Power of Observation Leads to Innovation

Innovation is a natural phenomenon that occurs over time. Think of things you see and use in your daily life that have evolved by leaps and bounds over time thanks to major innovations and improvements – wheels, telecommunication, computers, gaming and more.

It’s when we open our eyes and open our minds to the nature of improvement that innovation ignites.

For over 27 years, so many people have reached out to our professional team at Davison because they believed in their ideas. They are idea people. They are innovators. They are inventors.

These clients believed that they had found “a better way.” While some confidentially submitted ideas for completely new inventions, others submitted ideas for innovations that would improve a current way something is done. They were able to tune into their power of observation and open their minds to the possibility of improvement. In either case, these client stories are not unlike the story of our founder, Mr. George Davison. While they may have tried and failed and then tried again and failed again, it’s all a part of failing your way forward.

As we keep going after our ideas, new observations are realized. We learn to understand why it didn’t work the first time, the second time, the third time. However many times it takes is what’s necessary to make movement and progress. Just take it from one of Mr. Davison’s inspirational thought leaders:

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

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American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931), in his laboratory at Orange, New Jersey. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The lesson is to keep curious, keep observing and continue on the path to innovation. If you have an idea and want help on your invention journey, contact us today.

Copyright Davison, 2016


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How-To: Inventing Basics Every Inventor Should Know


Inventing is not an easy process. It takes motivation and dedication to move your invention forward. Founder George Davison has identified three key fundamentals of inventing. Let these ideals motivate you to push forward towards your goals.

A desire to do good by improving things.

In a previous blog post, we talked about the importance of desire when pursuing an idea, which noted:

In the invention industry, desire is what sparks the fire; it’s what helps a person persevere despite the ups and downs of the process…

Desire is fueled by your ‘why?’… For our founder, George Davison, his ‘why’ was fueled by failure and his story of passion and desire has become a great example of how to fail your way forward.

Why do you think your idea is better and what goodness will it bring into our world? It takes desire to begin answering these questions. Until you’ve found that inner spark that fuels you to open up and be creative, it will be hard to latch onto the desire that’s necessary to accomplish great things. When the desires change and we ask ourselves for something better or for something more, our minds open up and we start to look for new solutions.

Use your observational skills to identify improvement opportunities that mean something to you.

Every invention started somewhere. You’ll find that when you give your mind permission to seek innovation and improvement, a world of different opportunities will start to present itself to you. Some of us may seek improvements that we encounter in the world around us, while others will go into deep science seeking understanding that will one day provide insight for inventors in the future to invent their creations.

Start innovating.

How to start innovating begins with the environment around you. We are big believers in creating inspirational environments around our inventors. When you are immersed with a positive can-do spirit, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

One of the first things about innovation and invention is creating an environment for yourself that enables mental openness to allow you to think of a better way to do something.

“I have fundamentally altered innovation labs, R&D labs, college makerspaces, high school makerspaces and more for people, just trying to set the stage for a creative mindset to take root,” said Mr. Davison.

The professional team at Davison is here to help guide you through the inventing process, just like they’ve done with so many other Davison clients who dared to invent.

Get started today by confidentially submitting your invention idea!

Copyright Davison, 2016

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How to be a Smart Risk Taker


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


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The Wild, Wonderful World of Inventing!

Today, we take a minute to spark our minds and feast our eyes on some of the invention industry’s most wild and wonderful creations!  Sure to inspire any idea person, our very own “inventor’s inventor,” Mr. Davison, passed along these must-see photos of some of the finest!  Enjoy!

1.  First up, with corner drawers like these, who needs a Lazy Susan?  From the looks of these deep, far-reaching drawers, they’ll hold everything but the kitchen sink!


2.  Stash your cash in a wall outlet?  Who wouldn’t be fooled by this secret hiding place?  Although, finding cash in an old pair of jeans is nice, finding it a wall outlet would be electrifying!

3.  This tub is the perfect place to store soap, shampoo, razors and more.  It’s also perfect for quickly cleaning up any items you wouldn’t want guests to see in your bathroom!


