Three Ways Davison Works to Get Inventions Licensed

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Since 1989, Davison® has helped idea people turn their ideas into new products using our nine-step method that has proven to be A better way to invent®. For over twenty-five years, people have trusted our team of professionals to work through their ideas and hopefully get them to a stage where new inventions and innovations can be presented to corporations, manufacturers and retailers for possible licensing.

It’s not an easy process, but it’s a rollercoaster that many find to be worth the ride!  Let’s see how the Davison licensing department does it.

According to Licensing’s Bob and Matt, it’s all about staying true to our inventing method. How can we match our clients’ ideas with the right companies’ product lines and turn them into products that are ready to license? This question is only answered with a whole lot of work, research and relationship-building! Here’s a snapshot of just a few things our licensing team thinks about and works towards on a daily basis:

Get in tune with the company

It all starts with finding out more about a company’s mission, manufacturing style, product lines and their competition.

“We want to know where their focus is, so we can drive more products to best suit their needs,” said Bob and Matt. “They need to know who they’re up against – and so do we!”

 Learn the areas of attack

“We want to know what areas they want to attack. Then, we can focus on the client ideas that fit those categories so we can make an impact to the company as quickly as possible in their space,” said this Davison licensing duo. It’s all about knowing what a company does and does not want to see.

Find out the best ways to integrate

Having knowledge and background on a potential licensing partner only takes us so far. Then, it’s time to figure out the best ways to integrate client ideas into these companies’ lines.

“We want to know their business so we can develop ideas into product samples that integrate into their organization,” said Davison CEO and founder Mr. George Davison. “The Davison way to invent is all about integration!”

Are you ready to move forward with your idea with the help of Davison and our licensing department? Confidentially submit your idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

The typical Davison client project is not licensed, sold in stores or profitable.

Inventors’ Dreams Come True at The Container Store

Davison News, Featured Invention, Inventing Advice, Inventor Stories, Product News


“Fail your way forward.” This may be some of the greatest advice Davison founder and CEO Mr. George Davison has for any inventor. This advice is something he has learned and followed himself during his almost thirty years of inventing.

preview-party-inviteFlash back to 1987. “In 1987, I could only dream to be in dialogue with the manufacturer and the retailer all at the same time!” said Mr. Davison, who was determined to do just that – fail his way forward, develop a better way to invent, and establish the right relationships to get products to store shelves.

Fast forward to present day when just last week, Mr. Davison joined our friends from Inventionland and Jokari/US, Inc. at The Container Store’s new Pittsburgh location for an exclusive, invite-only preview party held before the actual grand opening of the store!

“There I was with Jokari and buyers from The Container Store, walking the floor!” said Mr. Davison realizing this unique opportunity that only presents itself after building years of industry relationships.

It’s these industry relationships and insider knowledge that bring value to the services provided by Davison to clients every day so that – just like Mr. Davison – our clients, too, have a better chance at finding success on their inventing journeys.

At The Container Store preview, there was much excitement after seeing client Jennifer’s Hanger Pockets on store shelves in The Container Store’s own private label packaging!



It’s another solid story of success for client Jennifer who, you may recall, earlier this year had her invention packaged under Jokari’s Paula Deen Everyday Collection!


Here’s to great inventors having their dreams come true at The Container Store!

Copyright Davison, 2016

The typical project is not licensed, sold in stores or profitable.

Start your Journey with the Decision to Try

Innovation, Inventing Advice

Start your inventing journey with the decision to try.

Every day, we are faced with a multitude of decisions. From the simplest, like what shoes you’ll wear that day, to the more difficult decisions, like deciding if today is the day that you’ll take the steps to chase after your dreams. As the clock ticks on, we are constantly uncovering answers to questions.

Deciding if you want to pursue your dreams isn’t an easy decision to make. There are a myriad of emotions that come rushing through, like uncertainty and anxiousness in not knowing what to expect when making this type of decision.

Though this can seem overwhelming and perhaps make you hesitant to take a chance, one thing that may be more plaguing is the feeling of regret – the regret of not knowing whether or not you could have succeeded.

Though failure could be the outcome, we’ve been taught time and time again that failure is a learning experience and our very own founder and CEO George Davison can attest to the notion of failing your way forward.

So, when idea people make the decision to pursue their dreams and choose Davison to join them on their journey, it’s always motivating to receive their feedback once they’ve reviewed their Pre-Development Portfolios.

We value client feedback because it gives a well-rounded understanding of how we can improve our inventing method in order to help idea people everywhere potentially make their dreams a reality.

Here are just a few examples of the recent feedback we’ve received from our clients:

“I was blown out of the water by it.”Tommie T.

“Truly amazed at all the research and how well thought out the Portfolio is…Thank you.”Zina S.

“I would not know how to move forward without it.”Daisy P.

“It was easy to understand and answered my questions on the process.”Michael P.

