American Inventors


Bright Ideas


Eye On Washington


Iconic, Patented Toys and Games

Since America’s earliest days, many creative and innovative toys and games for kids have come through the consumer marketplace—with some becoming so iconic they have become household names and synonymous with a moment in time for kids.

Inventing 101


Go, or No?

Trade shows can be expensive, so it is wise to do some homework ahead of time to ensure they are a good fit for your product. Along those lines, consider these seven steps before you decide.



Lander Zone


Dealing With Rejection

There are two aspects to the licensing value of a rejected patent: the probability of salvaging the essential independent claim, and the value of that claim for licensing.

Marketing Tips


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NFL Seeking Inventors

The NFL Helmet Challenge aims to stimulate the development by experts, innovators and helmet manufacturers of a new helmet for NFL players that outperforms, based on laboratory testing, all helmets currently worn by NFL players.

Time Tested


Fortunate Misstep

It was 1943. Richard James, a naval engineer, was trying to develop a meter for measuring horsepower on naval battleships. During his work with tension springs, one of them fell from a shelf to the floor. The spring didn’t stop moving when it landed, briefly “walking” along the floor. An idea for a children’s toy was soon put into motion.

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