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ThinkGeek Gets Creative with Davison-designed Cat Toy

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‘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!

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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.

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

 

HomeWorld Business Magazine Shows Davison Bakeware Designs Some Serious Love!

Davison News, Inventions, Licensing, Product News

Just when you thought Love Cooking Company’s line of Davison-designed products couldn’t get any hotter… here they are popping up again in the media! In the latest issue of HomeWorld Business Magazine, five different Love Cooking Company products are pictured and even more are mentioned.

The magazine, deemed ”the leading business-to-business publication for the housewares industry,” first featured two of Love’s latest products, the Mrs. Fields Cupcake Cone Pan and the Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut Cookie Tool.

As you may know, Love has teamed up with one of the most famous names in baking, Mrs. Fields, to feature these two new Davison-designed items, which are to begin selling this fall.

According to HomeWorld Business Magazine writers, the Cupcake Cone Pan “addresses what [Love] said has become a social media trend, with consumers sharing images, recipes and decorating ideas for baking cupcakes in ice cream cones on such sites as Pinterest.”

Additionally, the Scoop N Cut Cookie Tool “features tablespoon and teaspoon scoops for small and larger cookies as well as a plastic edge in the center of the scoops designed to easily cut through cookie dough.”

Not content with featuring solely Love’s latest innovations, HomeWorld Business Magazine also showcased the Mrs. Fields Cool Bake, Brookie Pan and Half N Half Cupcake/Muffin Pan, which are already on sale. In the article, another Davison-designed product, the Mrs. Fields Baker’s Sto ‘n Go is also mentioned as part of Love’s Bakeware Innovations line.

For a taste of what the magazine had to say about the Davison-designed bakeware, read the full article in the image below (click to enlarge):

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

Find Davison-Designed Soda Straws at Walmart… and at Davison.com!

Davison News, Inventions, Product News

Davison-designed products may have sold in over 1,000 stores and online retailers, but even Mr. Davison still gets excited when he sees new products on store shelves. It’s undeniable… we LOVE seeing our products on the shelves of retailers everywhere!

But, did you know there is one, centralized place where you can see ALL of our client and corporate products?

As quickly as they’re in stores, they’re on one of the 48 pages full of products on Davison.com!

We’ve just added Soda Straws, an innovative product that actually allows you reseal a can that you’ve already opened. Recently, a member of the Davison team was out shopping when he saw Soda Straws on Walmart shelves. Now, everyone can see Soda Straws on Davison.com!

We’ve all cracked open an ice-cold can of our favorite beverages and either have not been able to finish it or spilled it, because we couldn’t close it. That’s where Soda Straws come in.

They have an innovative flip-top cap to prevent spills and even keep bugs out. Also unlike ordinary straws, Soda Straws are reusable. Thirsty? Find them at Walmart!

In fact, Mr. D recently made a trip to Walmart to see the Davison-designed Soda Straws on the store shelves, take a look!

You see, what’s even greater about our product pages is that you not only get a glimpse of our products; you also learn what problems they solve and how our Better Way to Invent helped to create them! The Davison product pages even show which stores our products have sold in.

When new products hit store shelves, find them at Davison.com. Take a look at the newly-updated Soda Straws page or browse through any of the other pages full of Davison-designed products!

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

Davison-Designed Pampering Products Stay Ahead in Trends!

Davison News, Featured Invention, Product News

Two of the hottest Davison-designed beauty products are continuing to pick up steam in the fashion world. Already popular with online trendsetters, the TheraPED  and the Manicure Multitool are featured in the Fall 2013 edition of Trends Magazine!

The TheraPED, a spa-therapy product that provides hot and cold relief for sore, aching feet, was invented by our client, Lennell.

The Manicure Multitool, invented by our late client, Cathalene, makes at-home manicures and pedicures a breeze with six essential nail tools.

After Davison helped complete the design for the two products, it didn’t take long for Health Enterprises, Inc. President Brendan Leonard to take notice and license the items.

Now, the pampering must-haves will be sharing the spotlight on page 56 of the Fall 2013 issue of Trends Magazine!

Deemed “the magazine” for Canadian fashion retailers, Trends provides Canadian fashion buyers with “the most comprehensive, searchable and up-to-date directory of suppliers and contact information available to the Canadian fashion industry.”

