideas come from and where do we look for them?

Do You Bamboo?

Sat, 22 Jul 2006 17:03:09 -0700

(image) Our Guest Blogger Tim Dunn lives near environmentally concious Seattle, Washington.

Tim has diverse interests, as can be gathered from his websites,, , and

Here's the article Tim wrote on innovative ecologically friendly products for readers of

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Do you want to help save mother earth?

If so, then make consider making "green" choices when you purchase products large or small. Here is a selection of products that use bamboo, from a computer mouse to a large screen television.

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Oreck Vacuum Zaps Germs with UV Rays

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 02:47:07 -0800

(image) Vacuuming the home is definitely a mundane chore, but one necessary to live in a clean environment. Do we really get all the germs when doing this though? Oreck doesn't think so, introducing this week the world's first upright vacuum which uses ultraviolet light to kill all that nasty stuff on your floor.

Patent Pending in One Hour…Without An Attorney

Sun, 24 Feb 2008 23:28:23 -0800

Our Guest Blogger, Andrew Knight, J.D., is a Registered Patent Agent, graduate of MIT and Georgetown Law, university instructor, and owner and inventor of 13 issued U.S. patents and 15 pending patent applications. He is the instructor of Do-It-Yourself Provisional Patent™ and Do-It-Yourself Patent Course™, available at He had some great advice about patent rights to share with readers of

Here's his article: read more »

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Patent rights begin when a patent issues on an invention, and the only way to get a patent is to file a nonprovisional patent application.

Thomas Edison, World's Greatest.....Product Marketer

Thu, 09 Nov 2006 16:24:12 -0800

(image) Did you think Thomas Edison was a great inventor? He wasn't.

Our Guest Bloggers, Peter P. Roosen and Tatsuya Nakagawa, are the co-founders of Atomica Creative . Atomica Creative is a strategic product marketing company that has been involved in many successful product launches in North America and Asia in several industries. Roosen and Nakagawa have recently released a book titled "Overcoming Inventoritis - Lessons from Thomas Edison, the world's greatest product marketer". They have some valuable advice that they wanted to share with readers of

Here's their article:

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There are many stories of inventors who ended up broke, even if their inventions were first class world-beaters. read more »

TV Commercial: Now It's “YOURS & MINE” K-Y® JELLY !

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 04:06:56 -0700

(image) The folks at "K-Y® Jelly" did it! They built a better mousetrap!

Row, Row, Row Your Bike Gently Down The Street

Sat, 05 Aug 2006 05:23:30 -0700

(image) Row Bike

Bored with exercise?

Our guest blogger, educator/author, Sharon Bender of has provided her find on an exciting new invention for readers of

Here's her article:

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Have you seen the new "rowing bicycle?" read more »

Real or Unreal? Bacon Cooking Alarm Clock

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 08:43:25 -0800

(image) If some random person were to walk up to you on the street and ask you, "What do you value the most?" without a second's hesitation many of you would answer "Bacon...obviously."  Well, if you're one of those individuals, heaven on Earth is finally a reality.

Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 3

Sat, 29 Apr 2006 18:04:31 -0700

Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. He has written an article for readers as a guest blogger.

Yesterday, we published Part 1 and 2 of a 4 part series on his 13 Rules of Invention Success. Here is Part 3 of 4:

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Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 2

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 16:49:57 -0700

(image) Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. He has written an article for readers as a guest blogger. Yesterday, we published Part 1 of a 4 part series on his 13 Rules of Invention Success. Here is Part 2 of 4: * * * * * * I wanted to design a prototype with a sliding fixture that would safely enclose the scarifier and permit sliding across the CD surface. I also needed a baseplate that would securely hold the CD in a precise position relative to the slider. As an inventor, the easiest and quickest way to make a prototype is to use or modify existing parts. read more »

Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 4

Sun, 30 Apr 2006 23:11:47 -0700

Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. He has written an article for readers as a guest blogger to share the lessons he learned as he went through the process of developing his invention.

Over the past week, we published the first three parts of his four part series on his 13 Rules of Invention Success. Here is Part 4 of his 4 part series:

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Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 1

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 16:43:15 -0700

Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. I have been reading his comments here at for some time and I thought he had some great advice to share with fellow inventors. So I contacted him about two weeks ago to see if he would be interested in being a guest blogger and writing an article to share what he had learned going through the invention process.

Luckily, he said yes. When we discussed ideas for article topic, he suggested an article illustrating how he brings his invention to a finished prototype with a plastics molding kit and a little creativity. He could use it as a vehicle to share his 13 rules of invention success.

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The Invention Timeline

Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:17:23 -0700

Carl, our terrific guest blogger from Inventive Rants created a special posting for American Inventor Spot talking about the key timing issues related to the inventing
process. I think its an essential read for all inventors:

The Invention Timeline

Inventors want to know, how long does the process take? How long does it take from "Eureka" to "royalty check"? The short answer is that it will take anywhere from 1-4 years for an invention to earn money. The key to accelerating the process is networking. Every-time you bring a value-added participant into your venture, you increase the likelihood of moving forward.

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New Battery Technology Can Revolutionize the Motorcycle

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 18:41:36 -0800

(image) Matthew Bobryk, our Gest Blogger, is an advertising writer who just so
happens to be a certified gear head and obsessed with anything with a
motor in it. He wanted to share some of the latest innovations in motorcyle design with the readers of

Here's his article:

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For close to 100 years, motorcycles and cars were all dependant on a very inefficient and environmentally nasty source of electrical power: the lead acid battery. What's surprising though, is most car and motorcycle manufacturers still use lead acid batteries. There has been a huge lag in new technology for this specific need. This may be soon to change, as one inventor has invented something truly exciting in the motorcycle industry: The lithium ion polymer motorcycle battery. read more »

Modern Barbie Gets Kinky

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 04:41:52 -0700

(image) There are some deviant minds in the product development and marketing suites at Mattel’s Barbie™ division.

Five Deadly Sins in Packaging Your Product

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 03:27:04 -0800

(image) Have a great invention? Do you know how to package it?

Our Guest Blogger, JoAnn Hines, is a packaging diva with 30+ years of experience in the industry including her work as the packaging expert to the U.S. Small Business Administration, traveling to China leading a packaging delegation and showcased on NBC TV program "Can You Open It?" If you can invent it, she can package it. JoAnn is here today to let us know how to avoid major packaging mistakes. You can reach her at

Here is her article:

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The Lizard of Steel Comes to Tear Earth Asunder

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 04:02:24 -0700

(image) Check out this towering beast of steel (rising about 20 inches from the ground) that is ready to unleash its ungodly arsenal upon the world...

What to Do If You Think You Have Been Scammed By An Invention Submission Company

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 12:27:03 -0800

Dr. Natalie L. Petouhoff , our Guest Blogger, is a blonde rocket scientist. She consults with companies like Microsoft and Apple and is often asked to appear on TV talk shows commenting on technology and how it makes our life easier, better and simpler. Dr. Nat also teaches in Pepperdine's business school, coaches inventors and is the author of the upcoming book: Smart Inventors Finish Rich: Ten Steps to Reaching the American Dream.

She wanted to share some important information about the inventing process with the readers of Here's her article:

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What to Do If You Think You Have Been Scammed By An Invention Submission Company