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Inventionland to Host Invention Convention 2013 – April 6th!

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It’s time to get together for the sake of inventing! Inventionland is gearing up to host WQED’s Invention Convention 2013 – a day filled with invention challenges, advice from engineers and inventors and even an appearance by the cast of WGBH’s “Design Squad Nation.”

And, that’s not all. Students in grades 5-8 (and their families) are invited to the Saturday, April 6, 2013 event at Inventionland, where they can bring invention ideas, paper prototypes or models for review by Inventionland Creationeers. Students are even able to construct their own prototypes on-site.

Interested students can register for one of two sessions, which are slated from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so if you know a young, aspiring inventor, encourage them to attend (and to bring you, of course!)

Find out more about Invention Convention 2013 here.

 

Suffolk University Now Offers Mr. Davison’s Inventing Curriculum

George Davison, Inventing Advice
suffolk universityIf you ask future Suffolk University students what classes they are taking, don’t be surprised when you hear “Inventing 101.”  While there are no specific inventing courses offered yet at the Boston university, we are excited to share that Mr. Davison’s “Idea Teacher” curriculum is included in three different courses this semester! Dr. Sushil Bhatia, Professor and Executive in Residence within the university’s Sawyer Business School, has elected to include the Idea Teacher content in his Chemistry New Product Development, Writing Business Plans and Global Innovation and Virtual Teams classes for the Spring 2013 semester. 

As part of each course, the Idea Teacher curriculum will take students through Mr. Davison’s 9-step inventing method, essentially showing them how to go from idea to execution (I2E).  We’ve included a snippet of a syllabus, so you can see the curriculum outline.


Mr. Davison’s affiliation with Bhatia and the university has grown over the past few years, as Mr. Davison has helped judge the business school’s annual Product Innovation Competition and has joined Sawyer’s I2E board.

From an email that Bhatia sent to Mr. Davison, if the initial inclusion of the curriculum goes well, Suffolk students may see a lot more of it.

“This will give us a chance to check out the response at three levels.  Will keep you posted on the feedback.  I will be in touch with you as the new semester begins (Jan. 15th for my classes) to discuss feedback and to get more information from your end as needed.  Thanks to you and Nathan and his team for this material,” said Bhatia.

We’ll keep you posted of any additional feedback or possible inventing classes that we may hear of.

Congratulations to Mr. Davison and the entire team that made this awesome scholarly achievement possible!

Who Pays to Develop a New Product Idea?

Innovation, Inventing Advice, Inventions

funding an invention

If you are like most inventors, the ultimate goal for your idea is to create a product that will sell.

But one of the first problems you will face is this – an idea is not a product. In order to create a product from an idea, an inventor must be willing to devote time, energy and money to take all of the steps necessary for this to happen. In order to give your idea the best chance for success, you need to work with people who understand all the many steps to bring a product to market.

For over 20 years, Davison has helped inventors bring their ideas from the concept stage to products selling in stores. Their product development services are extremely thorough, and they work with the inventor every step along the way; from patent and product related research to designing, developing and building working prototypes and product samples. They design packaging for the product, identify manufacturers and present new products to corporations, manufacturers, and retailers for possible licensing agreements.

So, as an inventor with a great idea, you probably have a few questions regarding costs:

•      Who pays for the product development services? Clients pay for initial design research, product design, prototype development, integrated retail product packaging (illustrating what the product could appear as on the retail shelf) and product sample demonstration videos.
•      Who pays for licensing? Davison offers licensing representation for a fixed fee plus a 10% interest in any future royalties. However, this is not a purchase of patent or invention rights, and no purchase or partnerships are offered. To see the range of services and costs involved, visit www.davison.com/legal/aipa.html
•      Are there ever cases where Davison would work on an invention for only a percentage of profits? No. Developing inventions is a very uncertain undertaking, and it would be too risky for Davison to work on any invention without some form of up-front payment.

So if you’re looking to have your new product idea prepared and presented to a corporation for possible licensing, Davison has the experience, expertise and track record you should look for in new product development services.

The Benefits of Developing a Product Sample

Inventing Advice, Package Design, Prototyping

When the Davison design team makes the first prototype, they just need to answer one simple question: “Does it work?”