If you’re ready to make your inventing dream a reality, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

Happy National Inventors’ Day!

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Inventors' Day - Davison Invention

At Davison, we treat every day like it’s National Inventors’ Day! Keep reading to learn more about this celebration!

This isn’t your average day. Why? Because it’s National Inventors’ Day – a day that’s reserved to recognizing the great contributions of our nation’s inventors, both past and present!

But, beyond a day to celebrate these idea people, February 11 is also Thomas Edison’s birthday. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan reserved this day to honor Edison’s birthday in “recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and world.”

If you want to recognize National Inventors’ Day, we’ve outlined three simple ways to celebrate!

Keep tinkering

Inventions don’t come to fruition overnight. It takes trial and error and with those mishaps and redos comes the need for patience! Keep trying, keep researching and working hard and never give up! If you give up now, you’ll never know how close you were to making your dreams a reality! Who knows, you could be the mind behind the world’s next great invention!

Keep thinking

Ideas are always swirling around our heads. That’s why it’s up to us to listen to our thoughts and capture those ideas from our mind and put them onto paper. Whether it’s a napkin, a piece of scratch paper or even written in the palm of your hand, if you have an idea, don’t let it pass! Keep track of your ideas and nurture them with your thoughts and actions. An invention idea takes time and is much like a flower; give it some TLC and it could flourish into something beautiful!

Keep searching

Inventions are created as a solution to problems. Keep this in mind when you’re trying to develop your invention idea. Ask yourself:

  • Are there more people out there who are struggling with this same problem?
  • Can this idea help others?
  • How will this idea help people?

If you have an idea for an invention, never give up on it. Take your time and treat your journey like a staircase and move step-by-step. Some days you can go up the staircase and others you might have to go backwards. No matter what the case, keep searching for the idea that inspires you and that will help others in the long run. Investigate every idea you have, no matter how big or how small it may be!

If you have an invention idea, submit yours, today!

Copyright Davison, 2016


These Famous Idea People Failed Their Way Forward

Inventing Advice, Inventor Stories, Patents


In Monday’s blog, we introduced the idea of failing your way forward. We showed you how failure isn’t the end. In fact, failure is just the beginning.

After sharing our founder and CEO George Davison’s story of failing forward, we were intrigued and did some investigating of our own to uncover other prominent inventors and idea people’s stories of failure that turned into success.

Without further ado, we’d like to share with you four famous idea people who failed their way forward!

Sir James Dyson

Sir James Dyson - Fail Forward

“Enjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success.”

Vacuuming your home wouldn’t be the same if Sir James Dyson gave up on himself and his idea after countless failed attempts. By countless, we mean 5,126 failed prototypes, in addition to completely wiping out his savings over the course of 15 years. Little did Sir Dyson know that lucky number 5,127 would be the patent that turned his idea into reality! Now, Dyson is the best-selling bagless vacuum brand in America. It’s a story such as this that shows how failing forward, no matter how many times, can sometimes lead to major success!

Bill Gates

Bill Gates - Fail Forward

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

It might be hard to believe, but the co-founder of Microsoft endured his own setbacks. In fact, in high school, Gates along with fellow Microsoft co-found Paul Allen created Traf-O-Data. Though they were paid for their efforts, the business ultimately failed. After high school, Gates went on to attend Harvard but eventually dropped out! Though some would consider dropping out of Harvard as a failure, Gates saw it as an opportunity to pursue programming. In the end, Gates used both of these events in his life to propel himself forward and to create what we now know as Microsoft.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison - Fail Forward

“I failed my way to success.”

What would you do if you were told that you’re “too stupid to learn anything?” For some, that would cripple any attempts at chasing after their dreams, but for Edison, when his teachers told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything” he used their words as motivation to fail forward. Even after being fired from not one, but two jobs, Edison still pushed forward to chase after his dreams. If he had succumbed to these roadblocks in his life, we wouldn’t have the inventions that changed the course of our lives as we know them, including the practical electrical lamp, the phonograph and, of course, the movie camera. Naysayers couldn’t deter Edison; rather they propelled him to fail forward and ultimately have more than 1,000 patents credited to his name!

John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird - Fail Forward

Finally, in case you missed it, yesterday marked the 90-year celebration of John Logie Baird’s television invention! His mechanical television, also known as “the televisor,” was much like a radio. The difference was that his invention included a rotating mechanism that generated video to accompany the sound. Though his invention preceded the modern television, when he publicly demonstrated his invention in 1926 in Soho in front of members from the Royal Institution and a Journalist from the times, his idea wasn’t warmly accepted. In fact, the journalist didn’t see a future for this invention. But, that wasn’t the worst of it. Baird approached the Daily Express newspaper with his invention and they actually kicked him out. Talk about a failed attempt. But Baird didn’t let that failure deter him; he instead used it to fail forward and in 1927 he transmitted content a whopping 438 miles through a telephone line between London and Glasnow.

