February Bright Ideas

“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek Wynd Halo + AIR QUALITY TRACKER AND PURIFIER On Hello Wynd Wynd has 10 sensors to monitor the air for...

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Tears to Triumph

The Cupcake Rack inventor overcomes the heartbreaks of inventing—and life—with help from friends.
“I didn’t have a leg to stand on! I was horrified, it was Christmastime, everyone was on vacation, and I was bawling my eyes out every single day.” —Liz Crouch
A neurosurgeon told family members there was no hope; her infant grandson’s brain was swelling, his skull fractured, a leg broken.

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Reinvent Your LinkedIn Profile

Don’t overlook your personal account as a way to market your invention.
Post regular updates using your account in order to connect with those who could be interested in what you (or your invention) have to offer.

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Wanna Get Lucky?

How to make your own breaks as an inventor.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an inventor is to have expectations of someone you don’t know. That’s not only unfair to them, it’s unfair to you.
Try to make connections and appointments before you go to a trade show. Then you’re different from most of the attendees because your contacts will be expecting to see you.

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Prototypes: When Do We Need Them?

An issued patent with approved claims is often key to selling your invention.
A prototype is mainly valuable when you can demonstrate it. But a looks-like, nonfunctional prototype can also be used for sell-sheets.

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State of the Union

Comprehensive survey of real patent transaction pricing shows a strong market.
Data indicate that prices for brokered patents are higher than for auctioned patents, and there is a clear price premium for EOUs (evidence of use, meaning patents that appear to be infringed).

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