The first prototype is a “proof of concept” model that determines if the invention can work as intended. It may not look exactly like the final prototype and it certainly isn’t made from the same materials. It is usually made of very inexpensive materials. This model is used to determine what design options are working, what will need to be redesigned and the overall “look and feel” of the product idea. With this model, the design team can see how the product fits in with its intended environment. For example, if the product fits in your hand, then they can ask: Is it a comfortable size? Is it easy to push buttons (with your thumb or other hand)? Does the shape feel right?

develop product sampleAfter the Davison design team has had a chance to refine the design, the next step is to make a product sample. These models are usually more like the intended final product in terms of materials, proportions, style, and function. The team will most likely still use less expensive prototyping materials, but the materials will be closer to the type used in the ultimate product. Photographs can be taken of this version and used to create marketing materials. Because this prototype is used to create the product packaging.

Davison creates packaging for the new product sample prototype, so that licensees can imagine how it would fit into their product line and imagine how it would look alongside their other products on store shelves. This by far is the most measurable benefit of the product sample development process, because manufacturers don’t buy great ideas, they buy great products that are well designed and ready for production.

If a manufacturer decides to license a product, they can request that an additional prototype be created to work out issues with their preferred materials and manufacturing processes.

So, you can see that from early concept to final product, the prototype development process is an important part of creating a new product that is well designed and appealing to customers.

What Guarantees About My Invention Can Davison Make Me?

Inventing Advice

davison a better way to invent

Davison is a product development company with designs that have sold in over a 1,000 retail and online stores. Working with Davison gives inventors professional quality services, because of Davison’s more than twenty years of experience designing, engineering, building and testing new inventions. However, even with a great track record of success in transforming ideas into products, there is no guarantee that any particular invention will ever be licensed, sold in stores, or result in financial gain.

New product development is an uncertain endeavor and the typical invention is not licensed, sold on any market, or profitable. In fact, no company can guarantee success; and, if they say they can, you can be certain that their promises are too good to be true.

What Davison does guarantee is a confidential exchange of ideas and information, so that an inventor can rest easy knowing their idea is safe. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome when pursuing your idea is being willing to trust someone with your invention. However, if you want to create a successful product, you will need to share your concept with the skilled and knowledgeable people who can help you navigate the many complex aspects of the invention process. Product idea security and confidentiality are Davison’s top priorities.

Inventors can submit their ideas to the Davison team through a confidentiality agreement, which is a binding contract between you and Davison that states that they will not disclose anything about your invention without your permission. When you submit your idea to Davison, they will guarantee that they will not use, disclose, license or sell your idea without your consent.

Another thing that Davison guarantees is that the Davison design team will work with inventors in every aspect of product development; including product research, design, engineering, prototype construction, and packaging. Davison also identifies appropriate corporations for potential licensing deals, prepares materials and product samples for presentation, negotiates licensing agreements, and manages royalties. Davison has over 250 employees working together in an amazing 110,000 square foot office campus, which includes its inventing factory called Inventionland.

Davison has the skilled professionals and the state-of-the-art equipment that can help you develop your invention into a real product sample, and, they will use all of their experience to give you a truly professional sample and presentation materials.

 

Does Davison Buy My Idea?

Inventing Advice, Package Design, Prototyping

So you have a product idea and want to turn it into a real product selling on store shelves. But having the idea and turning it into something real are the beginning and end of a very long road. There are many steps along the way; such as product and patent searches, prototype building, and manufacturing.  Most inventors don’t have the time or money to develop a new invention on their own.  Therefore, a lot of inventors consider trying to sell their invention to companies that have the resources to manufacture and market the product and make it a success.

new product ideaNow the question is: who is going to buy my invention?

That is a great question, and the Davison invention development process was constructed to help you find an answer to that question.

Davison is a product development company that gives inventors the tools they need to move their ideas from early-stage concepts to a professional product sample ready to present to manufacturers. However, Davison does not buy any ideas and it does not take ownership in an individual’s ideas or inventions. Rather, Davison has refined and developed a unique inventing method over the past twenty years that works with the inventor to design, engineer, build, package and present their ideas to manufacturers for possible licensing agreements. Going through these steps is critically important because manufacturers often want to see a working model or prototype.  In fact, they usually want to see a product that is very close to being ready to manufacture.

