Co-Founder of inventRight; Author of One Simple Idea Series
Stephen Key is an inventor, author, speaker and co-founder of InventRight, LLC., a Glenbrook, Nev.-based company that educates entrepreneurs in how to bring ideas to market.
A provisional patent application will provide as much protection as you need while determining if your idea can really go the distance.
Inventors too often focus on patents and expensive prototypes when what they really need is proof of demand.
Michael Boehm explains how he created one of the bestselling infomercial products of all time.
When I walked into Hallmark and saw "Sweet Darts," darts inscribed with the words 'I'm Stuck On You," I smiled. Seeing my name on the back never got old.
Do you really need a patent? It all depends on who you ask.
If you're on the career path you're meant to be on, financial freedom will take care of itself.
When you're in the midst of a creative surge, it's sometimes hard to narrow things down. Use this checklist to help.
If you want to license your ideas, focus on finding those companies that are going to truly embrace you -- companies like Fat Brain.
LinkedIn's messaging feature allows others to get to know you first, on their own terms, which is preferable to pretty much everyone.
Read how novice inventor Lesli Jenkins Wang got the conservative medical industry to accept her Free2GoRollator late last year.
Working From Home
Working remotely can be extremely rewarding, but there are some tricks to it.
For makers, inventors and dreamers, it's the ultimate high when you see with your own eyes that "you've finally arrived."
Haircut? Check. Business cards? Check. The right frame of mind? That's the really important one.
Your patent attorney is your next best friend -- but only if you put in the hard work first.
Chain stores favor big-brand products over new no-name inventions. Here are some things to keep in mind when pitching to Walmart or Home Depot.