Inventing

Protecting Your Critical Inventions On A Tight Budget

A three-step system to get the most value with little cost.

10 Things You Didn't Realize Were Invented in the 1990s

From Google.com to Nintendo 64 -- there's much to attribute to the 1990s.

Rose Leadem

The Simplest Ideas Can Be Extremely Profitable. Here's Proof.

Gene Luoma solved a universal problem -- clogged drains -- with a strip of plastic from his garage. His device has sold 33 million units.

Stephen Key

5 Ways to Create an Almost-There Prototype Marketing Video

Building it makes your idea real; video captures it visually. Do less of the first and more of the second to test the market sooner.

Stephen Key

The 4 Biggest Mistakes Inventors Make

Product development is a business. You can't afford rookie errors.

Stephen Key

Winning at Inventing Is a Numbers Game

Inventors too often focus on patents and expensive prototypes when what they really need is proof of demand.

Stephen Key

Have a Lot of Clever Ideas? License Them to the Novelty Gift Industry.

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.

Stephen Key

Are You Trying to Protect Your Idea -- or Sell It?

Do you really need a patent? It all depends on who you ask.

Stephen Key

Ford Files a Patent to Turn Self-Driving Cars Into Movie Theaters

If the patent is ever implemented, folks would be able to watch their favorite films on the go.

How One Toy Company Gets Open Innovation Right

If you want to license your ideas, focus on finding those companies that are going to truly embrace you -- companies like Fat Brain.

Stephen Key

How One Woman's Mission to Preserve Her Mother's Mobility Lead to a Great Invention

Read how novice inventor Lesli Jenkins Wang got the conservative medical industry to accept her Free2GoRollator late last year.

Stephen Key