If Davison is successful in finding a licensee for a product, they will also provide licensing negotiation and royalty management services. Davison offers licensing representations services for 10% or more of the future royalties. However, this is not considered a purchase of patent or invention rights and no purchase or partnerships with Davison are offered. All throughout this process, the inventor remains the owner of the invention.

So rather than buy an idea, Davison works with clients to bring their ideas to market.  Whether it’s an idea that will enhance a current product, or an idea to develop a product from scratch, Davison has the experience, high quality technology, and the drive to provide professional quality invention development services.

 

Does Davison’s Invention Service Cost Money?

George Davison, Inventing Advice

george davison founder ceo davisonIt’s a question that we’re frequently asked, “Is there a fee for your invention service?“ Simply, yes, we do charge fees for the services we provide.  However, it’s important to point out that you can securely submit your idea to Davison for a no-cost consultation (read free).

Once we discuss your idea and determine whether it fits within our scope of work, we can offer you our services – the same services that we provide to individual inventors and corporations that we develop products for.

In fact, we’ve been providing those same services since our CEO, George Davison, founded our company in 1986, when he set out to help everyday individuals professionally develop their ideas for an economical cost… essentially, our better way to invent.

You see, Mr. D poured his life savings into chasing down his product idea for a new tooth brush sanitizer, only to be beat to market by a large corporation with bigger pockets and better resources.

That’s right, Mr. D spent $30,000 trying to bring his invention to life… and, he’s not alone either.  There are countless inventors who choose to go the road alone, spending all of their precious time and money to pursue their ideas.

Unlike many inventors, Mr. D’s experience did not defeat him; instead, it inspired him to found Davison and find a better way to invent, which is the benchmark of what our business is today.  At Davison, we have the resources to confidentially discuss, design, engineer, build, package and present ideas – and it doesn’t cost an entire life’s savings.

Davison A Better Way to InventSo, of course, there are costs involved with making your idea a reality.  But, what can you expect?

Again, there is absolutely no cost for submitting your idea and you will receive a confidential consultation just for trusting us with it.  Once we’ve talked it over and you’ve decided to commit to Davison’s Better Way to Invent, there are fees for the research, product development and package design we may do for your idea.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a large corporation or an everyday person with an idea.

Simply, it costs money to present your idea in the best way possible.  And, that’s something we’re pretty proud of.  Davison has won numerous international design awards.  More importantly, we’ve put dozens of  products in over 1,000 retailers and online stores.  By comparison, our services are among the best of any design and prototyping company out there.

Get familiar with Davison’s Better Way to Invent by exploring www.davison.com.  Our product pages show inventions that we’ve helped bring to life for everyday people and corporations, alike.

Finally, submit your idea and we’ll get started on your no-cost consultation as soon as possible.

For more information on costs, please visit our website.

Why You Should Prototype Your Invention

Inventing Advice, Prototyping

Imagine you were looking to buy a new car, and the only information you received about your prospective purchase came from a 2D dealer’s brochure – no test drive, no tire-kicking, no chance to see if your favorite coffee mug fits in the car’s cup holders. You probably wouldn’t buy it.

Prospective buyers of your invention feel the same way. They want to see a 3D sample of your product that proves its functionality beyond your theoretical blueprints.

When developing an idea, creating a prototype is a crucial step in the process that mustn’t be ignored. Having a prototype let’s you and potential buyers experience a real version of your product.

Prototypes also help inventors:

SAVE: Prototyping sheds light on any costly errors that may exist in production before finalizing the process and Before Patenting!

TEST: Specs alone can often miss necessary components of the product. Holding a product in your hand can help you catch these omissions.

ACCENTUATE: When it’s time to patent, having a working prototype accentuates your product, making easier to sit down with a patent attorney and see what design aspects may be patentable.

RESEARCH: With a tangible sample, research can be done with the potential licensees, manufacturers, or buyers of your product.

TRYOUT: A prototype gives potential sellers the ability to see how your product may look and fit both physically and aesthetically on their shelves.

