Inventing

What Your Business Can Learn From Apple's Battle with Samsung
Protecting Your Idea

What Your Business Can Learn From Apple's Battle with Samsung

If you think a competitor copied your patented products or services, here are some ways to stand in the way of their efforts.
Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market
Inventing

Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market

Inventors may know how to pinpoint a problem, but coming up with a product that shoppers want is another challenge entirely. Fortunately for them, Quirky can help.
How to Create the Best Products in the World
Inventing

How to Create the Best Products in the World

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.
How to Navigate the New Patent Law
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How to Navigate the New Patent Law

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.
Quirky's Ben Kaufman on Innovation
Young Entrepreneurs

Quirky's Ben Kaufman on Innovation

Meet the founder of Quirky, a crowdsourced product-development company. Its mission is "to make invention accessible." Its goal: to invent two new consumer products a week. He shares his views on creativity and starting up as part of our Innovators series.
'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars
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'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

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

Quirky: The Solution to the Innovator's Dilemma

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.
Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys
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Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys

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

From Idea to Market

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

A Quick Guide to Taking an Invention to Market

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

How one entrepreneur navigated the inventing minefield and brought his idea for bass-thumping travel speakers to life
Creating a Product From Scratch
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Creating a Product From Scratch

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.
Make Customers Your R&D Experts
Product Development

Make Customers Your R&D Experts

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

Should Your Idea Pass Go?

Proper evaluation could save you both time and money.
Protecting Your Idea

Don't File for That Patent Yet

Instead of a utility patent, a provisional patent or a trademark could be a better first step.
A Surefire Way to Get a Licensing Agreement
Distribution and Licensing

A Surefire Way to Get a Licensing Agreement

Prove that your product is a low-risk investment.
Inventing

Get Rich Off Your Million-Dollar Idea

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

The Future Is...Later

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

Innovation for Things We Carry

How bondage and punk rock inspired a new way of accessorizing.
Get Your Product to Market in Six Steps
Distribution and Licensing

Get Your Product to Market in Six Steps

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

Time to Fold? Here's a Primer

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

New Regulations Impact Toy Makers

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

Harness the Power of a Trademark

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

Do Rising Costs Point to Domestic Manufacturing?

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

How to Search for Existing Patents

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.
Inventing

How Patent Law Changes Could Hurt Small Inventors

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