As you can see, even the most famous idea people have endured their fair share of failure along the way. However, it’s how they handled these obstacles that ultimately led them to their profound success.

Rather than letting failure define them, these idea people failed forward. Look how amazing their ideas turned out!

If you’re ready to chase after your inventing dreams with the Davison Inventing Method, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016




Fail your Way Forward

Inventing Advice


Fail Your Way Forward - Davison Inventing

The idea of “Fail your way forward” hits close to home here at Davison, but in a good way. Keep reading to learn more.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Fail your way forward.” It may sound counterproductive, because failure often carries a negative connotation. In reality, failure doesn’t mean the end; failure means the beginning of something new.

Just take our founder and CEO George Davison’s story, for example.

It all began in 1986 when Davison, like many people, had an idea for a product. His product was one that would prevent toothbrush germs from spreading and getting everyone in his family sick.

After two years of hard work and spending nearly every dime to his name to bring his idea to life, a major corporation beat him to the market with his idea.

Fail Your Way Forward - Davison Inventing Method

This is a moment that could have stifled anyone’s dreams. And though this is what some would characterize as a failure, for Mr. Davison, he used this as ammunition to “fail forward.” How? Because it got Mr. Davison thinking, “Why didn’t other idea people have access to a similar process; an affordable idea-to-product method like the one major corporations used?”

For Mr. Davison, he saw a need and since necessity is the mother of all invention, he needed everything under one roof to invent his products in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.

He knew there was a better way to compete; after all, inventions are made because they provide solutions to problems.

From this idea, a new method that would benefit future generations of idea people was born. This idea didn’t develop overnight; it took years of experimentation to figure out the best means to affordably transform ideas into products.

On his journey, Mr. Davison experienced his fair share of failures and successes that led him to the best approach. Over time, he found a method that worked.

After two decades of hard work, Mr. Davison developed an invention method that would forever change how product ideas became actual products. It’s this method that dubbed Mr. Davison as a “Creative Genius” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

“We’ve invented the world’s most affordable way to invent and at one time, we didn’t know if we could do that. Just like all other inventions, you have to hope that you can invent it. You have to hope that you can make it affordable. You have to hope that you can tell the story about what it is – and that gets you right back to [some of the] basic pieces of inventing,” said Mr. Davison.

Mr. Davison has shared his inventing method with us and he wants to share another piece of invaluable advice with fellow idea people:

“If you’re going to be an inventor and you have an idea that you want to get out there to the world, I would stress to you to think very carefully about your chances, as a first-time of doing everything right is pretty hard. By the way, that was me many years ago. Before I started this company, I was in my early twenties and naïve; I thought I could and unfortunately I failed miserably… It took me many years to develop a skillset and to be able to build systems, so that we could actually invent affordably and achieve the outcome we were looking for.”

If you’re ready to chase after your inventing dreams with the Davison Inventing Method, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

The typical Davison client project does not result in a license, sales in stores or profit to the inventor.

Let’s Get Motivated: Happy Clients

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It’s a brand-new week, which brings along with it a clean slate to chase after your dreams. In the spirit of Motivation Monday, we want to share with you some feedback that we’ve received from our happy clients who Dared to Invent!

If it weren’t for our clients chasing their dreams, we wouldn’t be able to chase our dreams of helping idea people turn their inventions into products!

Let’s jump right in – Here’s some positive feedback that we’ve received from happy clients!

Client Feedback - Davison Inventing

“I’m excited! Let’s get this idea out for the world to consume, enjoy and come to love!”


Client Feedback - Davison Inventing

“With your help we can make this dream come true.”


Client Feedback - Davison Inventing

“Would not have pursued my invention if it had not been for the excellent service from Davison.”

If you’re ready to chase after your inventing dreams, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016



How to Make Your Dreams Come True in Three Easy Steps

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Make Your Dreams Come True Day - Davison

Today is Make Your Dreams Come True Day!

We’ve all dreamed about a life where we’re living out our passion. In this life, we set goals for ourselves and work hard to achieve and exceed them, all the while enjoying the ride.

Life is an adventure and our dreams are the compass that leads us down a certain path. Dreams motivate us and encourage us to sometimes take the road less traveled.

In celebration of Make Your Dreams Come True Day, we wanted to help you make your dreams come true with the help of these three easy steps:

Get started

If you continue to dream about what could be, they’ll stay just that – dreams. The first step in making your dreams a reality is to get started. You don’t have to jump feet-first into action, rather, take your time and do your research. Test the waters and see where the stream takes you.

Get inspired

Inspiration leads us to do things that we’ve always dreamed of, but never had the courage to do. Take the time to talk with someone who inspires you. Tell them about your dreams and aspirations and exchange ideas on how you can turn those dreams into a reality. Sometimes, it helps to bounce ideas off of another person in order to really see where your vision can take you.