4.  Another unique space-saver, there really would be some things “hiding” under these stairs!  And, if you’ve ever lived in an apartment or home with too little closet space, these would be a life-saver!

5.  While it may not look so conventional, this is one ladder that looks out for you!  It’s ergonomically correct, so your body won’t mind the climb!

6.  Very in-tune with today’s needs, this little tool is great for the ultra-resourceful musician!  Make your guitar picks out of used gift cards or credit cards!


7.  A certain improvement to the day-bed, this sofa allows you to easily transform your living space into a bunk for two!  Who’s calling top bunk?

8.  Mother always told us not to drink out of the sink, but what if it was easily converted into a fountain?  With this simple tool, it is!


9.  Finally, another awesome invention Mr. Davison sent over, you’ve got to see this one in action!  Imagine these “Air Swimmers” chasing around your family and friends around at your next party or gathering.  Definitely crowd-pleasers, these fish are remote controlled!  (Jaws theme song not included!)


We hope you enjoyed today’s wild and wonderful creations!  Be inspired!

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Temple Grandin: Inventor, Author, Scientist, Activist

Imagine living in a world of loneliness and isolation; where normal communication, emotions, and social interaction are extremely challenging or even impossible.

Welcome to the world of autism.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

People with autism may exhibit a lack of or a delay in speaking, use repetitive language and/or motor mannerisms, make little or no eye contact, have a lack of interest in peer relationships, and have persistent fixation on parts of objects. To many people, being autistic is like a life-long jail sentence of isolation. “Once autistic, always autistic” was the attitude taken by many people, including the medical community. The idea that there was nothing that could be done to make their lives better and more productive has meant sad and diminished lives for many children diagnosed with autism.

So let me introduce you to Temple Grandin, a woman who has autism and has beaten the odds imposed on her by the disorder to become an inventor, an author, an animal scientist, a professor, and quite an extraordinary person, to say the least.

How did she overcome these limitations of autism and emerge a stronger person who is capable of doing all of these amazing things? Well, here’s her incredible story.

Temple was born in 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. She didn’t talk until she was almost four, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism, considered a form of brain damage at the time, and since little was known about autism, her parents were told she should be institutionalized. But, her parents were very supportive and chose to raise Temple. Though getting the necessary help in those days was extremely challenging, her mother took on that challenge and sought the best possible teachers for Temple. Though she made progress academically in school, social interactions remained difficult in both middle and high school, where the other students often teased Grandin and called her “weird.”

As luck would have it, she developed an interest in cattle early in life, while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle’s ranch. At the ranch, she noticed that the cattle were immunized while confined in a squeeze chute that surrounded their bodies and applied constant pressure. She also noticed that the cattle seemed to immediately calm down after the pressure from the chute was applied. Temple realized that the deep pressure from the chute had a calming effect on the cattle, and she decided that something similar might be useful in settling down her own feelings of hypersensitivity. So, she invented a deep-pressure squeezing device for herself and found that the structure had a significant benefit in helping her manage her own anxiety. The ‘hug box’ is now a standard of care for people with autism.

While at the ranch, she also developed a deep feeling and understanding for the animals on the farm, especially the cattle. Later, she would use her unique window into the minds of animals to become the leading creator of corrals for cattle. Her innovative designs improved the quality of life of the cattle by reducing stress. Her insight into the emotions of cattle has taught her to value and address the changes in details to which animals are particularly sensitive, and to use her exceptional visualization skills to design thoughtful and humane animal-handling.

This was all made possible because she found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities, and encouraged here to pursue her goals. After earning a degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, she built on her love and understanding of animals by getting a master’s degree in animal science from Arizona State University, and then a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As a high-functioning person with autism, Temple has been able to not only understand but also describe to the rest of us how she perceives the world around her. Like most people with autism, she has a hypersensitivity to noise and other sensory stimuli. She is also extremely sensitive to details in her environment and to changes in her daily routine. She describes herself as primarily a visual thinker who considers verbal communication to be a secondary skill, which could explain why socializing is so challenging for her.

