Category Archives: Invention marketing companies

Conversations with an Invention Marketing Shyster – Part II

  In the previous Part I post, I role played a story where an inventor, named Sam, had a conversation with a shyster invention marketing company (IMF) with the fictional name Intergalactic Marketing and Patents (IMAP). Unfortunately, the legitimate IMFs are very … Continue reading

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Conversations with an Invention Marketing Shyster – Part I

It seems practically every week, I speak with an inventor with a promising product who has fallen victim to the charms of a invention marketing firm (IMF). There are two types of IMFs – the legitimate ones that render services … Continue reading

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Inventor Financial Blunders – and How to Avoid Them

Inventing is a challenging profession: it is capital intensive and many big costs occur in the beginning and the profits, if any, may not come until years later, if ever. Who wants to sign up? Obviously, I ‘signed up’ or I wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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New Inventor with New Invention: Now What?

Every day across America, across the globe, thousands of new inventors have their first aha moment: an idea for a new invention to solve an old problem. In March, 2002, I dreamed up an idea for a thin, flexible wallet to solve … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Inventor ‘Bear Traps’

What are biggest barriers that prevent inventors with great products from achieving success? Interestingly, the biggest barriers to inventor success are not what immediately comes to mind for most people: money, competition, or lack of connections. Why? While those are … Continue reading

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Looking for a ‘Few Good Men & Women’

William Jones, captain of Marines in the Providence (the 28-gun frigate, not the 12-gun sloop) then at Boston,  advertised in the 20 March 1779 Providence (R.I.) Gazette the need for “a  few good Men” to engage in “a short Cruize” … Continue reading

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Inventions are Cash-Eating Pigs

Face it: inventions are cash-eating pigs.  Why? Inventing is an extremely risky business venture that is front-loaded with costs and profits, if any, come much later, sometimes never. Your invention is a hungry pig that will happily consume all of … Continue reading

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