Don’t write your own patent

Patents, prototyping, packaging – it all seems so overwhelming when you are a new inventor, doesn't it? Expensive too! Are you forever seeking ways to “cut corners” or at least mitigate the costs that invention seems to impose on your checking...

3 Keys to Importing Your Product

Last week's blog: Chinese Manufacturing Best Practices was one of the most popular of my recent blogs.Would you like to know a bit more about this topic? I thought so.This week, I decided to continue the conversation by addressing 3 keys to importing your product.I...

Chinese Manufacturing Best Practices

Are you considering manufacturing your product in China? Have you heard “horror stories?”Relax. Like any relationship, working with a Chinese manufacturer is all about communicating clearly and effectively to get your message across.I manufactured my...

Bootstrapping for invention success

There are many challenges to inventing – not the least of which is: how to succeed on a limited budget. Patents are expensive – approximately $5,000 – $10,000 or more (depending on invention complexity). Developing, marketing, and bringing your own...

3 Big Inventor Gaffes to Avoid Now

What are biggest barriers – big gaffes – that prevent inventors with great products from achieving success? Interestingly, the biggest barriers to inventor success are not what immediately comes to mind for most people: money, competition, or lack of...

Connecting the dots to your future

In a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs talked about the value of “connecting the dots” in your life.Okay. fair warning: this post will be a bit woo-woo for some people, but my post last week called The Magic Happens Outside Your...