AbsolutelyScrewed?

Complaints about AbsolutelyNew Resurface By Mike Drummond Invention submission company AbsolutelyNew says it changed its ways when it changed management a few years ago. But a spat of complaints from inventors has the San Francisco-based company back on the defensive. Disgruntled inventors say AbNew sales reps pressured them to pay upwards of $24,000 and assured […]

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How to Assemble an Advisory Board

By Lawrence J. Udell When creating a new company, there are many critical parts. None more so than an advisory board. Based on my 60+ years of launching some 40 companies, I’ve found quality advisory boards provide credibility, contacts and critical feedback. They also offer a reality check to “group think” because they are not […]

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Great Idea!

How to Decide What to Do Next By Jack Lander The burning question most inexperienced inventors ask me is, “I have this great idea, what should I do next?” My answer: 1)      Determine what has already been done that’s similar to your invention. 2)      Decide which road to success is best for you, based on […]

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Top Patent Officials to Take Your Comments on America Invents Act – Webinar Monday

WASHINGTON – The USPTO will host a free public webinar with senior agency officials on Monday, October 31, 2011 to discuss the America Invents Act (AIA). This historic legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. Participants in the webinar will outline the agency’s implementation plans, and answer a selection […]

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Help in Getting Your Inventions to Market

Trevor Lambert runs Lambert & Lambert, a licensing agency that helps inventors bring products to market. Last year he launched Enhanced Product Development to further help inventors get their consumer goods onto store shelves. We decided we needed to know more about his services. ID: How does Enhance Product Development differ from your other company, […]

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Invented by Kids for Kids

FIRST LEGO Team Makes Prosthetic to Help Adopted Orphan By Shana Benzinane & Christina D’Auria In Yangquan, China, a baby is born without fingers and is left at the steps of an orphanage. A family in Duluth, Ga., decides it may be time to grow. Meantime, six girls descend from a fir tree in Ames, […]

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Rebounding in a Recession

The Tale of Two Hair Tools By Joan Lefkowitz In the last 20 years, the United States has experienced two rough recessions. We’ve all heard the hemline theory: Bullish times raise hems; bear markets drop them. A similar phenomenon seems to happen in hair fashion. Hair goes up in down markets. At least it did […]

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5+ Tips on How to Grow Your Business

Nell Merlino, CEO of the nonprofit women business mentoring organization Count Me In, offers five gender-neutral tips to grow your startup. End Game 1.Start with the end in mind: Write down or cut out pictures of what you ultimately see for your business. The more specific you can be, the more likely you will be […]

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What First-to-File Really Means

- Time Is Not on Your Side By Jeff Dalton The America Invents Act will make patent protection more important than ever for startups, individual inventors and small businesses. The new law contains sweeping changes. These include funding revisions for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and new rules for re-examining existing patents But the […]

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New Exhibit at Nat’l Inventors Hall of Fame

Exercising Ingenuity: Celebrating health and fitness trends throughout the years In tribute to the importance the health, fitness and nutrition industries have played in American lives over the years, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum presents Exercising Ingenuity, its latest exhibit.  The exhibit highlights inventions, patents, and trademarks that have emerged from past and […]

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