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When is the Right Time to Get a Patent?

Patents

Patents and inventions go hand-in-hand. A patent is a crucial piece to the invention puzzle, because it protects your idea by granting you the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States.

When a company considers an idea for a new product, it may be advised, “The first thing you need to do is file for your patent as quickly as possible.”  Particularly now that the US is a “First-Inventor-to File” system, some patent service providers have made much of the idea of filing immediately.  However, rushing to file an application before your idea is properly developed and researched can lead to wasted money, a false sense of security and dashed hopes.  Some basic facts about patents:

1.      Not all “ideas” are patentable.  Abstract ideas, laws of nature, non-novel ideas, and obvious adaptations are just a few of the types of “ideas” that are simply not patentable.

2.      Ideas that are not machines, compositions, a process, or a product (article of manufacture) are not the types of ideas that a utility patent addresses.

3.      If you have not developed the idea to the extent that you are able to describe in sufficiently precise detail how the idea would work, or if you are not sure if it would work, then you do not yet have a patentable idea.

In short, yes, filing as soon as it is practical is important, but understanding when it is practical can avoid unnecessary cost and frustration.

Copyright Davison  2014

Sources:

http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/patents.jsp

 

Davison Trio Co-chairs Pittsburgh CLO Guild’s Memorable Night

Davison News

When Pittsburgh came together in celebration of the arts for the 59th annual CLO Guild Ball on Saturday, June 7th, it was none other than our CEO and founder, George Davison, his mother, Moira, and his daughter, Morgan, who led the epic night!

The three generations of Davison co-chairs hosted the magical evening, “A Night to Remember,” welcoming nearly 350 guests to the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

The musical night included dinner, dancing, raffles and a silent auction, all in support of the Pittsburgh CLO Guild’s community outreach programs, which include performing arts college scholarships, internship programs, youth and senior ticket programs, musical theater training programs for adults and children with disabilities and other community arts programs.

Longtime CLO Guild supporters Judge Robert and the late Violet Gallo also were honored during the evening with the CLOE Award and a video tribute.

Special thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the 59th annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball in support of the arts!

Read more about the exciting evening in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette or on Triblive.com and see more photos from “A Night to Remember” in Whirl Magazine!

Copyright Davison 2014

Jade No-Burn Cookware Leaves HOT Impression on QVC!

Davison News, Product News

Were you “In the Kitchen with David” on Sunday, March 30? QVC’s popular kitchen show featured the Jade No-Burn Pan that was designed at Inventionland for the Love Cooking Company and the revolutionary new cooking product did not disappoint!

QVC host David Venable, along with Culinary Professional and Jade No-Burn Pan spokesman Chef Tony Notaro showcased the many capabilities of the seven-in-one pan.

At one point in the piece, Chef Tony referred to the pan’s kitchen capabilities saying, “It’s absolutely mind-blowing!”

To prove just how much the Jade No-Burn Pan can do, the dynamic kitchen duo demonstrated several dishes, including everything from grilled chicken and sausage to sauteed rice and macaroni and cheese.

After only seven minutes on the air, Venable let viewers know that 1,000 pans had already been purchased and that the phone lines continued to ring off the hook!

Speaking of phones ringing, Chef Tony gave an awesome everyday example of just why the Jade No-Burn Pan can benefit anyone who cooks with it.

“If you get a phone call or the kids call you and you get distracted, you don’t have to worry about the food burning,” said Chef Tony.

Sound unbelievable? Chef Tony thought so, too… until he cooked with the pan.

“When they first told me about this pan… I didn’t believe it, till I cooked with it. Now, I’m sold,” said Chef Tony.

While the secret is not in the sauce, it  IS inside of the pan! Part of Sunday’s demonstration included showing off the revolutionary jade technology that allows the pan to heat up to medium heat and maintain that temperature, making it impossible to burn your food.

“It is an amazing little piece of technology…,” said Venable. “It regulates the perfect medium heat.”

The Jade No-Burn Pan is now available in black, platinum, copper and red varieties. Venable suggested that there may be even more options for the pan in the future.

“This is just the first of more to come, if you guys tell us you like it,” said Venable.

That sounds “D-lightful!” Stay tuned for more news and reviews of Love Cooking Company’s Jade No-Burn Pan that we designed at Inventionland!

For now, check out the Jade No-Burn Pan on QVC!

Copyright Davison 2014

This product was developed at Inventionland for a corporate client.

QVC’s Sunday Line-Up to Include World’s First, and Inventionland’s Own, No-Burn Pan!

Davison News

For the third month in a row, the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer is scheduled to feature a product that was designed at Inventionland!

This time, it’s the Jade No-Burn Pan. It’s a 7-in-1 pan with revolutionary technology to prevent food from burning.

