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12 Years of Royalties and Still Counting

Davison News, Inventor Stories

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Husband and wife duo, Ruth and Gary, reached out to Davison 12 years ago for our expertise in preparing and presenting their product to corporations for licensing. Twister Bolts and Twister Caps solved the problem of caps popping off the base of the toilet – a relatable problem for many consumers. Little did they know then that their product would be a huge success and would result in a royalty check every quarter for a dozen years!

Just like with most invention ideas and products, it’s not always an easy path to success. When it came to Ruth and Gary’s Twister Bolts and Twister Caps, it was clear this product wasn’t going to get licensed right away, taking into account that toilet bolts come in different sizes. From a retailer’s perspective, they are always looking for a simple solution for customers that won’t cause confusion in a store aisle or result in customers headed back to the store for returns.

“The problem was how do we get different threads to fit?” said Mr. Davison. “We came up with a better way!” By designing caps and bolts to fit two major sizes – ¼ inch and 5/16 inch – Ruth and Gary’s Twister Bolts were fit for store shelves success.

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With millions of units selling around the nation in big box stores like ACE Hardware, Home Depot and various mom and pop hardware stores still to this day, it’s a big win for Ruth & Gary and for the team at Davison who couldn’t be happier to see a client succeed. It’s all about moving forward and not giving up!

“These people didn’t give up. They worked on the project before they got here and failed. They spent quite a bit of money and failed. They then decided to bring us in and to get back up again and try to fail their way forward with us!” said Mr. Davison.

“Failing your way forward is normal. Keeping yourself positive through the process is sometimes a challenge, but you can’t find success if you’re not willing to get back up and try and try again. From the Davison perspective, what we like about this is we believed in our clients. We believed in our ability to help them. We brought them into our community so they felt a sense of belonging as inventors and together we were able to create something that’s now helping consumers with a problem in their house for over twelve years!” said Mr. Davison.

While the clients can see the fruits of their labor every quarter, we can see their success on store shelves!

Are you ready to pursue your inventing dreams like Ruth and Gary? If so, you can safely submit your invention idea, here!

Copyright Davison, 2016

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

Davison Client Invention Reshapes the Burger

Davison News, Inventor Stories, Product News

Chef Tony Burger Dog Pan Inventor

When clients come to Davison, they come for inventing expertise and guidance backed by over 25 years of experience in helping everyday idea people hopefully bring their inventions to life.

As is with many new inventions, ideas are usually created as a solution to a common problem.

This continued to be true for one Tampa Bay, Florida mother who invented a unique baking pan that brings two all-American classics – hamburgers and hot dogs – together in a way that not only culminated into a new invention, but brings innovation to cooking and recipes.

This isn’t just any inventor story. This is the story of a Davison inventor who found a better way to combine two cookout favorites into one, in a healthier way.

For Davison client, Ingrid, the ingredients in hot dogs were particularly troubling. Though often a crowd favorite, Ingrid wanted to find a better way to make a healthier hot dog alternative.

After having been to many summer cookouts, Ingrid came up with an idea for a pan that would shape ground meat into the form of a hot dog. The pan would drain the grease during the cooking process and the final product would be a healthier alternative to a hot dog that would still preserve the convenient, easy-to-eat shape.

After being licensed to Love Cooking Company under their Chef Tony Notaro line of healthy cooking bakeware, Ingrid got to see and hold her final product in its packaging, with her idea turned invention all the more real.

Chef Tony Burger Dog Pan Inventor

If this isn’t exciting enough, Ingrid and her story were featured in a recent Tampa Bay Times’ article, which outlines the invention’s pending debut on QVC’s In the Kitchen with David and the hopes that Ingrid has for not only this invention, but also the “book full of inventions” that she’s been saving up for, in order to pursue.

Ingrid’s invention is reshaping the way that we make burgers. Now, the question remains, how can your invention potentially reshape and offer a better way to do something?

Start your quest for the answer and submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit. The client has not realized a net profit.


Look Who’s Talking…

Davison News, Inventor Stories

Positive Client Feedback - Davison

When we receive positive feedback from happy clients, we can’t help but share.

It’s for this reason that in today’s blog, we’re sharing with you some responses from clients who have received and reviewed their Pre-Development Portfolios!

Once we receive this feedback, we put it to good use to refine our inventing method and help idea people everywhere potentially see their dreams become a reality.