She tells her story of “groping her way from the far side of darkness” in her book, “Emergence: Labeled Autistic,” a book which amazed people, since most professionals and parents have no idea what it was like to have autism and no idea what a person with autism is capable of feeling and understanding.

“I have read enough to know that there are still many parents, and yes, professionals too, who believe that ‘once autistic, always autistic.’ To these people, it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled. However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can.”

Today, Temple Grandin is an associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University, best-selling author, an expert in the field of animal husbandry and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.

What a truly remarkable person, who has given hope and inspiration to all the parents of children with autism.


‘Emergence:  Labeled Autistic  – A True Story by Temple Grandin and Margaret Scariano.  1986.  Arena Press.

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Saying Goodbye to 2012 – Thanks for Many Great Memories!

happy new year davison“Should old acquaintance be forgot and… ”  Ok, so, we may not know all the words to Auld Lang Syne, but we are more than ready to ring in the new year with some great memories from 2012.  And, when it comes down to it, we are pretty sure that’s what the song means!

Although there were many, many great things that happened this year, our post simply would be WAY too long if we included them all, so here are just a few highlights from each month.

January: The late celebrity icon known for hosting a “rockin” New Year’s Eve reviews the History Channel’s “Inventionland” reality TV special. “I found it fun to watch and most interesting and, undoubtedly, will be a successful History Channel venture,” says Dick Clark.

Inventionland Show - Las VegasAlso after the History Channel’s “Inventionland” reality TV show special, which was promoted high above the strip in Las Vegas and in NYC’s Times Square, our creative workspace also appears in the Wall Street Journal!

February: We launch our innovative “Dare to Invent” webisode series! The 13-episode series showcases our clients and their inventions, from product inception to licensing… and beyond!  The series begins with Joy, inventor of the Party on the Go, and Kay, inventor of Pugz Shoes.  The webisodes can be found at and on YouTube.

We go international twice! Inventionland is featured on the the German TV show “Galileo” and the Davison-designed Hydro Family (which was licensed by Hugs Pet Products) is set to sell in the United Kingdom and Canada.

March: Walmart runs an “Idol-style” competition online called “Get on the Shelf” and Hugs Pet Products, a company that has licensed many of our designs, enters several of Davison-designed pet products in the contest!

The TheraPED, a spa-therapy product that we designed for our client, Lennell, continues to receive rave reviews from Zumba and yoga instructors across the nation.

lennell dare to invent theraped davisonApril: We present our TheraPED inventor, Lennell, with her very first royalty check at a surprise party for her family and friends in her hometown, St. Louis! Mr. Davison and our production crew get some great photos and video footage under the city’s famous Arch for an upcoming “Dare to Invent” episode!

Speaking of “Dare to Invent,” the webisodes continue!  This month, we feature John, inventor of the BikeBoard, and Jean, inventor of the Meatball Baker!

May: Davison is nominated for a Small Business Community Association (SBCA) 2012 Best of Business Award for Pittsburgh! According to the SBCA, the Best of Business Awards are designed to empower and recognize businesses that make a difference in their communities.

Continuing a school tradition, George Davison speaks to students at his high school alma mater, The Kiski School, in Saltsburg, Pa.  The day-long event includes three sessions, where Mr. Davison enlightens young minds on what it is like to be an entrepreneur.

June: In what becomes the first of many appearances in 2012, George Davison is featured on lifetime-balancing-actLifetime’s “The Balancing Act,” America’s premier one-hour women’s morning show dedicated to creating trusted solutions for today’s woman. Mr. Davison joins host Danielle Knox to field questions both before and after Lifetime airs Joy Clymer’s (Party on the Go) episode of “Dare to Invent.”

Fox Business Network cameras join George Davison at Inventionland, where we get a sneak peek inside Davy’s Treehouse. “Inventionland is like a big playground for creative people,” George tells Lauren Simonetti. “We try to keep everybody in a state of mind that is real creative and real positive, because the world of inventing can be a crazy up-and-down world. It’s a state of mind.”

