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Protecting Your Idea
If you think a competitor copied your patented products or services, here are some ways to stand in the way of their efforts.
December 8, 2011
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.
October 5, 2011
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
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
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.
September 12, 2011
A new reality TV series starring Ben Kaufman and his product development firm Quirky is debuting tonight.
August 30, 2011
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
For Mary Doherty Ellroy, there's no business like the toy business.
March 25, 2011
So you have a genius idea. Here's what it takes to get a new product to market.
September 20, 2010
Consider these strategies for turning your product idea into a business reality.
September 15, 2010
How one entrepreneur navigated the inventing minefield and brought his idea for bass-thumping travel speakers to life
August 17, 2010
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
These entrepreneurs went straight to the source for feedback on product development.
May 18, 2010
Protecting Your Idea
Instead of a utility patent, a provisional patent or a trademark could be a better first step.
February 8, 2010
It's not geniuses who come up with inventions. It's normal people who see a better way to do things.
October 12, 2009
A backlog of applications at the U.S. Patent Office has innovation in a stranglehold.
September 1, 2009
How bondage and punk rock inspired a new way of accessorizing.
June 16, 2009
Learn how to use bankruptcy as a tool if it's time for your inventions-based business to close shop.
March 31, 2009
Congress is cracking down after the China toy recall. Here's what you need to know about the latest regulatory standards.
March 2, 2009
Learn the difference between a patent, trademark, and copyright and how to avoid big mistakes when setting them up.
January 28, 2009
Don't assume your next invention will be produced overseas. Several factors make the U.S. a prime place for production.
October 10, 2008
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
A new bill currently being considered in the House brings changes that no longer look out for the little guy.
August 8, 2008
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