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Thanksgiving Inventions you Never Knew Existed

Holiday, Innovative Inventions, Patents

Thanksgiving Inventions

Tomorrow, people all over the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day! In the spirit of giving, we thought that we’d share with you three Thanksgiving inventions!

Ideas come in all shapes and sizes and work to solve a myriad of problems. These three Thanksgiving invention patents were created to solve holiday problems that you never knew existed.

Without further ado, we introduce to you, three Thanksgiving inventions:

Thanksgiving Invention - Pumpkin Powder

Pumpkin Powder – Though it doesn’t sound very appetizing, the invention of pumpkin powder in 1897 was created with the idea of mashing the edible substance of a pumpkin, squash or sweet potato into powder or meal form. From there, this powdery substance could then be combined with water or milk to make pies without having to be cooked before baking.

Thanksgiving Invention - Pie Filling Device

Pie Filling Device – To build on the latter pie idea, this Thanksgiving invention from 1986 was created to fill pie shells with a fluid filling within a hot oven, via a pumping apparatus. The Pie Filling Device was invented to help alleviate the problem of having to fill pie shells while they are cooking in the oven.

Thanksgiving Invention- Automatic Mashed Potato Maker

Automatic Mashed Potato System – This more recent Thanksgiving invention idea from 2007 was created in an effort to solve the problem of the time-consuming, inconsistent conventional potato-mashing process. The Automatic Mashed Potato System works in a way that the potatoes would be fed through a unit in the upper cavity of the product that would then pass through a seasoning unit onto a removable collection tray where the seasoned mashed potatoes would collect. From there you can say “voila!” because you’ve just made a batch of mashed potatoes to serve to your friends and family on Thanksgiving Day!

Now that you’ve seen these three Thanksgiving inventions and the problems they look to solve, do you think you’d use any of these for preparing your Thanksgiving Day feast?

From all of us at Davison, we’d like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Copyright Davison, 2015




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5 Qualities of a Successful Person

Innovation, Inventing Advice

Inventionland Tweet

On Monday, November 16, we were inspired by a quote that our friends over at Inventionland tweeted that served as our daily bout of motivation.

It’s a common occurrence for idea people and creative minds to let their doubts and insecurities rise to the forefront and put their dreams and aspirations on the backburner.

So often, people are afraid of the risk to move their idea forward while some don’t have enough confidence in themselves or their idea to pursue it.

The quote, “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do” is so straightforward and simple, yet it’s our own human tendency to let our fears and uncertainties take the driver’s seat.

Today, we are going to share with you five qualities that successful and confident people exude:

Creativity – Successful people don’t experience success because they followed the pack. Successful people are successful because they thought-outside-of-the box. Follow your dreams and use your imagination, your creativity is the brush and your idea is the canvas. Paint a beautiful picture!

Persistency – It’s no secret that along your journey you’re going to encounter some hurdles. It’s how you handle these hurdles that will determine your success. Successful people use hurdles as learning lessons and become stronger and more resilient because of them.

Thoughtfulness – Put on your thinking cap. Being successful requires a person to not only be thoughtful when it comes to their idea, but empathetic as well. Inventions are made out of necessity. Sometimes, invention ideas can help those in need, so ask yourself, “How can my invention change someone’s life?”

Realism – Being realistic is an important piece to the success puzzle. When working on your idea, know that you may never be successful and, if you are, it won’t happen overnight. Success takes resilience and time. Setting unattainable goals will only set you up for failure. Start small and keep building on your successes.

Confidence – The popular adage, “No one will believe in you unless you do” is very fitting when it comes to being successful. You have to believe in yourself, your abilities, your aptitude and so much more to be successful. Confidence is a learned skill and through consistency and practice you will exude an air of confidence.

So, take note of these five tips and always believe in yourself.  In times of doubt, remember to “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

Copyright Davison, 2015


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Here’s What Happened at SEMA and AAPEX

Davison News, Trade Shows



Inside AAPEX

At Davison, we love traveling to various trade shows in a multitude of industries. These shows align perfectly with our “We Try Longer” mentality that we apply to our work as well as give us an opportunity to meet with innovative minds from far and wide to find a potential home for our clients’ products.

In the beginning of November, Davison President Frank Vescio and Managing Senior Director of Licensing Matt made their way to Las Vegas, NV for an action-packed week.

Though Las Vegas is known for its nightlife, casinos and much more, this Davison duo went to Vegas for their annual trip to the SEMA and AAPEX trade shows.

The SEMA Show is “the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world” and this year’s show drew over 60,000 automotive product buyers!

While the AAPEX, or the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, on the other hand, featured “over 2,200 automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers showcasing innovative products, services and technologies to 39,000+ targeted buyers.”



Mr. Vescio with My Classic Car's Dennis Gage.

So, with two big trade shows and an excited Davison duo, it’s only fitting that we can report on some great news from both SEMA and AAPEX.

According to Matt, both shows were an overall success!

“As always, it’s good to get out and meet with the companies we work with to see their new product launches at the show,” said Matt.