July: “Dare to Invent” airs the final episodes of the webisode series. The first features Christine Walker, inventor of the Brownie Bowl and our 1st season final episode treats viewers to Gary and Ruth Frazer, inventors of the Twister Bolts and Twister Caps.

We proudly announce that the TheraPED will be included in 200 VIP gift bags given out during the 13th Annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis (Aug. 23, 2012). As part of the 2012 U.S. Open festivities held in New York City, The Taste of Tennis combines NYC’s top chefs and the world’s greatest tennis players to showcase their culinary skills for the benefit of New York Junior Tennis League.

clip and drain davisond designAugust: Davison products burn up the blogosphere. TheraPED once again earns rave reviews from the One Bored Mommy blog; 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool has “got everything you want,” according to a Hello Dollface blogger; The Clip & Drain replaces colanders for the writer of Sugar Pop Ribbons; The Neat Things in Life blog gets cooking with the Silicone Dog Treat Pan; and AWAY is celebrated by holistic health guru The Savvy Sister.

Davison is featured in an article in the summer edition of Soul Pitt Quarterly, Pittsburgh’s Premier Minority A&E Magazine.  In the piece, Soul Pitt’s writer (Mimi Gray) speaks with CEO and Founder George Davison, President Frank Vescio, Senior Director of New Products Steve Smith and Director of New Products Hassan Walker and picks their brains about what it takes to be an inventor and to work at Davison.

george davison petco hugs pet productsSeptember: A defining moment in company history, the entire fall 2012 Hugs Pet Products Pugz line arrives at Petco!  The line, which we helped design, includes leashes, beds, coats, leg warmers, harnesses and boots; and it’s prominently displayed on Petco’s end caps.

We expand our social media presence, launching Pinterest and Google+ pages.  Pinterest allows us to share all things inventing on our pinboard and Google+ allows us to chat with our followers in circles or groups, so we can better meet their inventing needs.

October: Mr. Davison’s Lifetime TV appearances continue as he and Jean Rindfuss (as part of her Dare to Invent episode) appear on “The Balancing Act.” Before showing the appetizing webisode, Mr. Davison discusses Davison’s Better Way to Invent and how it worked for Jean Rindfuss and her Meatball Baker.

Davison’s Hydro Bone is featured in Real Simple Magazine as part of their “40 Most-Pinned Problem Solving Products” list. Of the hydrating chew toy, the Hydro Bone, the magazine said, “If you’re hitting the park with Fido, be sure to pack the proper warm-weather essentials. Simply soak this rubber bone in water and toss it to your four-legged friend, so he’ll stay well “hydrated all day long.”

george davison license agreementsNovember: In time for the holiday season, Mr. Davison illustrates how Davison’s Better Way to Invent works for everyday people with ideas.  He signs, seals and delivers big news and royalty checks to Davison inventors from all over the country and even England.

Our Licensing Team attends Atlantic City’s Non-Foods Marketing Expo, a trade show that caters to retailers interested in general merchandise and seasonal items that one may find at a grocery or drug store. Among over 150 vendors, past licensees of Davison products, Hugs Pet Products and AWAY Bug Repellent, showcase several Davison designs. Quickly heading to the west coast, the Licensing Team also makes a stop at the SEMA and AAPEX shows, where Davison car-cleaning products shine!

December: Ending 2012 with a bang, Mr. Davison makes a few more appearances on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act.”  This time, he brings along our clients, Christine – Brownie Bowl Inventor and Gary and Ruth – Twister Caps and Twister Bolts inventors, as part of their “Dare to Invent” webisodes.

The Keystone Edge, an online publication that covers the entrepreneurial ecosystem that drives Pennsylvania forward, features Mr. Davison in their “Founders” section.  Comparing him to Henry Ford, deeming the title “a praise that should not be viewed lightly,” Keystone Edge also calls Mr. Davison “one heckuva entrepreneur.”

Thank you for everything, 2012!  We can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store!!

Happy New Year! 