“When you arrive with a prototype in hand to meet any professional — from your own attorney to a potential licensing company — you separate yourself from the dozens of others who’ve approached them with only vague ideas in mind. Instead, you’ll be viewed as a professional with a purpose, as opposed to just an inventor with a potentially good idea,” says Tamara Monosoff, founder and CEO of MomInvented.com, in her Entrepreneur.com article.

Give your invention the best possible chance to work properly or be licensed – make sure you create a prototype.

Prototyping is also an important part of the Davison process. Our objective is to build a product that fits seamlessly into a corporation product line, and building prototypes is what we do every day in our design facility.

Should I Make a Prototype of My Idea?

Inventing Advice, Prototyping

If you’ve already embarked on the journey of pursuing your invention idea, you know the process can be an exciting, but confusing one.

If you haven’t yet started, you may find yourself stuck in either the excited or confused category.

A common question for new inventors is “Should I make a prototype of my idea?”  And, that question is common for a couple of reasons.  Of course, when you come up with a new idea, the first thing you want to do is see it and touch it.  So, the logical thought is to create it, then and there.  Plus, if you don’t have something tangible, you may question whether or not a company will even be interested in your invention idea.  How will they see it the same way that you do?

But, taking your idea from your mind and putting it in your hands can be a difficult and expensive thing to do.  Here are some things to consider:

-          Do you have the time to create a working prototype?

-          What kind of materials will you need to make a prototype?

-          How much will it cost to bring your idea to life in the form of a prototype?

The truth is, when it comes to a new product, a prototype is more appealing than a drawing and companies will often go through many prototypes until they’re happy with the final product.

When we present our clients’ ideas and prototypes to corporations for possible licensing, it’s not always the first one that is accepted.  In fact, it rarely ever is.  If a company shows an interest in one of our clients’ ideas, we may send a product back to design over and over again, to test things like:

-          Are we using the same materials as our target corporation?

-          Is the product cost-effective?

-          Can the product be easily mass-produced?

So, while you ultimately may want to have a prototype to present your idea, at the early stages of submitting your idea to our firm, you are not required to have one ready.  The confidentiality agreements that we provide will allow us to discuss your idea with you and then move forward to designing, engineering, prototyping and beyond.

 

Validating – 29 Ways to Stay Creative

Inventing Advice

think creativeWe all believe a lot of what we read. Whether it’s in a newspaper or online, there’s something appealing about the published word.

The following list of 29 ways to stay creative has been floating around the Internet. And, it is pretty good, but who validates the efficacy of the tips? We do, while adding some of our own ideas with the help of credible sources (They have to be credible, they’re on the Internet).


1.) Make lists: Based on the fact that VH1 still exists, America loves lists. Here’s why.

2.) Carry a notebook everywhere: Garry Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams agrees.

3.) Try free writing: Like your English 101 professor made you do.

4.) Get away from the computer: And your smartphone, and your tablet and text messaging.

5.) Quit beating yourself up

6.) Take breaks: They’re right, according to Science.

7.) Sing in the shower: We don’t know if this makes you more creative, but you sound like it.

8.) Drink coffee: Or just go to a coffee shop and drink water.

9.) Listen to new music: Listen to a genre of music you’ve never heard before.

10.) Be open: This tip seems pretty obvious.

11.) Surround yourself with creative people: It worked in Zurich in 1916.

12.) Get feedback

13.) Don’t give up

14.) Practice, practice, practice: For only 10,000 hours!

15.) Allow yourself to make mistakes

16.) Go somewhere new: OR just take a new route to work.

17.) Count your blessings

18.) Get lots of rest: Or step away from your workspace, and read four pages from a book that brings you delight.

19.) Take risks: Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City suggests a biological explanation for why certain people tend to live life on the edge — it involves the neurotransmitter dopamine, the brain’s feel-good chemical. – Time.com

20.) Break the rules: This tip seems as trite as “thinking outside of the box.” But for the sake of consistency.

21.) Don’t force it

22.) Read a page of the dictionary

23.) Create a framework: But first, find out what a framework is.

24.) Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect: This goes without saying. But Daniel Craig’s approval would be nice.

25.) Got an idea? Write it down: See number 2.

26.) Clean your workspace: Unless you are Al Gore.

27.) Have fun: We definitely have fun.

28.) Finish something: Finishing is tough. Here’s some help.

29.) Collaborate: See number 11.

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