Pick up a copy of Trends or view the awesome spread here!

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

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.

 

Pugz™ Soft Suedes and Fall Fleeces Cloak Petco in Eye-catching Endcaps

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Product News

The 2012 Fall Pugz ™ line is now in stores!

But even more exciting than having Pugz boots in one Petco and Pugz leg warmers in another Petco across town, the entire fall line is prominently displayed on endcaps.

Showcasing leashes, beds, coats, leg warmers, harnesses, boots — all featuring Pugz’s signature faux suede and fleece combination – the visual appeal of these endcaps creates a gravitational pull on Petco customers shopping anywhere near this K-9 couture.

CEO and founder of Davison, George Davison, calls the Petco Pugz endcaps a defining moment in company history and compares the excitement of seeing all of these Pugz products in one space to the excitement of “stepping to the plate and hitting a grand slam.”

“When you allow yourself to dream, you are opening yourself up for a lot of pain if stuff doesn’t work out, which I’m used to. Because of the continual effort at absorbing risks and overcoming challenges this is what can happen if you believe. If you don’t believe and have enough character, the dreams aren’t possible,” says Davison.

The 2012 Fall Pugz line, which is now in Petco and will be in Bed, Bath & Beyond on September 20th, delivers cozy comfort for every pup.

 

Walk with warmth

Smaller dogs get cold faster in low temperatures, but that’s no reason to abandon those long walks you and your pup enjoy. Instead, protect him or her from the elements with Pugz Boots. These adorably designed, faux leather and faux wool shoes provide comfort and keep your pet’s paws dry in any weather!  Plus, their breathable, cushioned fabric sole eliminates nasty claw scratches from hardwood floors. With an adjustable hook and loop strap, Pugz are a secure fit for every pooch!

Little paws aren’t the only appendages to keep the chill out during the fall and winter. Your dog will appreciate some leg protection, too. Pugz Leg Warmers keep your dog’s legs warm and protected with their lightweight faux suede and fleece. Perfect for pups of all sizes, these leg warmers include hook and loop straps and elastic nylon to ensure a secure fit.

 

Walk with confidence

Excited dogs and young pups often pull during their walks. This not only creates uncomfortable exercise for you, but can injure your dogs neck if you’re only using a collar. Get back control and enjoy those walks again with the Pugz Harness.

The Pugz Harness is a comfortable and stylish solution for reducing the stress and strain on both dogs and owners during walks. Made with breathable and lightweight faux suede and fleece, this harness is adjustable for a custom fit on your dog or growing puppy.

Add the Pugz Leash for 6 feet of stylish safety. The ultra-soft, fleece-lined generously sized handle keeps your hand cozy and comfortable, while the durable nylon leash allows you to securely walk your pet with confidence. The sturdy chrome hardware conveniently attaches to your favorite collar.

 

Now Sleep!

Walk nap, walk nap. That’s your best friend’s daily agenda. Optimize their comfort after those warming walks with the Pugz Air Puff Bed, which supports the limbs of older or injured pets, but is perfect for dogs without health problems as well. An adjustable frame and soft faux wool provide a warm and cozy place for any pet to relax. The removable cover is easy to wash and keep clean. For use at home, in the car or on a trip, the Pugz Air Puff Bed is easy to transport.

Twenty-twelve also features the Pugz Box Bed (see below on endcap), which allows your pet to nuzzle into cozy comfort. The ultra-durable, luxuriously cushioned base and sides invite your pet to snuggle up, get comfortable and relax.  The bed is also lightweight, portable and can be machine washed!

Davison attributes the success of Pugz and other Davison products to the Davison methodology, which George Davison has been crafting for over 20 years. “We have to have really good soils to grow our seeds. This is the combination of Inventionland and our [inventing] methodology to have not only one, but all of those [products] hit the shelf.”

Congratulations to Pugz, Hugs and Davison for all the hard work put into a great line of pup products. When dogs are dressed to the nines in their new Pugz boots and legwarmers, warm and comfortable tails are sure to be wagging outside of Petco stores this fall and winter!

