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Has any inventors here made it through the 8 steps (question is for inventors only)?

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Has any inventors here made it through the 8 steps?  This question is for inventors only, I would like to hear from real people.  Thank you.

Glenn Stok
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John:

I've made it through the 8 steps, recently, for a search sponsored by Health Enterprises (now Apothecary Products).

Though my product is not on the market yet, I did start getting updates via EN on serious product development by the company (Health Enterprises/Apothecary) within 2 weeks or so of passing that 8th step so I am confident my idea is in good hands and has the best chance possible of going to market. 

That said, the company may take up to a year to develop the concept, test, etc. before making a go/no-go decision. It can be much sooner than that though - Judy Knez has a product with Health Enterprises/Apothecary that has reached the "go" point already.

There are a couple people who participate in these forums who have gone to that "beyond G8" stage with a product that is actually on the market and top-selling. The inventors of "Eggies" and "Bacon Bowl" come to mind - they are "real people" and chatting with them and many others who may not yet have that G8 banner (like Frank) on these forums over the years is a part of what has built my confidence to entrust my ideas and hopes to Edison Nation. 

Glenn Stok
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I really appreciate the responses guys. 

 A few questions while I am here:

1) I had submitted an idea to the all categories search and it got denied so I submitted it to the Asotv search and it got denied as well.  I was really sure it was a good invention because its not sold in stores and would make things a lot easier for people.  I dont have access to professional drawings so i hand drew it.  I am really not that good at drawing at all so it looks kind of childish so I am wondering if that was the reason why.  I try to explain the idea the best I can as well.  At this point I dont have enough money to pay as an iside member so I dont get good feedback.  Do you think my drawings have anything to do with it?

2) I came up with a new idea but this time I dont know whether to submit it to "all categories search" or "asotv".  Should I submit to both?  If so, which one should I submit to first?  Which  search category brings an inventor more money if it gets approved?

3) Am I making a mistake by not patenting my ideas first before submitting? 

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John:

1. EN can recognize a great idea even if it is expressed with a "childish" drawing as long as that drawing *clearly communicates* your idea. EN isn't going to ding you for lack of style or artistic skill as long as you can show them what's in your head - this isn't an art competition. That said, a better drawing, a 3D render or a crude prototype may have more explanatory power than a quick sketch. For making your own 3D renderings and models I highly recommend the FREE "Autodesk Fusion 360" software: http://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview. Learn it for free too with online tutorials and sites like www.lynda.com. You can start with making simple models and renderings but if you want you can go all the way to 3D prints, CAM and Finite Element Analysis, with features that rival those found in $15,000 software.

2. ASOTV is a very different beast than other searches. Be critical of your idea and make sure that an item is suitable for ASOTV - it's not enough that an idea is good - it has to be good *for ASOTV*. Personally if all I knew was that I had a great idea without being sure it would work for ASOTV I would submit only to open and sponsored searches. I don't think one has more earning potential than the other - but as with so many things, "it depends".

3. I haven't patented a single thing I've submitted to EN. Submissions are completely confidential and they will get patented at $0 cost to us if selected and commercialized, so why incur any more upfront cost than absolutely necessary?

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John, I just wanted to add one thought that hasn't been mentioned yet. Have you done a patent search? 

I found "Google Patent Search" is easy to use and is a great starting point. You need to rule out the existence of prior art. Otherwise there's no point submitting an idea. 

I'm starting out here with EN, just as you.  I have several ideas and, unfortunately, already found similarities in a Google search. So I'm just concentrating on my other ideas that my research has proved to be unique (as far as I could tell).  

In addition, before I plan to submit my ideas I plan to put as much effort as possible into "selling" the idea. That means ( at the very least): Describe the benefits, provide the source for required parts, and prove that it can be made in a price range that's marketable. 

All that takes some work, mainly by doing research with Google search.  Even though I haven't submitted anything yet, I am sure that the time spent with this kind of research is well worth it. That's the stage that I'm in right now; pretty busy behind the scenes, you might say. 

 When I'm ready to submit my ideas, I'm going to upgrade to insider status. If for no other reason—for the feedback on rejections (as I expect to have many. It's reality). 

Good luck to you, and never give up. 

Jeremy C
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