Category Archives: Ideas

Inventor Q & A: Questions and Answers

I thought it might be nice to post a variety of common questions that inventors ask and my answers. My answers are, of course, just that: my answers. Other inventors may, no doubt, have different answers than I do. Here are … Continue reading

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Your New Invention May not be “New”

The next three blog posts comprise a “reality check” that every new inventor should consider. The reality is that your new invention idea: May not really be new May not be patentable May not be commercially valuable For this post, let’s focus … Continue reading

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Australian Adventure

I haven’t published a post for about 3 weeks and I suspect that some readers wondered if I had ceased my blogs. It was merely a brief hiatus so I could go on a grand adventure: to Australia, more about … Continue reading

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Cutting the Gordian Knot to Inventing Success

The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem (disentangling an “impossible” knot) solved easily by loophole or “thinking outside the box” (“cutting the Gordian knot”). The iconic Gordian knot is analogous to the … Continue reading

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2016: Thoughts on Inventing in the New Year

It is a new year, a great time for reflection and to consider your goals and objectives for 2016. This could be a great time to get to work on your product idea: the one that has been bouncing around … Continue reading

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Inventing as a Career

Many parents have heard these fateful words from their sons or daughters: Mom and Dad, I’m dropping out of college to become a ——— Fill in the blank with actor, rock star or inventor. All three endeavors have one common thread: … Continue reading

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The American Dream: Myth and Reality, Part II

In the prior post, The American Dream: Myth and Reality, I discussed two premises regarding the American dream: Premise 1: It should be Easy to Earn a Lucrative Living Premise 2: Those willing to Take Risk and Work very Hard May Achieve … Continue reading

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