(From Hugs Pet Products’ Facebook Page)

Diane: “Barney jumped right in as [we were] strolling through Petco today! Sold! ”

 

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The Better Tether Featured on Lifetime’s ‘The Balancing Act’ Friday Morning (8/17/12)

Dare to Invent, Inventor Stories, The Balancing Act

George Davison (Founder & CEO of Davison) and the inventor of the Better Tether Ed Yoder (as part of his Dare to Invent episode) will be featured on the next episode of Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act,” America’s premier one-hour women’s morning show dedicated to creating trusted solutions for today’s woman.

Mr. D and host Kristy Villa (Friday, August 17, 2012 at 7:00 a.m.) will talk about the Davison Inventing method and the Better Tether before and after the airing of george davison ed yoder inventor of better tetherEd’s episode of “Dare to Invent” – the webisode series that explores what can happen when everyday people work with Davison to make their invention ideas a reality.

Ed desired a more convenient and humane way to tether his dog outdoors! He got tired of his precious pup’s chain knocking over the food and water bowl while the pet was tethered in the yard… not to mention, the dish and the chain were often in the way of the lawnmower! Ed brought his idea for a “better” tethering device to Davison.

Unlike traditional tethers that wrap around trees or unwieldy stakes, Ed’s tether is secured to the ground, eliminating an obstacle to pets, humans and machines. The divided food and water bowl can never be tipped over and the entire unit sits lower than the blades of a lawnmower and never has to be moved. hugs pet products better tetherA leash can be attached directly to the strong steel post, and the vivid orange color makes the bowl highly visible.

Congratulations to Mr. Davison, Ed and the Davison Creationeers for getting the chance to showcase the Dare to Invent – Better Tether episode to a national audience!

More Dare to Invent episodes and Mr. Davison will be featured on “The Balancing Act” throughout 2012. We will keep you updated on dates and times as they become available.

Lifetime Network’s “The Balancing Act” treats viewers to the most current and hot topics, while featuring some of the hottest celebs from the sports and entertainment industry.

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PLUS – You Could Win a Better Tether for your pooch on the Davison Facebook page!*

We will be giving away one Better Tether — a better and more humane method of tethering a dog outdoors — to celebrate the airing of the “Balancing Act” episode, featuring George Davison talking about the development of this versatile product.

The giveaway will be held from Friday, Aug. 17 to Friday, Aug. 24. Contestants will be entered to win a Better Tether when they “Like” the Davison Facebook page and complete the information on the entry form/giveaway page.

 

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Davison’s research, development and presentation services are provided for an upfront fee paid by the client and a contingent fee (which is a percentage of royalties obtained by the client, if any). New product development is an uncertain endeavor and the use of Davison’s services typically does not result in a license agreement, sales on any market or profit to the inventor. Davison does not perform analysis of the feasibility, marketability, patentability or profitability of ideas submitted to it.

Sponsor: Davison

Term: The Davison BETTER TETHER Giveaway begins on August 17, 2012 at 12:00 noon EST and ends on August  24, 2012 at 12:00 noon EST.

To Enter: No purchase necessary to enter or win the Sweepstakes. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Register to win by liking the Davison Facebook Page and completing the information on the giveaway page. The employees of Davison and members of their respective immediate families are not eligible to enter this giveaway. By entering this giveaway, you are also opting-in to receive informational and promotional emails from Davison.

Prizes: Sponsor will giveaway one(1) better tether, valued at $25. No more than one prize will be awarded.

Winner Selection: Potential winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by August  24, 2012 noon EST. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.

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Davison’s New Spins on Old Gifts

Davison News, Product News

With Father’s Day on the horizon, children, significant others and the gift-giving masses often struggle to find a present that shows how much they care about pops. Great fathers aren’t complicated, so their gifts shouldn’t be either. This year, consider these Davison products that offer new takes on some time-tested trinkets.

A Cut Above the Rest

Whistle KnifeCreated in caves and mastered by the Swiss, the knife has been a hit on Father’s Day gift lifts since cavekids and cavedads. This year, treat your dad to an updated version of this Cenozoic classic. Davison developed the Swiss Army Whistle Knife to hold an extremely high-decibel whistle in one side of the knife housing, without exposing any moving parts. If needed, a person can alert a bystander, their dog or authorities and even ward off a possible attacker by drawing attention to them. The Whistle Knife is also small enough that it can fit on a key ring and be taken anywhere.

