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InventionHome Product Spotlight – Tipsy Tower

Memorial Day has come and gone.  The holiday signifies many things…a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country, as well as a time to visit the gravesites of our loved ones to pay respects.  In a much less ‘official’ manner, this day also marks a changeover in the season making it [...]

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Inventors: UIA & Mark Reyland driving positive change in the invention industry.

For independent inventors, navigating the invention process can often times be a scary and difficult challenge. Knowing where to turn and the steps to take to drive an idea through to commercialization is not always easy for inventors.

One organization with a mission to educate and help inventors is the United Inventors Association (UIA). The UIA offers a multitude of free benefits for inventors in need of invention help and is continually striving to develop improvements and positive change in the invention industry. Originally founded as an extension of the USPTO over 20 years ago, the UIA is a great organization to join for all inventors.

For information on joining the UIA – www.uiausa.org.

The driving force behind the UIA is the UIA’s Executive Director, Mark Reyland. Mark is a serial entrepreneur with a long career in product development and inventing stemming back to his early days in the United States Air Force and National Security Agency.

Since joining the UIA, Mark has worked tirelessly and passionately for the benefit of the inventor community. Mark’s commitment to helping inventors leads to a regular 60 to 80 hour work week, spending upwards of 200 days a year traveling between inventor clubs, Washington DC (where he leads the UIA effort to strengthen inventor protection legislation and enforcement), meetings and trade shows.

Through Mark’s leadership, the UIA has developed a supportive program for 100+ UIA certified inventor clubs around the country where real inventors meet monthly. The UIA supplies the clubs with professional speakers as well as Skype kits to allow speakers to present long distance. In addition, Mark travels to over 30 clubs each year to personally thank the club leadership and to educate on available tools and efforts taking place on their behalf at the national level.

The UIA has also developed a strong national trade show support program offering Inventor Showcase and educational programs at industry trade shows. The UIA hosts the National Hardware Show’s Inventor Spotlight Pavilion, PGA Merchandise Show and International Housewares Shows and has several more national tradeshows on tap for 2013.

If your company would like to become a professional corporate member of the UIA please visit www.uiausa.org.

For more information visit:

http://markreyland.wordpress.com

http://inventionhome.com/2012/12/06/how-the-uia-mark-reyland-are-helping-the-invention-industry/

www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Mark/Reyland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXe3BB4y2DY

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For independent inventors, navigating the invention process can often times be a scary and difficult challenge. Knowing where to turn and the steps to take to drive an idea through to commercialization is not always easy for inventors. One organization with a mission to educate and help inventors is the United Inventors Association (UIA). The [...]

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InventionHome Product Spotlight – “Spin-n-Stor”

Here comes November!  Gone are the lazy days of summer and the relaxing autumn evenings.  The holidays are now bearing down, and it is officially “busy” season!  Time is truly precious, and that’s one reason that we see many inventions that were designed to SAVE TIME.   One such invention comes from Ruth G. of San [...]

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InventionHome Product Spotlight – “Spin’nStor”

Here comes November!  Gone are the lazy days of summer and the relaxing autumn evenings.  The holidays are now bearing down, and it is officially “busy” season!  Time is truly precious, and that’s one reason that we see many inventions that were designed to SAVE TIME.   One such invention comes from Ruth G. of San [...]

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InventionHome Product Spotlight: Jagged Jeans Design

It’s back-to-school time!  This means back-to-school shopping and for many it also means back-to-school JEANS.  The problem with brand new jeans is…well…they aren’t broken in to look and feel “old”.  But don’t worry ~ we have an invention for that, and it comes from our client Ronda E. from Iowa. The name of Ronda’s invention [...]

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Pitch Your Invention to QVC Sprouts

On March 13, 2012, QVC Sprouts is officially launching at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show in the InventionHome.com Inventors Corner Pavilion. A panel of QVC buyers will be on hand to listen to inventor pitches. If you have a product fit for TV, submit it for a chance to be selected to attend [...]

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Do Inventors Need 3D Designs or Prototypes?

If you are an inventor in the early stages of development (you don’t have finished samples) and you are looking to sell or license your invention to a company for ongoing royalty payments, you will more than likely need some form of prototype or design to showcase your invention to prospective companies. In reality, most [...]

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The Power of Online Invention Tradeshows

Developing or finding the next innovative product in today’s marketplace is the key focus of an ever expanding list of companies. Even our government is pushing industries to innovate more, recognizing the need for innovation to drive our economy. Over the coming years, we expect an explosion in the area of innovation, thus creating a [...]

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Should you exhibit your product at the upcoming National Hardware Show (May 10-12th)?

Should you exhibit your product at the upcoming National Hardware Show (May 10-12th)? If you want exposure to thousands of industry professional looking for new products and the opportunity to learn from industry experts, YES…you should consider exhibiting at this show. The trend in National Tradeshows is to include a “micro tradeshow” for inventors within [...]

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Inventor on NBC TODAY Show! How did she do it?

My very dear friend and client Kathy Lancaster, is appearing on The Today Show tomorrow morning with Kathy Lee Gifford at 10 AM EST with her amazing fashion accessory Kapelli Ear Covers! How did she do it? Kathy and I have been working on her manufacturing project for one year now, and her shipment of [...]

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NEW Military Home Shopping Channel to Launch!

What will help products reach MILLIONS of consumers? T.V. of course! The Military Shopping Channel (MSC) will be a fabulous new shopping model that will have access to over 12+ MILLION active duty and retired military personnel, and their families. Holy Toledo! After returning from Tampa, and visiting with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington, I am [...]

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Invention in the Spotlight – September

INTRODUCING – MAGIC SPICER As autumn approaches, so does the season for savory “comfort foods” and holiday baking.  As you begin to pull out those spices from the back of the cupboard, spices like chili powder, oregano, nutmeg and cinnamon, consider how great it would be to have a convenient spice rack to both simplify [...]

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Can You Earn Royalties On Your Invention?

Believe it or not, it’s not as hard as you may think to land a royalty deal on a product invention…provided you have a truly “good” idea to start with, and you have some important steps completed before approaching companies. To begin, let me step back and explain what I mean by “royalty deal”, which [...]

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Star Trek technology – a Thing of the Present

If you wonder what the world will be like in the future, the near future that is, take 8 minutes out of your day to watch this presentation at the recent TED conference, where the best of the best gather to take our world to the next level. This particular innovation is an information tool. [...]

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Invention of the Week #11: Mess-esity is the Mother of Invention

This week’s featured invention is “Chef-Aid” from independent inventor Annette Johnson, who was tired of messy spoons and spatulas dripping on her rangetop. Goodbye mess, hello to the now patented Chef-Aid. Annette works with our invention commercialization partner, Invention Home, to help her find marketing/licensing opportunities for her invention. Chef-Aid, with its unique, patented drain system, is [...]

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Invention of the Week #6: Expandable Power Strip

This week’s featured invention is the ” Expandable Power Strip”, which was invented by Yekusiel Teitelbaum.  Mr. Teitelbaum has an issued US Utility patent on his invention.    Most households contain multiple charging devices for cell phones, handheld gaming systems, cameras, MP3 players, etc.  The large plugs are bulky and sometimes prevent adjacent plugs from being used at the same time.  Expandable Power Strip enables the [...]

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