How is a trademark different from a patent?

It is not uncommon for new inventors to ask questions about the type of protection they should seek with a new idea or invention.  Here is some basic information on the types of protections you may consider. 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 ...

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Did you know? Bubble wrap was originally invented as wallpaper.

Engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes invented bubble wrap in 1957 while trying to create a textured wallpaper by sealing two shower curtains together to trap air bubbles. It wasn't until three years after the origination of their invention that Frederick W. Bowers, a marketer at Sealed Air, which made the product, finally came up with the perfect use for it. In 1959, IBM had announced a new word length ...

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Did you know? The first tourist attraction corn maze was created in 1993 in Annville, Pennsylvania

Corn mazes are fall-favorite attractions among both children and adults. Many are based on artistic designs such as characters from movies and appear in many different designs. Some mazes are even created to tell stories or to portray a particular theme. Most have a path which goes all around the whole pattern, either to end in the middle or to come back out again, with various false trails diverging from ...

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How to Earn Royalties On Your Invention

We’ve all heard of inventions that have sold millions of units like Proactiv, Bowflex, Ped Egg, Snuggie and the George Foreman Grill, but what does it take to license an idea for royalties? 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 ...

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Did you know? The Windows operating system was first created and released to the public in the 1980s

The first independent version of Microsoft Windows, version 1.0, was released on November 20, 1985. Despite achieving little popularity with the general public, Bill Gates and Microsoft continued to develop new features to the system. With the release of Windows 95 on August 24, 1995, Microsoft grew immensely in popularity due to the ease of use and innovation while using personal computers. Newer versions such as Windows 7 and Windows 10 ...

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Home Improvement Inventions Wanted for 2020 National Hardware Show

The 2020 National Hardware Show, scheduled for May 5-7 in Las Vegas, is the most popular event for learning, sourcing and trading in the home improvement and DIY markets. This year marks the 75th anniversary for the show where more than 25,000 industry professionals gather. InventionHome is pleased to announce our 10th consecutive year sponsoring the “Inventors Spotlight” area at this 3-day event. By consolidating independent inventors into one place, the ...

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How taking action on an idea led to $26 million

By now you may have heard of the amazing 8-year-old boy who reviews toys on YouTube and was just named the platform’s highest earner for 2019. His channel “Ryan’s World” has 23.2 million subscribers and earned $26 million this past year. We’re not sure that Ryan’s parents saw this level of potential when they helped Ryan start the channel back in 2015, but they did what many of us fail ...

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InventionHome sponsors popular “Inventors Corner” at The Inspired Home Show

For the 10th consecutive year, InventionHome is pleased to partner with the International Housewares Association (IHA) as they prepare for the largest housewares-only tradeshow in the world. Previously known as The International Home + Housewares Show, starting in 2020 IHA has renamed the annual 4-day event The Inspired Home Show. It will take place March 14-17, 2020 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The tradeshow will have an updated look and feel ...

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“Plumbers Third Hand” Voted #1 Product by Pro-Remodeler Magazine

InventionHome congratulates our co-inventors John and William on having their garbage disposal installation tool chosen by Pro-Remodeler Magazine as #1 of the top 100 products for 2019 in the category of tools & equipment. Their tool, called the “Plumbers Third Hand”, was licensed in 2018 by Keeney Manufacturing Company. John commented, “Bill and I are extremely proud of this and could not have done this without Keeney Manufacturing Company. Thank you ...

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Showcase Your Golf Invention at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

InventionHome is once again pleased to sponsor the “Inventors Spotlight” at the upcoming PGA Merchandise Show, where event attendees can experience over 1000 interactive exhibits and network with industry leaders and professionals. The show’s exhibits are scheduled for January 22-24 in Orlando, Florida. The Inventors Spotlight area provides a unique platform where inventors can introduce their golf inventions to industry influencers and product development experts. If you have a patent application filed, ...

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