Did you know? Credit cards were invented in the early 1900s

Credit cards were invented in the early 1900s and have evolved into one of the most common payment methods for in-store and online purchases.  The first iteration of a ‘credit card’ was called a “charge coin.” Charge coins were used from the late 19th century to the 1930s. They came in various shapes and sizes, constructed using copper, aluminum, and steel. Each charge coin usually had a little hole, enabling it ...

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Did you know? The first umbrella shop opened in 1830s England and is still in operation today!

The shop opened in 1830 and is still located at 53 New Oxford Street in London, England. The first patent for an umbrella was issued in 1969 when Bradford E Phillips, the owner of Totes Incorporated of Loveland, Ohio obtained a patent for his "working folding umbrella." Invention of the umbrella or parasol dates back to Ancient Assyria, Greece, and China; however, the Chinese were the first to develop a waterproof ...

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Should You License Your Invention For Ongoing Royalty Payments

If you are not familiar with the term “license”, think of it as a way of renting your invention as opposed to selling your invention. If you are not in a position to develop, manufacture and sell your invention on your own, licensing could be a very good option for you to pursue. A license agreement is when the inventor [licensor] agrees to let a third party [licensee] commercially use his or ...

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Illinois Carpenter Obtains a Licensing Deal with Major Manufacturer

Congratulations to Robert, an Illinois carpenter who just secured a license agreement with a major North American manufacturer of vehicle aftermarket products. His patented invention, the “Tailgate Sawhorse” is a set of hardware which provides a convenient workspace on an opened tailgate of a truck. The company is moving forward quickly with further development and production, with the goal of debuting this product at the Aapex Show this November.

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Fitness Apparel Product Secures a Marketing Deal Through InventionHome Efforts

We are proud to announce a marketing contract was recently signed for the Heat Maximizing Armbands. The product is designed to tone and lose inches from your upper arms during a training/workout routine. InventionHome wishes much continued success to the California maker of this fitness product.

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InventionHome Helps Canadian Couple Obtain Licensing Deal with a Major Retail Supplier

Congratulations to Canadian co-inventors Mathieu and Genevieve who recently inked a license agreement with a major retail supplier here in the US. The pair have worked for years to develop and patent a cutting-edge technology for their Cordless Hair Dryer. The company, who is working diligently to finalize production details, expects this product to be introduced early in 2019 if not sooner.

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Did you know? The first lawn mower was invented as early as 1830!

With Spring finally in full bloom and Summer fast approaching, people are commonly seen mowing their lawns. A well-maintained lawn makes homes and businesses look much more appealing, and some people even take joy in lawn upkeep. Lawnmowers have been in use for close to 200 years; however, the ride-along and motorized lawnmowers we know and love are recent advancements in the lawn care industry. The first lawn mower was invented ...

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InventionHome’s “Plumber’s Third Hand” Debuts at National Hardware Show

The newly licensed “Plumber’s Third Hand” got off to a strong start as it debuted at the National Hardware Show May 8th through 10th in Las Vegas. The 3-day show is one of the best venues to introduce products for the hardware/home improvement market. Attendees were able to view a video demonstration of the time-saving plumbing product at the Keeney Manufacturing Company booth. This handy tool, developed and patented by co-inventors John ...

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Relay Circuit Pro Now Offered in AutoZone’s Rental Program

Since being licensed several years ago, more than 9000 Relay Circuit Pro kits have been sold. InventionHome is now pleased to announce that AutoZone has begun a special rental program for this tool which vehicle service technicians have come to rely on. Bobby, an inventor from Oklahoma, designed his invention to include numerous diagnostics within one easy-to-use unit. The patented Relay Circuit Pro is a device designed to test all circuits ...

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I have a new invention idea. Now what?

There’s a lot to think about when you come up with a good idea. Exactly how will it work? What problem does it solve? Who will be interested in my idea? What’s my next step to show my idea? But honestly, one of the first things you should consider is patent protection of your idea. This wasn’t the case a few years ago when inventors could take more time working through ...

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