Without further ado, here are five responses from Davison clients:

  • “Can I say perfect?” ­– Ezra G.
  • “The efficiency of the Portfolio is greatly appreciated. Great work.” ­– Richard A.
  • “It was very informational, just what I needed to have in order to understand everything.” – Angie S.
  • “I love the portfolio. It has [given] me a new [insight] on my product.” – Phillip B.
  • “I am impressed with the information provided and the way it was provided.” – Carolyn E.

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

Copyright Davison, 2016

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

Happy (Almost) Birthday, Henry Ford!

Inventor Stories

Henry Ford Birthday

July 30th was a seemingly ordinary day. That is until Henry Ford, American industrialist and the founder of Ford Motor Company, was born in 1863.

This Saturday marks the birthday of the innovative visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry as we know it and has continued to be a source of inspiration for our very own founder and CEO George Davison.

To honor Henry Ford, we decided to do a little throwback to last year when many of our Davison team members boarded buses and headed to Ford’s hometown.

Davison's trip to Dearborn, Michigan

Early one August morning, our team members, with bags in hand, found a seat on a tour bus and began their journey to Dearborn, Michigan, to visit the Henry Ford Museum as well as Greenfield Village.

While on the trip, many experienced a spin in one of Ford’s famous Model Ts and completely engrossed themselves in the innovation and creativity that was evident in every corner of the museum.

Remember this video of a Model T gliding through the village?

Known for his creativity in the automobile industry, Henry Ford can serve as an inspiration to idea people everywhere. New inventions and innovations are solutions to problems or upgrades to existing products.

In Henry Ford’s time, horse-drawn carriages served as the primary mode of transportation.  That is until he came to the realization that there was a better way to travel. It was with this idea and the overwhelming demand for a new means of transportation that Henry Ford introduced his revolutionary mass-production methods. Along with the introduction of the Model T, Ford also unveiled large production plants and the use of standardized, interchangeable parts. In 1913, the world was introduced to the first moving assembly line for cars and the rest is history.

So, as we celebrate Henry Ford’s birthday this weekend, we wanted to leave you with some food for thought from the innovator himself:

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

Copyright Davison, 2016

Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/henry-ford

Image:

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/08/05/model-t-facts.img.png/1375732275161.jpg

 

Wednesday Wisdom: Client Feedback

Davison News, Inventor Stories

Positive Client Feedback - Davison Design and Development

Mondays are for motivation like Wednesdays are for wisdom!

In today’s Davison blog, we’re getting right to the point and sharing with you some positive feedback that we’ve received from our happy clients!

The road of inventing can be a long one with lots of curves and detours. But, these idea people turned to Davison to help them navigate through their journey.

As part of their road map, we send Pre-Development Portfolios to each of our clients to collect their valuable suggestions, comments and ideas that we can use to improve our services.

We take those sentiments and put them to good use in an effort to provide our clients with an even better inventing method.

Here are three Davison clients who have a lot of great wisdom to share!

  • “Before I came to Davison, I did my homework and these guys really rock.” ­­– DeMarques S.
  • “I have looked through other companies and I am pleased with the support with Davison.” – Sarah K.
  • “It’s very nice to see the process.” – William W.

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

Copyright Davison, 2016

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

 

The Davison Connection to the Color TV

Inventor Stories

Joe Donahue - Color TV inventor

At the end of June, we published a blog post that covered the dawn of color TVs. In this blog, we talked about the very first commercial TV program that was broadcast in color by CBS more than 64 years ago.

Today, we’re sharing our founder’s connection to one of the key inventors of color TV! Davison and inventing go hand-in-hand. After all, our products have sold on more than 1,200 retail store shelves and online.

So, it’s really no surprise that our very own CEO and founder, Mr. George Davison, would somehow have a connection to a man who helped invent the color TV.

“The inventor of the color picture tube is a friend of mine. He and I are in a picture together in my office with a wonderful and impacting letter,” said Mr. Davison.

In this letter, Joe Donahue talks about how George Davison has made great strides in both his career and the Davison Inventing Method.

“The progress you have made and the level of proficiency you have now achieved from that modest start is now beyond imagination. I am not only very impressed but thrilled to witness such a dynamic and constructive organization in action,” said Donahue.

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again; in the inventing world, things change. People are constantly working to find a better way to carry out even the most everyday tasks.

For Donahue, the idea of taking something that already exists and making it better is very familiar. Donahue, the key inventor to the color picture tubes that are found in televisions, has taken notice of our founder’s keen ability to excel in the world of inventing.

Because of this background {talking about his experience as an inventor} I feel particularly qualified to assess the creative and productive capability of your organization. You turn out advances and inventions at a prodigious rate that is probably unmatched anywhere in the world,” said Donahue.

