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How to Create the Best Products in the WorldPlay Video

How to Create the Best Products in the World (Video)

Quirky founder Ben Kaufman describes what the iPod and Snuggie blankets have in common. Here's a hint: They both solve consumers' everyday problems. Doing so, says Kaufman, is the key to making a killer product.
September 28, 2011 in Inventing
How to Navigate the New Patent Law

How to Navigate the New Patent Law

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The age-old patent system is set to be reformed. Here's how the new law might change how or whether you get a patent.
September 16, 2011 in Inventing
'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

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A new reality TV series starring Ben Kaufman and his product development firm Quirky is debuting tonight.
August 30, 2011 in Inventing
Quirky: The Solution to the Innovator's Dilemma

Quirky: The Solution to the Innovator's Dilemma

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At the age of 24, Ben Kaufman already has a successful startup track record. With Quirky, he's tapped into the power of open innovation and created a place where anyone can become an inventor.
July 26, 2011 in Inventing
Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys

Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys

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For Mary Doherty Ellroy, there's no business like the toy business.
March 25, 2011 in Inventing
From Idea to Market

From Idea to Market

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So you have a genius idea. Here's what it takes to get a new product to market.
September 21, 2010 in Inventing
A Quick Guide to Taking an Invention to Market

A Quick Guide to Taking an Invention to Market

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Consider these strategies for turning your product idea into a business reality.
September 15, 2010 in Inventing
From Concept to Market--in 10 Months Flat

From Concept to Market--in 10 Months Flat

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How one entrepreneur navigated the inventing minefield and brought his idea for bass-thumping travel speakers to life
August 17, 2010 in Inventing
Creating a Product From ScratchPlay Video

Creating a Product From Scratch (Video)

Keats Elliots, CEO & Co-Founder of Shootsac, talks about the challenges she's overcome not only designing the product but also starting the company from scratch.
August 16, 2010 in Inventing
Make Customers Your R&D Experts

Make Customers Your R&D Experts

These entrepreneurs went straight to the source for feedback on product development.
May 18, 2010 in Product Development
Should Your Idea Pass Go?

Should Your Idea Pass Go?

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Proper evaluation could save you both time and money.
March 10, 2010 in Product Development

Don't File for That Patent Yet

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Instead of a utility patent, a provisional patent or a trademark could be a better first step.
February 8, 2010 in Protecting Your Idea
A Surefire Way to Get a Licensing Agreement

A Surefire Way to Get a Licensing Agreement

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Prove that your product is a low-risk investment.
January 14, 2010 in Distribution and Licensing

Get Rich Off Your Million-Dollar Idea

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It's not geniuses who come up with inventions. It's normal people who see a better way to do things.
October 12, 2009 in Inventing

The Future Is...Later

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A backlog of applications at the U.S. Patent Office has innovation in a stranglehold.
September 1, 2009 in Inventing

Innovation for Things We Carry

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How bondage and punk rock inspired a new way of accessorizing.
June 16, 2009 in Inventing
Get Your Product to Market in Six Steps

Get Your Product to Market in Six Steps

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You're the best person for the job, so get started.

Time to Fold? Here's a Primer

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Learn how to use bankruptcy as a tool if it's time for your inventions-based business to close shop.
March 31, 2009 in Inventing

New Regulations Impact Toy Makers

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Congress is cracking down after the China toy recall. Here's what you need to know about the latest regulatory standards.
March 2, 2009 in Inventing

Harness the Power of a Trademark

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Learn the difference between a patent, trademark, and copyright and how to avoid big mistakes when setting them up.
January 28, 2009 in Inventing

Do Rising Costs Point to Domestic Manufacturing?

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Don't assume your next invention will be produced overseas. Several factors make the U.S. a prime place for production.
October 10, 2008 in Inventing
How to Search for Existing Patents

How to Search for Existing Patents

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Before you spend a lot of time an energy creating the next big thing, use a patent search to make sure it hasn't already been done.
September 11, 2008 in Inventing

How Patent Law Changes Could Hurt Small Inventors

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A new bill currently being considered in the House brings changes that no longer look out for the little guy.
August 8, 2008 in Inventing

Putting Time Into Your Product

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From inventor to overnight millionaire? Not exactly. Here's the long-term solution to developing a product effectively.
May 5, 2008 in Inventing

Starting From Scratch

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Here's what you need to know before you launch your big-time food product.
February 29, 2008 in Inventing

Consider Starting Small

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Grassroots sales channels may be more effective to help grow the business for your invention.
January 22, 2008 in Inventing
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