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New Inventions from Inventors

Every month, Inventors Digest features new inventions from independent inventors in our Under the Radar section. Get your invention in the magazine; email info@inventorsdigest.com. Put “Radar” in the subject. Spot Me Scott Naidus of Manchester, N.H., has been inventing for some 15 years and has two patents so far. The fitness-industry consultant has practiced what […]

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A Flock of Angry Birds

How the Crowd Can Help Find Prior Art By Cheryl Milone Prior art research is playing an increasingly important role for companies and inventors with potential exposure to intellectual property litigation. Millions of dollars in legal expenses are being spent to understand the true value of patents. In some cases, entire industries are threatened by […]

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Five Questions With … Val Valgardson

Val Valgardson is the technical director at Suburban Artworks, which specializes in 3D product imaging. The company has built a reputation producing top-notch virtual prototypes, 3D illustrations, architectural renderings, 3D floor plans, animations, product images, sell sheets, webpages and logos. Suburban Artworks can turn your cocktail napkin sketch into a professional 3D drawing. We talked with Val […]

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Rev Your 3D Software Engines

By James Richardson A hundred years ago if you wanted to make a prototype, you broke out your hammer, chisel, lumber, metal, forge and other brawny hardware. Today, you use a keyboard and a mouse. Although 3D modeling software has been around for many years, it was very expensive and used mainly by large corporations. […]

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Do-It-Yourself Patent-Infringement Policing

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It turns out Rich Holmes, assistant general counsel for Edison Nation, didn’t need his law degree to fight knock-off operations that were trafficking in one of the company’s top-selling products, the Gyro Bowl. This year Holmes discovered shady Chinese manufacturers selling cheap imitations of the Gyro Bowl on eBay and Alibaba. “I saw a photo […]

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Patent Reform Fails to Halt Fee Diversion

That Giant Sucking Sound The America Invents Act approved in September directly affects independent inventors and patent filers of all stripes. We examine how the new law alters the playing field – and what you need to know to avoid new pitfalls and take advantage of new opportunities. By Joshua Nightingale Despite the America Invents […]

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Patent Law Takes Out ‘False Marking’ Trolls

Aftershocks of the America Invents Act The America Invents Act approved in September directly affects independent inventors and patent filers of all stripes. We examine how the new law alters the playing field – and what you need to know to avoid new pitfalls and take advantage of new opportunities. By Robert M. Bryan and […]

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Hurry, Scurry So You Don’t Fret & Worry

America Invents Act The new law compels inventors to file patent applications early The America Invents Act approved in September directly affects independent inventors and patent filers of all stripes. We examine how the new law alters the playing field – and what you need to know to avoid new pitfalls and take advantage of […]

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Actress-Turned-Inventor Puts Ahh in a Bra

Help Me Rhonda Rhonda Shear began her career as an entertainer after being crowned Miss Louisiana USA back in the day. She went on to appear in low-budget films and earned a Best B-Movie Actress award for her work in Prison A Go-Go. We never heard of it, either, but it’s always nice to be […]

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How to Package Your Product

Presentation can be as important as the product itself By B. Collins Scott Lucas has bad news for those who hate clamshell packaging, the nearly impossible-to-open clear plastic fortress that encases many consumer goods – it’s not going away. While many holiday shoppers may lament this fact as they slice, gnaw and wrestle to free […]

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Meet Perfect Bacon Bowl inventor, Thom Jensen!

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You’ve seen the infomercial, you’ve laughed at the quips on late night TV – and admit it – you’re DYING to have one of your own! The Perfect Bacon Bowl has recently taken the foodie world by storm thanks to the Edison Nation As Seen On TV submission of one Mr. Thom Jensen! By trade, ...

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