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Inventor of Hydro Bone Praises Davison in Letter

diane diraimo inventor of hydro toysEvery now and again we receive letters in the mail or via email from our clients, which is obviously a great thing.

Sometimes they are simply checking on their new product idea, asking questions or dropping a line to give us a nice pat on the back. And what a pat on the back this letter from Diane DiRaimo, the inventor of the Hydro Bone, gave Mr. Davison, Dan Simbeck, the Licensing team, the Creationeers and all other Davison designers!

Check out the letter below for the whole story:

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Congratulations to Diane and everyone at Davison!  The innovative Hydro line has become a hit on store shelves across the U.S. and beyond!

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

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Simple, Life-Changing Inventions

Think of how much more difficult life would be if the world were never treated to the creations of great inventors. Without Thomas Edison, we’d be reading by candlelight. Without Ford, Daimler and Benz, we’d be riding horses to 7-Eleven to buy our scratch-off lottery tickets. And, without Dreamfarm, we’d be drinking faucet water from our dirty, cupped hands.


Instant Water Fountain

water faucet innovationImagine being able to turn any faucet into a drinking fountain. The Tapi Squeeze Tap Drinking Fountain makes that possible. The device was created by a company called Dreamfarm, who claims on their website “… we solve problems. It’s our purpose. It’s the reason we are here. Dreamfarm products are different. They may look odd, but they work brilliantly.”



thumb book reading solutionReading Whilst Lounging

Reading with one hand is downright non-sensical. It’s impossible to keep the pages from closing in on themselves and lounging is completely out of the question. The Thumb Thing Book Page Holder keeps your pages open as you read with one hand. It also comes in four different sizes, catering to even the largest of thumbs.


Couch Potatoes

husking corn on the cobWe’ve all been there. You need to peel and cut potatoes, but your favorite episode of “Mama’s Family” is on. Too bad. Your wife is hungry! And, you need to make dinner. But, with Thomas Kral’s lap counter, now you can prepare dinner on your lap as you enjoy Vint and Bubba’s unpredictable hijinks. Kral’s counter provides mobility to peel, chop and slice fruits and vegetables, while sitting anywhere in the house. It is ergonomically shaped to fit the lap and is molded for both a container and a working surface.


clipping your coffee cup to your deskThe Cup Clip

Consistently spilling coffee and water on your office keyboard is an expensive hobby. But, don’t let the threat of an angry IT coworker stop you from enjoying your afternoon Sanka. Instead, try the YuZhou Table Cup Holder Clip, which conveniently clips onto a table or desk and keeps your beverage and electronics safe.



Stay tuned for more interesting inventions that make our lives simpler. If you can’t wait for the next blog post, get your fix for practical solutions at Davison.



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Tired of Driving? Just Google It

You’ve relied on Google for years. You need to send your friend directions to your party. Google Maps and Gmail. You need to know the full cast of the Nick Nolte vehicle “Blue Chips.” Google search. You need someone to drive your car while you eat leftover P.F. Chang’s. Google drive?

Yes. Google, who has already tested driverless cars in Nevada, has been developing self-driving cars for a while now and has successfully lobbied for legislative support in California. According to Android Authority, “A bill to allow computer-controlled cars on Californian highways passed 37-0 in the Senate and 74-2 in the Assembly and is now awaiting action by Governor Jerry Brown.”

cars google“The bill will allow companies to test out driverless cars on public roads. The DMV still has to draft rules and will apparently designate the person in the driver’s seat or the person who engages the technology as the ‘operator,’ presumably for legal reasons.”

Google cars use a combination of video cameras, radar and lasers to drive in traffic, and Google says it has driven them over 300,000 miles without an accident so far.

“California is almost perfect for the introduction of autonomous cars. It is large and diverse enough to allow testing in almost all environments. There are regions with almost optimal weather conditions such as Southern California (snow being very unlikely except in the mountains). This is where Google could launch their first commercial trials for car-sharing, taxi or truck/logistics services,” reports Driverless car market watch.

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Does Davison Buy My Idea?

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.


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