If you think there’s no way it can be done, tune in to QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” this Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to see Culinary Professional Chef Tony prove it!

You see, with the Jade No-Burn Pan, we’re talking about cooking up more than just your standard scrambled eggs or grilled cheese sandwich. According to the product’s packaging, which was also designed at Inventionland, the Jade No-Burn Pan allows users to slow cook, make sauce, deep fry, sear, stove-top bake, sauté or stew food without burning it.

That’s seven incredible features in just one pan!

If you want to see the Jade No-Burn Pan in action, don’t forget to tune in to QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.!

Copyright Davison 2014

This product was developed at Inventionland for a corporate client.

Davison Was Recently on the Road at Trade Shows

Davison News

Within the past few weeks, we have been busy showing off our Davison-designed products at trade shows in both Orlando, FL and Chicago, IL!

Without a doubt, March has been been extremely busy. Whether we were at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL or the 2014 International Home + Housewares in Chicago, IL, one thing is for sure, we are “D-lighted” with how our Davison-designed products showed at both shows!

From March 12-14 at the 2014 Global Pet Expo, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL was filled with pet-tastic activity. We are happy to say that several products that were developed at our creative design facility, Inventionland, were showcased at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show.

Some of the big-name retailers at the 2014 Global Pet Expo included Bed Bath & Beyond, Purina, PetSmart, Sam’s Club, Christmas Tree Shops, Tractor Supply Company, LTD Commodities and Petland.

Additionally, we are extremely proud of the way our products performed showed at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, IL. While at the trade show, some products that were designed at Inventionland knocked it out of the park with their nominations for International Housewares Association Innovation Awards!

Many Davison products that were designed at Inventionland were featured at the trade show and we have a feeling that some exciting product news may be in our near future!

All in all, this is shaping up to be a busy year and we couldn’t be more excited!

Copyright Davison 2014

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.

No Split Decision: The Half N Half Cupcake Pan on QVC was a Huge Success!

Product News

With the recent success of the Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pan on QVC, news of Davison-designed products making a big splash on the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer seems like everyday news here. So, when we announced last week that the Mrs. Fields Half N Half Cupcake Pan also was slated to appear on QVC, it may not have come as a huge surprise.

Today, we’re excited to share that the Half N Half Cake Pan, which was licensed by Love Cooking Company, not only appeared on QVC’s “Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn” last Wednesday, but it has also received rave reviews from viewers who purchased the innovative bakeware!

If you missed the show, you can see long-time QVC kitchen product specialist Marie Louise Ludwig showcasing the Half N Half Cupcake Pan here:

Ludwig introduces the Half N Half Cupcake Pan as a “fun twist on an old favorite,” showing off adorable Easter chick cupcakes, pink and blue cupcakes that are perfect for a baby’s gender-reveal party and a scrumptious peanut butter cookie and brownie combination cupcake.

Obviously captivated by true inventor spirit, Ludwig says, “The sky’s the limit as far as creativity is concerned!”

We couldn’t agree more and neither could a couple customers, who instantly ranked the Half N Half Cupcake Pan with five out of five stars.

One user, whose review calls the pan “genius and time saving,” also said, “I got excited when I saw this so I told myself I gotta have it. It’ll make my baking fun, faster and easier. Genius!”

Another user, who called the pan “cupcake fun for everyone,” said “It takes a little patience to make things turn out perfectly, but I have given this set as a gift on a few occasions, and my friends and family love it as much as I do. Happy baking…”

Both reviewers also said that the Half N Half Cupcake Pan is the perfect gift for families, so if you haven’t picked your up yet, grab one for yourself and a family member or friend!

Congratulations to our client, Richard, and everyone who has worked on making the Half N Half Cupcake Pan such a success!

Copyright Davison 2014

QVC Sells Out of Davison’s Miracle Loaf in Mere Minutes!

Product News

What happens when you take 5,500 available Davison-designed Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pans and showcase them on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David,” showing off irresistible options like turkey cheese broccoli meatloaf, pizza meatloaf, Greek-stuffed chicken meatloaf and manicotti-stuffed meatloaf?

The Davison-designed Miracle Loaf sells out in less than 10 minutes!

That’s right, our client-inspired Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pan that was licensed by the Love Cooking Company appeared on QVC last Wednesday night and SOLD OUT of 5,500 units in less than 10 minutes!

Culinary Professional Chef Tony brought so much life and love to the pan by showcasing several of his own amazing recipes, which came included with each purchase. QVC customers who acted quickly were also able to customize their Miracle Loaf by selecting red, black or blue cavity and seal presses to accompany their gunmetal pan and drip tray.

Further showcasing the miracle-working power of the Davison-designed baking product, Chef Tony highlighted the drip tray in action, draining greases, fats and oils from his delightful Miracle Loaf creations on the air!

