Should I Patent My Idea Sooner Rather Than Later?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had your fair share of ideas…good, bad or ugly.  In my case, most aren’t very good, but occasionally I come up with one that I think has potential and is worth pursuing. When you do come up with that new idea, there can be a lot to think about. How will it work? What problem does it solve? Who will be interested in the idea? ...

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Did you know? Jigsaw puzzles were first created using paintings

Jigsaw puzzles were originally made by painting a picture on a flat piece of wood and then cutting that picture into small pieces with a jigsaw. John Spilsbury, a London cartographer and engraver, is credited with being the first person to begin selling wooden jigsaw puzzles around 1760. Most modern jigsaw puzzles are made out of cardboard since they are easier and cheaper to mass-produce than the original wooden models. ...

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Home Improvement Inventions Wanted for 2019 National Hardware Show

The 2019 National Hardware Show, scheduled for May 7-9 in Las Vegas, is the most popular event for learning, sourcing and trading in the home improvement and DIY markets. InventionHome is pleased to announce our 9th consecutive year sponsoring the “Inventors Spotlight” area at this 3-day event. By consolidating independent inventors into one place, the Inventors Spotlight makes it easier for companies to find fresh products for sale or license. Inventors ...

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InventionHome Helps Canadian Inventor Get Marketing Deal for His Unique Pool Accessory

We wish continued sales success to Canadian inventor Dan as he recently signed a marketing deal for his Magic Pool Fountain. This patent-pending pool accessory will safely and efficiently illuminate a pool area with a unique and colorful light display.

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InventionHome’s “Tailgate Sawhorse” Debuts at Recent AAPEX Show

The newly licensed “Tailgate Sawhorse” got off to a strong start when it debuted at the AAPEX Show October 30 through November 1 in Las Vegas. The 3-day event is an international tradeshow, and one of the best venues for introducing products to the $740 billion automotive aftermarket industry. Attendees were able to see this new product displayed on an actual truck bed at the Erickson Manufacturing booth. The company is ...

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Did you know? Gift wrapping was done as far back as 2000 BC

The use of wrapping paper is first documented in ancient China. In the Southern Song dynasty, monetary gifts were wrapped with paper, forming an envelope known as a “chih pao”. The wrapped gifts were distributed by the Chinese court to government officials. The wrapping paper was manufactured with rice straws and bamboo fiber. Although the Hall brothers Rollie and Joyce Hall, founders of Hallmark Cards, did not invent gift wrapping, ...

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Did you know? The custom of trick-or-treating has been around since the Middle Ages!

Trick-or-treating is a Halloween  custom for children and adults in many countries. People in costumes travel from house-to-house, asking for treats with the phrase "Trick or treat". The "treat" is usually some form of candy while the "trick" refers to mischief if no treat is given. Some homeowners signal that they are willing to hand out treats by putting up Halloween decorations outside their doors; others simply leave treats available on their porches for the ...

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InventionHome to sponsor popular “Inventors Corner” at the upcoming Housewares Show

InventionHome is pleased to extend its partnership for the 9th consecutive year with the International Home + Housewares Show taking place March 2–5, 2019, in Chicago, IL. As the world’s largest marketplace of home goods, this show offers the opportunity to see first-hand consumer lifestyle and product trends for all areas of the home, both inside and out. The 4-day event at McCormick Place Exposition Center will feature educational sessions and networking ...

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Did you know? A fall-favorite, the candy apple, was invented in 1908

Toffee apples, also known as candy apples in North America, are apples covered in a hard toffee or sugar candy coating, with a stick inserted as a handle. Caramel is also commonly used to cover the apples. These are a common treat at autumn festivals, especially around Halloween. American William W. Kolb invented the red candy apple. Kolb produced his first batch of candied apples in 1908. While experimenting in his ...

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What are patents and trademarks?

An Intellectual Property Right (IPR) is a right given to a person over the creation of their intellect or mind. IPRs include patents, trademarks and copyrights, and are governed by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If you are an inventor with an idea, here is some basic information on the types of protections you may consider. First, here is an important fact to consider.  In 2013, the United States ...

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