Do You Know The Answers To These Questions About Your Idea/Product?

Talking with Inventors I am surprised by the lack of information they have on their idea/product so I thought I would start a listing of things every Inventor needs to know about their product and their market. Here are some questions to get you started. 1. What problem does your...

A Product Does Not Have to Match the Patent

What do I mean by “A Product Does Not Have to Match the Patent”? I have noticed that several Inventors I have dealt with lately had a misconception that I thought would make good information for other Inventors. When you see a company’s product with a Patent number...

I Have Looked and “There is Nothing Out There Like This!”

I Have Looked and “There is Nothing Out There Like This” is an excerpt from my Ebook “Common Sense Inventing” http://www.rogerbrown.net/ebook By Roger Brown There isn’t a week that goes by without someone sending me an item for review or an item they want to bring to...

Sealing Your Licensing Deal for Under $100

An excerpt from my Ebook “Common Sense Inventing: An Inventor’s Guide to Getting Inventions to Market without Going into Debt By Roger Brown http://www.rogerbrown.net/ebook There are two questions that come up any time I talk to inventors. The first is “Do you really get your...

Functionality Versus Practicality: Where Do You Draw The Line?

There seems to be a trend with many inventors today to put “everything, but the kitchen sink” into their inventions. When it comes to products, however, less is sometimes (and oftentimes) more. You want your product to be as user-friendly and as streamlined as possible, and you...

Do You REALLY Understand Royalties?

I have gotten a number of email questions about royalties so I would like to point out a misconception by many Inventors pertaining to how they are calculated. The actual portion of your royalty if you are licensing a product is NOT based on the price of the product in the store....

Should Family Members or Business Partners Sign an NDA?

I get asked this question quite often “Should Family Members or Business Partners Sign an NDA?” An NDA is best to use no matter who you are discussing your idea/product with. When you say don’t worry about family you can trust them. Consider does your family...

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...

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...

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...