01
Dec

Can You Say It Without Saying It?

What do I mean by “Can You Say It Without Saying It?” It’s simple really, but something a number of Inventors struggle with when describing their product/idea. The object is to be able to tell the company Rep you cold call or email about your product with just enough detail to...
27
Oct

Who Cares What the Company’s Policy is for Submitting Your Idea?

It never ceases to amaze me how many Inventors think that just because a company has a set of policies they will change them for the Inventor. Below is an example of what I mean. Without going any deeper into the company you can plainly see that 3M is only looking for PATENTED...
26
Oct

A Patent Search Is Not The Holy Grail Invention Submission Companies and Patent Lawyers Want You To Believe It Is

To often I get contacted by Inventors that have paid for a patent search long before they should have spent any money. They either contacted a Patent Lawyer or an Invention Submission company and were told the first thing they need to do is conduct a patent search. Which of...
14
Oct

Many Inventors Lack Focus and Direction

When they first get started many Inventors have a lack of Focus and Direction due to everything being new and unknown. This is why things can take a turn for the good or bad depending on their next steps and how they proceed.  Unfortunately below is how it happens for a large...
15
Sep

Why Companies Are Reluctant To Work With Inventors

I get asked all the time why companies are reluctant to look at ideas from Inventors unless it is through a broker/agent or an Inventor based company? The answer is simple. They use these outside resources because they are afraid of the small percentage of Inventors that are...
07
Sep

Are Invention Posting Sites A Waste Of Time?

Invention posting sites are gaining popularity, but do you gain any benefit from them? In my opinion these sites feed off of the Inventor’s hopes of getting discovered by a major player in their particular target market and making millions. The web is flooded with these websites...
16
Aug

Where Can I Get A Sell Sheet Made If I Can’t Do It Myself?

If you don’t have the ability to make your own sell sheets using PowerPoint, Photoshop or some other computer program you may need to hire someone.  Look at your local college or high school for a student in the graphic arts department. These are people you can hire for a...
16
Aug

What Are Sell Sheets And Why Do I Need One?

Sell sheets are basically your calling card to the company. It describes your idea in a short and concise manner. You are using this to get the company interested. The best way to describe it is think about the blurb you see on the back of a novel. It gives you an overview of the...
15
Aug

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Success?

I am writing this in the hopes that it will make Inventors stop and examine what they are doing and if it is really helping or hurting them. Recently I was contacted by an Inventor and asked to review their product. I said I would after we signed a nondisclosure first. Th...
15
Aug

What to Consider Before You Think About Getting An Investor

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t have several Inventors contact me either asking if I would like to invest in their idea or can I direct them to someone that would invest. The thing that troubles me is the lack of understanding of what they are asking and what it will...