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2014: 25 Years of a Better Way!

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Before we begin 2015 and embark on our company’s 26th year in the inventing industry, it only seems fitting that we pay final tribute to the year that marked our quarter of a century in the business – among several other incredible milestones!

So, 2014… here’s to you and the way that you saw our company grow and soar to new heights!

Miracle Meatloaf Pan

January: We started 2014 off in a BIG way, soaring to over 9,000 likes on our Facebook page and introducing Chef Tony’s Miracle Stuffed Meatloaf Pan on QVC for the first time! The pan that creates multiple meal options for meatloaf sold out in less than 10 minutes! Could there be a “Better Way” to start off the new year? We don’t think so!

February: Our on-going success at QVC continues when we receive word that the Half N Half Cupcake Pan is slated to be featured on the network’s “Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn.” During the appearance, host Carolyn Gracie calls the pan that combines two tasteful cupcake flavors into one a “fun twist on an old favorite.”

March: For the third month in a row, we see products that we’ve designed at Inventionland soar to success on QVC! This time, is it the Jade No-Burn Pan that Culinary Professional Chef Tony Notaro shows off on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David.” Also, in March, representatives from our Licensing Department show off new products at two of the nation’s largest trade shows, Global Pet Expo in Orlando and the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.

WQED Design Lives Here Invention Convention

April: Following great success at Chicago’s International Home + Houseware’s Show in March, a New York Times’ writer recognizes the Clip & Drain that we designed at Inventionland as a simple and convenient addition to his kitchen. Also, in April, we continue to inspire the inventors of tomorrow at Inventionland, when we hosted WQED’s “Design Lives Here Invention Convention,” which welcomed over 200 Pittsburgh-area students to our creative design facility for a day full of inventing fun and competition.

May: We celebrated a big month of product movement in May. Joining the list of over 1,200 retailers that have sold Davison products, Shopko begins to feature our products and packaging solutions. Simultaneously, we secure two more licensing agreements when the Jokari corporation licenses the Hanger Pockets and Hanger Links that we designed at Inventionland.

June: It’s bbaaaccckkk! Chef Tony Notaro showcases the Miracle Meatloaf Pan on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” for a second time this year! This time, we savor the success of selling over 7,000 units! This month is also a huge month for our founder and CEO George Davison in the community when he chairs Pittsburgh’s 59th Annual CLO Guild Ball alongside his mother and oldest daughter, Morgan. Davison also sponsors The Challenge Program at a Pittsburgh-area high school where five students receive financial recognition for their year-round academic achievements.

CLO Guild Ball

July: Our creative design facility receives some major world-wide attention and interest when it is featured on the hit Arabic TV show, “Khawatir.” Almost instantly, the episode soars to over 1 million views on YouTube.

August: Coupaw.com features deep discounts on two pet products that we designed at Inventionland as part of the “limited-time deals” on their website. The site, which showcases “some of the best pet services and retailers” they can find, features the Whack-a-Mouse cat toy and Sticks Throwing Dog Treats. A current client takes her invention story to an NBC news affiliate in Florida, telling reporters about how we are developing her potentially life-saving car alarm system idea.

Steve Harvey Show- Pitch to Win

September: Our founder and CEO makes great waves locally and nationally this month. George Davison appears during season three’s premiere week on the Emmy-award winning Steve Harvey show. He helps judge Harvey’s “Pitch to Win” contest and presents the winner with a $10,000 check from Inventionland! At home in Pittsburgh, we learn that a community trail system project that Mr. Davison proposed is about to get underway!

October: We’re back on QVC again! This time, the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan is featured on QVC’s “Gifts for the Cook” where the hosts demonstrate the pan’s many capabilities. At the same time, one of our clients from Texas, who invented Hanger Pockets, an organizational tool for the closet, is featured in “Tex Appeal” magazine!

November: It’s a big month for cooking and baking products that we designed at Inventionland. Rave reviews pour in following the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan appearance on QVC. Plus, mommy blogger “Mama Smith” tests out a few other baking products that were licensed by Love Cooking Company. She tells readers they are “products you cannot live without!”

December: Rotary International recognizes founder and CEO Mr. Davison as a Paul Harris Fellow for his “tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.” We also open the doors of Inventionland to help Tickets for Kids Charities mark their 20-year anniversary with an “Imagine Nation Ungala.”

And, those are just some of the moments that made 2014 so great. Read more about what an incredible year 2014 was here.

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Sweet News from QVC! Our Fill N Flip to Air Today!

Davison News, Product News

And… we’re bbbaaaccckkk!

It’s been a few months since the Miracle Meatloaf Pan was featured on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” in June. Now that the main course is over, it’s time we and QVC viewers everywhere turn our attention to dessert!

The Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan that we designed for the Love Cooking Company is set to be featured on QVC this afternoon!

The innovative cake pan that makes it a cinch to add your favorite fillings to each and every cake you bake is slated to appear on QVC’s “Gifts for the Cook” show, which begins at 3 p.m. (EST) today.

We’re sure that QVC’s top bakers will have some incredible recipes for our Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan that really “take the cake” today. While you’ll have to wait to see those, we can tell you that the pan allows for incredible fillings like pudding, fruit, compote or any other delicious flavors you’re craving.

Call home or set your DVR through your phone to make sure you don’t miss today’s “D-licious” appearance on QVC. But, don’t worry, we’ll have the video and many more details after the Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan appears on QVC’s “Gifts for the Cook” show today at 3 p.m.

