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I have some inventions that I did not submit into the online season 3 casting call – can I still submit them? If so, where?

posted June 25, 2008 12:46 (
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Great tip Ed, I’ll check it out – thanks!

posted June 28, 2008 18:55 (
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Thanks for the tips guys. I actually did check out inventright and spoke in a conference call with Stephen Key! I could not believe that. I did tell him my idea and he said to get a notebook and write everything down. He said he had to go to Federal court against Lego with his notebook! He wasn’t too keen on the website idea either, but i don’t have $3k-$5k to drop on my idea if it’s awesome in my own mind. It’s got to be marketable. I guess I’m trying to be absolutely sure before I patent it.

posted June 26, 2008 07:04 (
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Patrice,

I was going to say pretty much what Lane said. I like Ferris’ ideas about testing the market before jumping in…but I don’t think it applies so well to a patentable idea.

www.inventright.com is a great sight, actually mentioned by T Ferris in 4 hr work week, and they have a great course on how to go about getting your products to market without spending money before you’re sure there is a real market demand. I highly recommend it.

Mike

posted June 26, 2008 05:33 (
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Patrice,

You said, “I was just going to try to sell it on a website to see if there was enough interest and if there was I would patent it right away.”

You should be aware that the moment you sell your product on a website you only have one year to file your patent in the U.S., and you instantly lose your right to patent it internationally.

This is called ‘Public Disclosure’, and I’d hate to see you shoot yourself in the foot by doing what you are suggesting. I would suggest either consulting with a patent attorney, or getting a copy of the book ‘Patent it Yourself’, by David Pressman.

I hope this helps!

Lane

posted June 26, 2008 00:57 (
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Thanks Matt! I might just have to commercialize my product with you guys if it becomes overwhelming. I’ve got a manufacturer in China making my product and it should be here in 5 days. I know it’s something that I need and I can’t find it in any store or anywhere on the internet. I think there is a market for it but I want to test it first.

I give you credit for staying on top of all these forums. I read through some of them and you are right there with the answers. I think that is great!

posted June 25, 2008 18:24 (
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Thanks for the response Tim – I love it when you guys beat us to the answers. I like it even more when your answers are accurate (as in this case!).

Patrice,
Check out Commercialize My Product here: http://www.edisonnation.com/submissions

The key to taking that route is you must have a manufactured sample – in other words, if we wanted 1,000,000 of them tomorrow, we could place an order :-)

If that is not the case, Tim is right. Enter a Live Product Search at Innovation Station. Currently, there’s a Spencer’s search going on and we’ve got a bunch more in the hopper. Even if you aren’t selected for the first search, your idea will automatically be considered for all future searches at no additional cost (just maintain your gold membership to stay in the database).

Good Luck!
Matt

posted June 25, 2008 14:33 (
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What is “commercialize my product”? I do have a prototype for one of my inventions and I was just going to try to sell it on a website to see if there was enough interest and if there was I would patent it right away.

posted June 25, 2008 13:46 (
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Really this should be answer by someone with EN, but here I am.

If you have a factory quality prototype, you can go “commercialize my product” route.

Or you can still enter live product search and wait for the right product search comes up. For example, currently they have Spencer’s search going, which has some specific topics. They said they will have at least one search going each month. So keep watching.

posted June 25, 2008 13:05 (
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