Now, we can’t say that “In the Kitchen with David” host David Venable did not warn consumers to hurry and take action on the Miracle Loaf. Not even seven minutes into the delicious presentation, he said, “We’ve already taken orders for well over 3,000 of these!” Venable also let customers know that over 2,000 others currently were “jammed on the phone lines.”

The Davison-designed Miracle Loaf sold out so fast that Venable had to abruptly end the segment with one last sentiment about the pan.

Simply, “Mmm!”

Now, you can order your very own Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pan by signing up for QVC’s waitlist! Check out the Miracle Loaf’s all-star appearance on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” below:

Congratulations to our client, Love Cooking Company and everyone else who had a hand in making the incredibly innovative Miracle Loaf pan a reality!

Copyright Davison 2014

The client has not made a net profit on this product.  A typical client project is not licensed, sold in stores or profitable.

Davison Products Have Sold in 1,200 Stores!

Davison News, Product News

It seems like only yesterday when our founder and CEO, George Davison excitedly smashed a 9-liter bottle of champagne in our creative workspace, Inventionland, in celebration of reaching a monumental company milestone:

Though that was not long ago, we have continued to add retailers at astounding rates. Today, we’re pleased to announce that the number of stores and online retailers that have carried Davison-designed products and packaging solutions has reached 1,200!

According to Davison, Walmart was the invention industry leader’s first store; but, in 25 years, many more retailers have been added to the list of stores that have carried Davison designs.

Davison’s own invention dream launched the company back in 1989. Since then, he has perfected his Better Way to Invent and brought all aspects of the inventing process under one roof, Inventionland, the 61,000 square foot design facility that churns out 2,200 – 2,400 new inventions each year for every day inventors and corporate clients, alike.

As an inventor, Davison said that one of his greatest rewards is seeing Davison-designed products reach store shelves.

“I find it extremely rewarding to bring an idea for a new product to life… then, actually see it in packaging and on the store shelf. There is nothing more exciting,” said Davison.

Today, you can find Davison-designed products and packaging solutions in big-name retailers like Target, Kohl’s and The Home Depot. There are also hundreds of niche retailers that have added that Davison “D” to their store shelves.

See some of the products that have sold in stores and online here.

ThinkGeek Gets Creative with Davison-designed Cat Toy

Product News

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, right? So, what better time than now for the innovative folks at ThinkGeek to make a hilariously-effective video of a Davison-designed toy that we, initially, envisioned for cats only?

ThinkGeek is selling the Cat Whack a Mole for a mere $9.99 and after you watch the video they created, you will easily see the joy that it can bring to cats, dogs and people… yes, people… is priceless!

The site goes on to advertise the Whack a Mole as “[bringing] the fun of the arcade home to your kitty… Choose your game board first: one side is a paw with five openings, the other is a grid of nine openings. Then use the patented mouse-on-a-stick to pop the rodent through holes to taunt Kitty. Your cat will be thwapping the mouse in no time…”

If that still doesn’t entice buyers, they’ve even included a few “customer action shots!”

Check out the Whack a Mole at ThinkGeek and pick one up for your favorite feline friend today!

Copyright Davison 2013

 

Groupon Sells Out of Davison’s Hot and Cold Back-Therapy Brace Within Hours

Davison News, Featured Invention, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

If you haven’t heard of the deal-of-the-day website, Groupon, the chances are good that you may have been living under a rock for the past five years or so. While that may be a drastic statement, it is safe to say that Groupon is everywhere!

The global leader in commerce works something like this… every 24 hours, the brains behind the operation offer up an electronic coupon for a product, restaurant or service at typically 40-60% below cost.

Other than sharing sheer innovation in common, Groupon and Davison now have another link; we’re excited to announce that a Davison-designed product has been featured as one of Groupon’s showcased products!

In fact the Hot and Cold Back-Therapy Brace, which was licensed by Health Enterprises, was not only featured; but, it SOLD OUT in just a few, short hours!

While you can no longer purchase the Hot and Cold Back-Therapy Brace on Groupon, you can see what the site had to say about the Davison-designed product:

“A series of gel packs lines the brace to treat any aches with either hot or cold therapy. Its sturdy construction also helps protect against new problems by placing firm yet comfortable pressure on the lower back. The brace comes with five removable splints that users can remove for customized support.”

In addition to showcasing some of the product’s very functional features, Groupon also said, tongue in cheek, that the Hot and Cold Back-Therapy Brace“provides back support and a listening ear when you’re sad.” Now, that may be one feature we didn’t think of!

See the entire Hot and Cold Back-Therapy Brace Groupon offering here.

Copyright Davison 2013

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

 

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