Furthermore, Mr. Vescio said that attending these types of shows is great for catching up with old contacts, making new contacts and working on improving our processes.

“It’s always great to attend these shows. It allows me to see past contacts, meet the new contacts that the company is establishing, watch our own licensing team members in action and get a pulse for what we can constantly do to improve our process of getting more products on store shelves than ever thought possible,” said Mr. Vescio.


SEMA 2015

Matt at SEMA 2015.

Matt said that the connections Mr. Vescio and he made did not stop with just companies we’ve already built relationships with.

“We met with quite a few companies and established new contacts within the automotive industry,” said Matt.

“We are off and running to increase our product presence (and the Davsion ‘D’) within this category!” said Matt.

Though we can’t disclose all of the great details from these shows like who we talked to and what companies we are pursuing, we can share with you some of the great photos that Mr. Vescio and Matt snapped while at the 2015 Las Vegas SEMA and AAPEX shows!

Matt with the cast from "Tanked!"

Matt with the cast from "Tanked!"


Mr. Vescio with KC from "Gas Monkey!"


Mr. Vescio with Overhaulin's Chris Jacobs!


Mr. Vescio with Wheelers Dealer's Ed and Mike!

While Davison regularly attends trade shows in a number of industries, it does not promise that any particular client product will be, or is likely to be, presented or discussed at a trade show.

Copyright Davison, 2015


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As Seen on TV: Paula Deen Pet Food Packaging

Hugs Pet Products, Package Design

Paula Deen Commercial - Hugs Pet Products

Before you know it, we’ll be gathered around the table with our family and friends enjoying a delicious meal with all of the fixings.

But, just as you prepare for your Thanksgiving Day feast, Paula Deen and our friends over at Hugs Pet Products have been preparing recipes for your furry four-legged family members in Deen’s own kitchen, online and on TV!

What could we possibly mean? Recently, Hugs and Paula Deen released their brand-new Paula Deen Premium Select Pet Food commercial!

If you haven’t seen it yet, now is your chance!

This short, but sweet, video gives viewers an inside look at the nutritious ingredients that are used to create this wholesome blend of pet food.

What’s even better is that the work that our friends over at Inventionland did for Hugs Pet Products was featured in this commercial as they were the creative minds behind the package design!

Paula Deen Commercial - Hugs Pet Products

The commercial has been running since Monday, October 19 and will continue through December. The 30-second video even has been featured on the big-time TV network, Lifetime!

As Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, we can’t help but give thanks for this great update from our friends over at Inventionland and Hugs Pet Products!

Copyright Davison, 2015

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Who’s Lowell Wood and Why Do We Care?


Lowell Wood - Leading Patent Holder in America

Year after year, America continues to be the most innovative, inventing nation in the entire world.

When we think of famous American inventors, more times than not, Thomas Edison’s name will likely be rambled off, among many other inventors.

This comes as no surprise, given the fact that he’s invented some of the most prolific inventions in history, such as the phonograph, light bulb and the movie camera, to name a few.

But, along with all inventions comes a slew of patents; and, being the great innovator and inventor that Edison was, between the years of 1869 and 1933, he tacked on 1,084 United States utility patents to his resume.

This astonishing number of patents made him the longstanding record holder for 82 years as the American inventor with the most patents. But, like most things in life, all good things must come to an end and Edison’s reign as patent king in America has come to a close, thanks to a man named Lowell Wood.

It was lucky patent 1,085 that allowed Wood to surpass Edison in the intellectual property department. So, what is Wood’s invention specialty?

According Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance, “The scope of his inventions is insane… he’s just this guy who is compelled to solve problems and invent new ideas.”

In fact, one of his inventions, the “Mosquito Laser” is a device that was invented in order to solve the problem of malaria by killing large numbers of mosquitos to help reduce people’s chance of contracting the disease.

With all of this talk about patents and inventions solving problems, we couldn’t help but reflect on the importance of patents and what it takes to chase your dreams.

So, with that being said, we wanted to offer you three inventing tips:

  1. Be persistent – Coming up with an invention idea and hopefully seeing it succeed doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re serious about your idea, it’s important to understand that it’ll take diligence, perseverance and a great attitude to be able to handle the obstacles along the inventing journey.
  2. Be positive – As we mentioned in the previous point, a great attitude is an important cog in the invention wheel. Know that there will be naysayers and people who are waiting for you to fail. Despite this negative energy, keeping a positive and focused attitude will help you deal with the curveballs and continue to chase after your dreams.
  3. Be smart – Inventions come out of necessity and work to solve problems. Think of yourself as Sherlock Holmes. You are a detective who is looking to solve a problem and that problem will be solved with your invention idea. To that point, you’ll want to surround yourself with a “Watson;” what we mean by this is that you’ll want to spend time with people who share your vision, who support you and who encourage you to do your best day in and day out.

Lowell Wood’s 1,085 patents alone are inspiring; however, it’s his creativity, intellect and, of course, his innovative spirit that has earned him with the title of America’s leading patent holder.

Only time will tell how long Wood will keep the patent-holding crown!

Copyright Davison, 2015




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