The Davison Inventing Method has helped many people turn their inventing dreams into a reality and it’s because of this process that we feel a great sense of pride.

After all, there’s nothing quite like seeing the Davison “D” on store shelves across the country.

“Not only do you create your own advances but you are flexible enough to help other inventors through the many precarious steps of turning their idea into a reality. Many inventors are not capable of, nor realize the importance of the steps of, patent search, patent filing, designing a product that satisfies a need and that is readily manufactured in a cost effective manner, designing functional packaging, producing realistic prototypes of the product and the packaging, and presenting the product to the key people in commercial world. Your organization is well versed in all of these areas and they provide a very worthwhile service,” he noted.

So, the next time you turn your television, you can thank Joe Donahue for the ability to watch your favorite show in color!

Copyright Davison, 2016

Davison has not provided services to Mr. Donahue and he has not been paid for his endorsement.

 

Hollywood Celebrities Innovate with Davison

Davison News, Inventor Stories, Product News

At Davison, we take pride in helping many aspiring inventors fine-tune their invention ideas and turn them into new products. As we bring ideas through our product development process, our dedicated team and clients both hope for product success.

With the help of our licensing department, Davison has moved new products into more than 1,200 retail and online stores! In terms of “product success,” we’d say this is a pretty big deal for those clients who’ve had the opportunity to see and touch their products on store shelves!

Clients came to Davison for inventing expertise and innovation. Stores have found Davison products to be innovative enough for the shelves. And lately, that innovation has driven celebrities to stamp their approval on Davison client products!

Diana’s Chilly Mat

Diana couldn’t stand to see her precious pets panting from the heat. Through our product development process, Davison was able to bring designs for Diana’s “Chilly Mat” to life and to store shelves! After selling in stores like Home Depot, Wayfair and HugsPetProducts.com, the Chilly Mat made its way into the hands and packaging of pet-lover Paula Deen!

Diana Chilly Mat - Davison

Jennifer’s Hanger Pockets

Jennifer came to Davison with her idea for Hanger Pockets as a convenient way to organize and pair accessories with their matching outfits! Though she loved the original product design and packaging, when she found out it was being licensed and repackaged under her cooking and baking mentor Paula Deen’s Everyday collection for Jokari/US, Inc., she was thrilled!

Jennifer's Hanger Pockets - Davison

Jean’s Meatball Baker

If there’s one well known QVC chef that knows how to cook healthier, it’s Chef Tony Notaro! So, how perfect would it be that Davison client Jean’s Meatball Baker that elevates meatballs out of their own grease when baking would stir up an idea for yet another new product? The Bacon Baker became part of Love Cooking Company’s Chef Tony line of healthy bakeware.

Jean the Meatball Queen - DavisonChef Tony - Davison

Justin’s Dessert Diva

Davison client Justin had an idea for a better way to carry and serve tasty treats and desserts. While his original product was licensed to Love Cooking Company, who would have thought that an entire line of new carry and serve options would later be derived from Justin’s original product! Just check out Love Cooking Company’s new Decadent Delights collection by leading wedding and entertaining expert David Tutera!

David Tutera - Davison

Congratulations to these and other clients who’ve gotten to see their product reach “celebrity status!” Do you need help with your idea? Confidentially submit your invention idea today!

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

Copyright Davison, 2016

 

Charles Goodyear’s Big Invention

Innovative Inventions, Inventor Stories

Charles Goodyear - Vulcanized Rubber Patent

Did you know that on this day in 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanized rubber?

His last name might ring a bell and if you were thinking, “Could this be the man behind Goodyear Tires?” you would be correct!

Charles Goodyear was an American inventor who discovered the innovative process of vulcanized rubber.

His story begins in 1834 when he began to experiment with natural rubber. Five years later in 1839 by way of an accident, he discovered the process of vulcanization.

Let’s pause for a quick science lesson.

Vulcanization is essentially a chemical process that’s used to convert natural rubber or related polymers into more durable materials through the addition of sulfur and other accelerators or curatives.

OK – Back to the story.

So, after making this discovery, Goodyear realized that he was on to something! It was at this moment that he became determined and laser-focused on finding a better way to make rubber more stable.

Along his journey, Goodyear lived a very meager life. He didn’t have much to his name and lived for years off of the money that he received from investors.

Despite his financial woes, Goodyear continued on with his unwavering inventing spirit and, as we mentioned before, given the fact that the rubber industry in America was starting to plummet, he discovered that through vulcanization he could make rubber melt-proof and reliable.

Ten years after his journey started, Goodyear received a patent for his process, licensed it to manufacturers and made history.