Copyright Davison 2014

Davison-Designed Hanger Pockets Have Got Serious Tex Appeal!

Product News

No, you didn’t read that headline incorrectly. We said that the Hanger Pockets we designed at Inventionland for our client Jennifer have some serious “Tex Appeal!”

Now, what on earth did we mean?

The clothing accessory organizer that conveniently slips over a hanger, allowing users to keep their outfits carefully coordinated, has been featured in the September issue of a Central Texas life and style magazine, aptly named “Tex Appeal.”

According to their website, Tex Appeal is “fascinating, alluring, engaging, tempting, influencing, and charming… all about Central Texas living . . . the people, the places, and the things that make us appealing.”

In their September 2014 issue, Tex Appeal writers featured an article that told the story of how Hanger Pockets came to be. Not only was a Davison inventor and her product featured in the magazine, but our founder and CEO Mr. Davison contributed to the story as well!

In a one-on-one interview with our inventor, Jennifer, she reveals that she originally signed with Davison in 2008, but it took her over two years to save the funds to move her idea forward. Our client said that even when her idea moved forward, there was a lot of waiting around.

“When I did hear, I got rejections from several manufacturers. At that point, I decided to put the matter in God’s hands and move forward with my life,” Jennifer said.

Early in 2014, Jennifer got a call that was not a rejection, but a licensing agreement with the Jokari Corporation. Though she was overjoyed, she said that she, again, waited another six month for her Hanger Pockets to hit the market.

“Be sure you have a strong support network also, because you will go through a roller coaster of emotions – you need people around who will believe in you and listen. You also have to walk by faith and not what you can see at the moment,” said Jennifer.

Mr. Davison said that Jennifer’s product is off to a great start, thanks to her persistence to pursue her idea.

“Hanger Pockets is off to a good start; it’s gotten the kind of response we hoped to get… [Jennifer] had an idea that worked and Jokari was happy with it, too. This is a win-win for all parties involved,” said Mr. Davison.

Read more about Jennifer’s Hanger Pocket story and see what the magazine has to say about our nine-step Better Way to Invent on pages 42-43 of Tex Appeal.

Congratulations, again, to Jennifer and the entire Davison and Inventionland teams that worked to bring Hanger Pockets to market!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://issuu.com/tdtnews/docs/texappealsept2014/0

Chew on this: Davison-designed Deals Featured on Coupaw.com!

Product News

Obviously, we are still reeling with excitement from last month’s SuperZoo trade show in Las Vegas. With all of the potential for Davison-designed products in 2015, it is hard not to be pumped up!

But, why wait until next year to get excited about seeing some Davison-designed pet products on the market?

Recently, it was brought to our attention that Coupaw.com had a deal on Sticks Throwing Dog Treats, a tasty product that we designed for Hugs Pet Products!

According to their website, Coupaw is a pet-friendly, member website that offers its users limited-time deals on pet supplies in order to “tell other people about some of the best pet services and retailers [they] could find, and to arrange some great savings for all of us!”

When a user subscribes to Coupaw, deals on dog and cat products are emailed to them. For a limited time, they are able to take advantage of those deals and share them with friends and family to get credit toward future deals.

Although the Sticks deal has now expired, it had featured both the Smokey Bacon and Peanut Butter flavors of the throwing dog treats for as low as $6.95, almost half of their $11.98 suggested retail price.

What’s even better than seeing one product that we designed at Davison for sale?

While pawing around for Sticks on Coupaw.com, we spotted ANOTHER Davison-designed pet product featured on the website!

The Whack-a-Mouse Interactive Cat Toy had been offered as a deal on Coupaw, too! The Whack-a-Mouse, cousin of the whack-a-mole, is a game that will keep any cat chasing after a toy mouse for hours.

If you’ve got a pet (or even if you don’t), sign up for Coupaw.com alerts today and see some awesome Davison-designed pet products at super-great deals!

Copyright Davison 2014

NBC News in Florida Shares Davison Client’s Invention Story

Davison News, Inventions, Prototyping

Too often today, we hear stories of children who are left alone in hot cars. Often times, those stories have tragic endings.

So, when Felicia Marshal came to Davison with a Better Way to alert parents, who may have forgotten a child in the car, we got to work.

We designed the Sound of Life alarm system, a two-piece system that sets off the car alarm when the engine is off, the doors are locked and a child is still sitting inside.

“It is triggered by any motion, any weight, any body heat… It would automatically sound your car alarm to let you know the child has been left inside,” said Marshal, when she recently took her Sound of Life idea to a Florida news station.

The NBC affiliate, First Coast News in Green Cove Springs, Florida, told Marshal’s entire story during one of their newscasts.

“One day returning from the store, Marshall said she was in such a rush to get the [groceries] out of the vehicle [that] she thought her mom had taken the child out of the car seat, but she did not and it went unnoticed for a few minutes.

“‘I had heard a lot of stories prior to that and it really didn’t bother me because I am one of those parents who says I’m always on top of everything,’ she said. ‘But once it happened to me I was thinking someone needs to do something about it.’”

Of course, that’s when Marshal took matters into her own hands and sought out our help. She also told First Coast News about that.

Pay close attention to Marshal’s story, particularly at the end, when they refer to the “Pittsburgh company” that designed the idea. Spoiler alert: it’s us!

Congratulations to Marshal, another Davison client who dared to invent and is following her invention dreams!

Read Marshal’s entire story here.

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2014/07/29/mom-designs-alarm-child-hot-car-sound-of-life/13336301/

 

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.

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