Posted on June 25, 2020Segway Was Overhyped and Destined to Fail. Current Owner Ninebot Announced It Is Ceasing Production.The Segway personal transporter was introduced just as the dotcom frenzy was topping out. At a time when hype was flowing like Bud Lite at a Super Bowl, the Segway was the most hyped product in the history of hype. Steve Jobs said it would be bigger than the personal computer. Others predicted that cities would be redesigned to accommodate it. Yes, serious people seriously said that cities would be changed to fit Segway. Otherwise smart people failed to note that Segway was twice as wide ...
Products created and commercialized by Invention City and its partners have generated over $500,000,000 in retail sales and tens of millions in royalty income. We are actively looking to license new inventions in all categories and all stages of development. When we say "yes" we offer to do it all and pay for everything so that you risk nothing more - we take responsibility for patents, prototypes, engineering, design and marketing, to turn your new invention idea into a manufactured product with a real opportunity for market success. The first step to working with us is our Brutally Honest Review. Click to see the video and read our fine print in bold.
Starting as garage inventors we've had over 25 years of experience creating, developing, licensing and selling inventions to Fortune 100 corporations and start-up companies. This gives us deep first hand knowledge of prior art research, market evaluation, building prototypes, engineering for manufacturing, industrial design, writing and filing US and international patents and trademarks, defending patents and trademarks in the US and internationally, negotiating licensing agreements, managing licensing relationships, sourcing and managing manufacturing and fulfillment, marketing via traditional distribution to mass merchants, chains, individual retailers, direct marketing via DRTV, internet and crowd funding, forming strategic partnerships and launching and selling start-up companies. We don't know of anyone in our industry who's had our breadth and depth of experience. We've enjoyed a lot of success and have learned from failures too. Learn more about us here.
You can see some of our past and current product successes below. Click here to see some of the inventions we currently have in development.
Over the years we've heard from inventors who've wasted thousands, tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars pursuing their dreams and failing. Invention City's mission is to help inventors keep money in their pockets, increase their chances of success and commercialize great new product ideas through licensing and partnership deals. The Invention City team is comprised of successful inventors and entrepreneurs who've made their money by bringing new patented products to market. We want to make money with you, not from you. Read about us here.
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The difference between Invention City and other invention companies is the success, depth and unique experiences of the Invention City team along with a business model that's structured to profit with inventors rather than from them. Invention City grew out of WorkTools, Inc., (read about WorkTools here.) We come at this business having been bona fide garage inventors and that's where our hearts remain. These links explain:
We believe that inventors should do as much as they can on their own and then, when informed and ready, seek help and advice from providers who genuinely care. Our Brutally Honest Review is a great way to get professional feedback and a real chance for success. A visit to the info booth is a good way to get started. Be careful about disclosing proprietary and confidential information to anyone. We hope that your visit is productive. Please visit us often and let us know how we can make things better.
Invention City provides inventors and new product idea developers with information, resources and help for each stage of the inventing process. Use the links above to learn how to:
- Evaluate invention potential
- Make an invention prototype
- Understand patents and how to patent inventions
- Submit inventions to potential partners
- Invention licensing manufacturing and marketing
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Posted on June 22, 2020When you invent, getting "patent pending" status can be very helpful as a potential deterrent to infringers, an indication of credibility, or as a designation of potential value. Getting "patent pending" status also helps you avoid some of the most costly risks such as losing the right to exclusively protect your invention in foreign countries or, in some cases, even in the United States.Guest Article by Jeff HolmanYou can get "patent pending" status as soon as you file a patent application. And the scope of your "patent pending" status is as broad (or narrow) as the level of detail you ...
How Do You Ensure Your Invention Will be a Success Before You Spend Tens of Thousands of Dollars and Years of Your Life Fighting for it?
Posted on June 22, 2020Product Development Professionals Hedge Their Bets on New Products and You Can Too.You can't fully ensure. But there are steps you can take to better the odds. (This is long, but you're new to inventing, well worth reading.)Inventions are high risk investments. In my experience over the past 30 years, the most commercially promising inventions, even with careful vetting, are still, at best, only 50/50 bets. Why? Because there are always evaluation errors and unknown unknowns.50/50 is a terrible bet if your life savings are on the line. But if you can afford to lose all of the money you're ...
Posted on June 12, 2020Yesterday I had a call with a team of inventors interested in selling their invention to us. We didn't have a NDA in place so the conversation proceeded in generalities. I wanted a concrete example and asked, "What existing product is similar to your invention? Don't tell me any details about YOUR invention. I don't want to know. Just give me an example of an existing product that's already being sold." "I'm afraid to disclose anything," the inventors answered. "Even the name of a product I can buy today at Wal-Mart?" I asked. Yes, was the answer.I ended the conversation ...
Posted on May 23, 2020Making consumers aware of a new product can turn projected profits into losses.Getting a product manufactured and offered for sale has never been easier, thanks to affordable 3D design and Amazon. However, making customers aware of a product and turning a profit has never been harder. Our VertiGrille? offers a fine case study. We went to market on our own after rejecting a deal from a major housewares company. To keep things easy, we decided to sell exclusively on Amazon with Amazon FBA (fulfillment by Amazon). We did some PR, which worked a bit. Tried advertising on Youtube, Facebook, Adwords ...