Make Variety the Slice of Life

Perfect Pizza PanDads keep it simple; meat, potatoes and dispensing good, old-fashioned life lessons. But, even the most regimented dad needs a break from the norm. Give your father the means to satisfy all his cravings with the Perfect Pizza Pan. With this incredible invention, which came from our very own President, every pizza can be made-to-order by the slice. The pan’s unique, segmented design allows users to make completely individual pizza slices. Now, Dad can enjoy his favorite toppings on one pizza.

Get His Wheels Back in the Groove

Bucket BenchNothing stands between sparkling wheel wells and your dad. No matter how much Dad claims to love the task, washing a vehicle can be a laborious and back-breaking chore. Squatting down to clean the wheels and bumpers can be brutal on the knees and back. Love your dad and his back with Davison’s Bucket Bench. This gift, with four swiveling wheels, provides a comfortable place to sit while keeping the user at the level of wheels and bumper, so no bending or squatting is required.

Hold onto His Sanity (and Tools)

Peg BoardDad’s workspace can become cluttered and disorganized, which can cause a hair-pulling scene. The last thing dad needs during a 1 a.m. birthday-bike assembly is a missing tool. Relieving Dad’s DIY frustration is as simple as keeping his tools organized. Davison’s team of designers created the Pegboard Power Drill Holder all-in-one station to securely hold a portable drill, charger and drill bits. This product can be placed on a pegboard or mounted onto a wall, providing a convenient device for organizing tools, keeping Dad sane.

Pack Ease into Gift Giving

Air RackThere is no living being better at packing three weeks’ worth of vacation supplies than an adult male with children. Make Dad’s job easier this year with the Air Rack. Transporting oversized loads on a car or SUV means having to mount a heavy roof rack to the vehicle, which can take a lot of time and effort. We created the Air Rack for a company that wanted a quick and easy way to secure oversized loads to a vehicle’s roof. The roof rack can be inflated quickly with the included pump; and, the rack easily and securely straps to the roof. We all know, when Dad’s happy on vacation, everybody is happy on vacation!

Steer clear of the same-old-same-old this Father’s Day and let these Davison spins on traditional gifts turn dad’s head!

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Davison Designs Get International Hugs!

Davison News, Product News

We’ve recently received more exciting news about some Davison-designed pet products that are crossing borders and taking a bite out of the pet toy industry!

Davison InventionsAccording to our Vice President of Business Development and Licensing, there is a big shipment of eco-friendly Grass Twine Bird Houses and Bird Feeders headed to Costco Canada.

“Four containers of products are headed north to Canada, eh!  Both are client products and, if they are well received, Costco Canada will order three to five more containers and look at bringing this into the U.S. market,” said our VP.

Made with 100% organic reed grass, the Grass Twine Bird House and Bird Feeder provide birds with natural protection from predators by blending in with surrounding areas.  Their rough exterior and three openings also make it easier for birds to enter and exit.

Hugs Pet ProductsDavison Inventions

The Grass Twine Bird House and Bird Feeder aren’t the only client products that were licensed by Hugs Pet Products and are now going international… we’ve also received word that Hugs’ Cool Cottage and Cool Cot are shipping to Australia!

“Hugs is getting ready to ship its first order to Australia,” said our VP, who also passed along some awesome pictures of the products as they were preparing to ship! 

Pet InventionsPet Products

Adding even more innovation to their pet product lines, Hugs is also working with Davison to create a new chew toy option for pets.  According to our VP,  the scrumptious new “JAWS” line already has national retailers paying attention.

“JAWS is going to be the next big craze in pet toys.  This project was designed by [our] team and is quickly turning heads at Petco and Bed Bath & Beyond.  We will be back in front of Petco in May to confirm they are moving forward with the JAWS line and 15-20 clothing items for a fourth quarter launch this year!” said our VP.

We’ve included a few “sneak peek” photos of the JAWS moulds straight from the factory:

Pet ProductsDavison Inventions

As he so often does, our VP left us with another tid-bit of enticing product news that we will share as soon as he gives us more details.

“Oh, yeah, did I mention what Hugs is doing with Target?” said our VP.  “Stay tuned!”

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

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