Charles Goodyear Patent Image

Charles Goodyear’s story is a great example of how strong and resilient the inventing spirit can be. Though curveballs were thrown at him along the way, Goodyear kept his head down and feverishly worked to make his dreams a reality.

Are you going to take a page out of Charles Goodyear’s book? Submit your invention idea, today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanization

http://www.biography.com/people/charles-goodyear-9315611#synopsis

http://www.american-inventor.com/charles-goodyear.aspx

Images:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Goodyear-Charles-LOC-closeup.jpg

 

National Inventors Month: Client Spotlight

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Davison - Positive Client Feedback

May is National Inventors Month and in the spirit of this month-long celebration, we’ve already covered the likes of some of the most famous inventors in history and the original piano man, Bartolomeo Cristofori!

Today, we’re bringing this blog closer to home and putting the spotlight on our Davison clients, who are taking the first steps in making their inventing dreams a reality!

As a company that’s committed to helping idea people from far and wide with their invention ideas, we always put a lot of stock in what are clients are saying, so that we can give the best service in return.

To make sure that we are helping these idea people and providing them with a Better Way to invent, we send out surveys, so that real clients can give us real, valuable feedback. From there, we use their suggestions, comments and ideas and infuse them into our work to provide an even better inventing method.

That said, here’s some of the positive feedback that we’ve gathered from happy clients that have received our Pre-Development Portfolios:

“Davison is a very helpful company to develop my idea.” -Donald H.

“Love this company.” – Joshua F.

“Well done and keep the good work going…”- Ahmed L.

“Wonderful job so far.” –Kenney C.

“I think Dan is the best. He was so patient with me and worked very hard to keep me on track.” – Linda S.

“I am very pleased with Davison’s performance thus far…” – Paul Z.

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

Copyright Davison, 2016

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

 

This Inventor is the Original ‘Piano Man’

Innovation, Inventions, Inventor Stories

Bartolomeo_Cristofori_Google_Doodle

May is National Inventors Month! This month-long celebration promotes the inventors whose ideas have served as real contributions in the world.

When you think about inventors, names like George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham Bell might come to mind.

But in today’s blog, in honor of this inventors 361st birthday, we’re paying tribute to Bartolomeo Cristofori, just like Google did last year with Cristofori’s very own Google doodle.

Does his name strike a chord with you? If it doesn’t, you’ll want to listen to his story!

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Though Cristofori likely isn’t a household name or a name that immediately pops into your head when you think of famous inventors, you’d be surprised to know that his invention is much more popular than you think.

As an Italian musical instrument maker, Cristofori has been credited with the invention of the pianoforte, or as we now know it, the piano.

Yes, Cristofori invented the piano – you know, the instrument that plays some of the most beautiful music, has helped create some of the most famous music pieces and has aided some of the world’s best musicians? Yes, we’re talking about that piano!

Cristofori’s invention idea started when he created a hammer mechanism that struck the strings on a keyboard to make a sound. Depending on how hard or lightly the hammer struck the key, the sound would either be louder or softer.

The ability to change the volume of the tones was a major breakthrough for the music world.

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Before Cristofori invented the piano, he worked as a harpsichord maker. If you’re unfamiliar with the harpsichord, the idea of changing the loudness of the tones is very foreign for this instrument. So, Cristofori set out find a better way to make music.

How did he do so? As we mentioned before, his invention was comprised of a hammer that struck the strings to make either soft or loud sounds, depending on the amount of pressure placed on the key by the musician. He removed the plucking mechanism that’s commonly found on a harpsichord and replaced it with a hammer – thus laying the foundation for the piano!

The origin of the piano dates back to around 1709 and about four of his pianos existed by 1711.

But, like most inventions, the first iteration isn’t the last. In fact, it took Cristofori 25 years to improve his piano to the piano that we’re most familiar with. The frames for his piano were made of wood in the style of a harpsichord. Though his invention wasn’t accepted by his home country of Italy, it was the Germans who marketed and made the instrument popular.

If it wasn’t for Cristofori’s idea and his ability to think outside of the harpsichord, we can’t help but wonder where would the likes of Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach, to name a few, be?

You see, there’s no idea too small or large. Who knows, maybe one day your invention idea will change the world like Cristofori’s idea did!

Copyright Davison, 2016

Sources:

https://www.google.com/doodles/bartolomeo-cristoforis-360th-birthday

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Bartolomeo-Cristofori

Media:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/Bartolomeo_Cristofori.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Cristofori1690OvalSpinet.jpg

http://www.google.com/doodles/bartolomeo-cristoforis-360th-birthday

 

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