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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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Inventing on a Limited Budget

There are many challenges to inventing, not the least of which is: how to succeed on a limited budget. Patents are expensive – approximately $5,000 – $10,000 or more (depending on invention complexity). Developing, marketing, and bringing your own product … Continue reading

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Inventing Basics: Search, Prototype, Validate

New inventors often say to me, “I have an idea I think is great, now what do I do?” My most succinct answer is to do the following: Search: USPTO.gov, retail and online stores, catalogs Prototypes: Begin building prototypes of … Continue reading

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The Habits of Successful Inventors, Part 2

As I finished the last post, The Habits of Successful Inventors, I immediately realized there was more to be written on the topic. I discussed how successful inventors have behaviors, different from typical workers, that  serve them quite well: Discover ideas … Continue reading

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The Habits of Successful Inventors

Successful Inventors Think Differently Our habits are like our clothing: they “fit” us and we become accustomed and comfortable with them. The habits may or may not be good or productive ones; our comfort with them remains. If we wish … Continue reading

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Thinkers, Tinkerers, and Inventors

I have been an inventor for 12 years and have been full-time self-employed as an inventor for the last 5 years. I have found there are three kinds of people when it comes to invention. Thinkers When I relate the … Continue reading

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Inventors and the Digital Economy

Much has been written about the digital economy: job losses caused by technology advances and wage stagnation for middle income workers. A recent article in The Economist highlighted this challenge. Corporations are pressured to increase productivity and profits while reducing costs. One way … Continue reading

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Why Inventors Matter

Less than 5% of all patent holders profit from their invention. Almost everyone knows someone who invented something, but never got any traction or success from their concept or idea. Big innovative technology companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and others have … Continue reading

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Why Most Inventors Fail – Too Many Ideas, Too Little Focus

Less than 5% of all patent holders profit from their inventions. Most inventors fail – where they could have been successful – were it not for some key blunders or missteps. In the next several blogs, I am going to … Continue reading

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