Lunch Hour Search: Edison Nation wants to see your ideas for new products!



Monday, January 28, 2013
at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

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Do you think of your best ideas in the shower? What about on your lunch hour? Or maybe your ideas come to you while sitting in traffic. No matter when it hits you – we believe everyone has a great idea for a new product. For those with an idea but nowhere to turn, we have created an open search for innovation.

Submit your idea to this search on your lunch hour, after work, on the weekend, or while watching American Idol – and Edison Nation will review all ideas submitted. At least one idea submitted to this search will be selected for Edison Nation’s Insider Licensing Program, regardless of patent protection, where our team of licensing experts will present your idea to targeted retailers and manufacturers for licensing opportunities.

Here are the details of what the selected idea(s) will receive:

  • Edison Nation will file for a provisional patent application in your name
  • The idea will be submitted to the Insider Licensing Program for (1) year with the goal of matching it up with a retailer or manufacturer (normally requires $100 fee and patent protection)
  • The inventor will receive a free Edison Nation Insider membership for (1) year
  • Edison Nation will split the royalties with the inventor of the selected idea(s) 50/50

Have a great idea with nowhere to turn? Submit your idea to Edison Nation and let us do the heavy lifting.


We ask for well-communicated ideas. This includes filling out our easy-to-use submission form to the best of your ability. Upload images, sketches and any other media that support your idea. Tell us your story. We even encourage you to create a video demonstrating your innovation. Don’t worry. We aren’t expecting you to break out your inner Spielberg. Please keep videos to less than 2 minutes.

As always, your submission should be unique and protectable (patent protection is helpful but not a requirement).

Each idea costs just $25 ($20 for Edison Insiders) to submit. If you are an Edison Nation Insider, your idea may be submitted to as many searches as you would like at no additional cost. Click here for more details on Live Product Searches.

The deadline for this search has passed.
Thank you to all who submitted ideas.


Is my idea secure?

Yes! Every idea that is submitted to Edison Nation remains private. If your idea is selected to be presented to a partner, we have strict NDAs in place. Your intellectual property is extremely important to us.

If my idea is selected, what do I get?

If your idea is selected for licensing, we will remain in contact with you and our partner from the moment the deal is signed until it is ready for the marketplace. Our team negotiates competitive royalty structures and all licensing revenues are split 50/50 with you, the original inventor.

Why do I have to pay $25?

$25 is a nominal fee to help offset the costs Edison Nation takes on to review each idea that's submitted. It is a one-time cost. If your idea is selected for licensing, we will navigate the road to commercialization -- all at no cost to you. If you are an Edison Nation Insider, the submission fee is only $20!

What do I need to submit?

We'll review all ideas, whether it's a sketch on a napkin or a prototyped invention. You don't need a patent to submit an idea to Edison Nation.

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