Get working

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” In order for your dreams to become a reality, you have to work at them. One way to do so is to write them down. This exercise moves your dream from your imagination and onto paper to validate and make your aspirations concrete. Once you’ve seen your dream in front of you, it’s time to plan and brainstorm the course of action you’ll take to make it a reality. Create projects, set deadlines and treat your dream chasing like a job!

Though these three tips can’t guarantee that your dreams will become a reality, they can help put you on the right path toward your goal.

If you’re ready to chase after your invention dream – you can submit your idea, today!

Copyright Davison, 2016


How to be a Smart Risk Taker

Innovation, Inventing Advice


Moving forward with your invention idea can be scary. Why? Because it’s a big risk and the future is uncertain.

Commonly, things that fall outside the bounds of our comfort zone scare us; they make us second guess ourselves or make us believe that our idea will never work.

Today, we’re going to offer you some tools to combat that sort of thinking and realize as the popular saying goes, “Life begins outside of your comfort zone.”

Is it worth it?

When deciding on whether or not to take a risk, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself some questions and really delve into the roots of the idea. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Is this risk worth fighting for?
  • Does your idea stir emotion?
  • Could it help others? Inspire action?

If you can answer “Yes” to these questions without hesitating, then it’s at this point that you really ask yourself, “Am I ready to take this risk?”

Be smart about it

Risks come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s taking a risk at lunch and opting for the taco bar instead of your go-to turkey club or deciding on whether or not to go skydiving, risks can be big or small and that’s why it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons. So, if you’ve wanted to move forward with something, but you think it’s too big of a risk, take time to write down the pros and cons of the idea. By doing so, you’ll be able to look at the list of positives and negatives to see the big picture of your idea.

Think quick

Sometimes when it comes to risk taking, you only have a split second to make a decision. It’s in these times that you’ll have to both act fast and learn fast. In quick-decision situations, it’s best to have your wits about you, be in tune with your gut feeling, and process the details at hand, so that you can figure out where to start. Every day is a new opportunity to learn. When taking risks, be logical and realize that failure is a part of life. However, how you deal with failure is a choice. You can either let it define you or let it help mold you. As Thomas Edison once said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

You’ll never know if you don’t try

Risks are just that – they’re risky. There are no guarantees that when you take a risk, the outcome will be in your favor. Though you can’t go into a risk knowing that you’ll be rewarded, in the end, you can approach a risk with the mindset that you’re going to learn something new either way. On the contrary, there are risks that can be taken where the outcome is fairly obvious and might not be in your favor. It’s up to you to trust your gut and, like we mentioned in the last tip, weigh your pros and cons and be smart about your risk taking. So, the next time you’re faced with a risk – consider these tips and make your decision!

If you’re ready to take the plunge – you can submit your invention idea, today!

Copyright Davison, 2016


3 Excuses to Avoid This Year

Innovation, Inventing Advice


3 Excuses to Avoid

New Year’s resolutions are in full swing and as we work hard to keep chasing after our personal goals, it’s only natural that as human beings we have the tendency to make excuses when the going gets tough.  As a result, we’ll convince ourselves that the journey will be too long and too difficult and we give up before we even start.

Rather than focusing on the negative this year, let’s continue to focus on the positive.

Today, we want to share with you three common excuses, so that you can recognize them and work around them to continue following your idea!

“I don’t know where to begin.”

You have an idea, but at this point in time that’s all you have. You don’t know where to go next or how to move forward with your invention. You know that you’ll likely need a prototype if you ever want your idea to get off the ground. This is where the Davison Inventing Method could potentially help. We work to help idea people just like you with your invention.  You can begin the process by safely submitting your invention idea, here!

“I lack experience.”

Everyone has to start somewhere. Thomas Edison wouldn’t have said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work” had he known exactly what to do and how to do it the first time.

Knowledge comes from experience. The more you try, the more you learn; and, the more you learn, the more you can do to make your dreams come true.

At Davison, we can’t guarantee that an invention will be licensed by a corporation, but we do believe that if you’re going to pursue a new product idea, you should do it with experience behind you. We’re here to help.

“My time is limited.”

Pursuing your idea is a big commitment. It takes a lot of time to see your idea through from ideation to completion.  However, don’t let the big picture scare you. Invention ideas and concepts may change over time in order to evolve, improve, and provide solutions to problems. In any situation, change may delay the process, but remember that not all change is bad. It’s often worth the time and effort to get your idea just right. At Davison, we’re here to help you through the process in seeing your idea through.

These are just three common excuses that idea people from far and wide are faced with each day. Now that you recognize them, make 2016 the year that you move past those excuses and continue down the path toward turning your inventing dream into a reality!

Copyright Davison, 2016



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