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How (and Why) to Improve Your Sketches

How (and Why) to Improve Your Sketches

Inventors have a large toolbox filled with different skills and talents, and sketching should be somewhere in the mix. Making quality sketches is a talent, and it’s a talent that all inventors should work on. If the rough drafts of your new product or idea don’t impress, it’s that much harder to get funding or …

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What To Do If You Can’t Draw

What To Do If You Can’t Draw

You’ve tried everything to create a visual representation of your invention to no avail. Any attempts at sketching even the roughest draft have failed miserably. Or perhaps you have a disability preventing you from being able to draw. Regardless of the reasoning, what can you do? You simply can’t draw. If you or anyone you …

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The Best Apps for Sketching

The Best Apps for Sketching

Most of the time, if you want to sketch, you just grab a sheet of paper and a pencil and go to town. But for scientific projects and digital artists, you might need something a bit more electronic. These are our picks for the best ways to draw on your PC or tablet. AUTODESK SKETCHBOOK …

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Copyright, Patent, and Trademark: What’s the Difference?

Copyright, Patent, and Trademark: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever used the terms patent, copyright, and trademark interchangeably, you’re not alone. The difference between the three can sometimes feel negligible at best. Instead of mistaking definitions, however, here’s a brief overview of each term and how they apply to the confusing world of intellectual property. NOTE: While this is a general guide …

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Inventions That Are (Surprisingly) Not Patented

Inventions That Are (Surprisingly) Not Patented

If you ever invent something original and useful, one of the first things you’ll hear is “make sure you get it patented!” It seems like solid advice- after all, a patent gives you the right to stop others from making, selling or using your idea without permission. But there are plenty of ideas, products, and …

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A Brief History of Patents

A Brief History of Patents

Patents provide important protection to a successful idea, but few people know how complicated the process of obtaining one can be. The US patent system has a long and complicated history. Or at least it was a complicated, until now, thanks to our crash course in the history of patents in the United States. Before …

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Father’s Day Grilling Gadget Giveaway!

Father’s Day Grilling Gadget Giveaway!

THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT DADS! They’re there for us through thick and thin and taught us the value of hard work and dedication. Whether they choose to spend Father’s Day in front of a grill, working on the family car, or on the golf course, it’s their time to shine. We wanted to …

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‘Tis the Season for Inventor “D”elight

‘Tis the Season for Inventor “D”elight

As we put the final touches on our holiday preparations and the last bows on each of our presents, in the spirit of the holiday season, there’s nothing quite as special as seeing the smile on someone’s face as you give them a gift. But, it’s safe to say that receiving a gift can be …

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Having a Bad Day? It’s National Look on the Bright Side Day!

Having a Bad Day? It’s National Look on the Bright Side Day!

Pursuing your invention dream is much like a rollercoaster. It’s filled with ups and downs, as well as twists and turns. With that being said, there are different parts of the process where you’ll be traveling at high speeds and others when it feels like you’re slowly climbing up a hill. It’s the latter point …

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It’s Sew Be It Day!

It’s Sew Be It Day!

  It’s September 10 and you know what that means, it’s Sew Be It Day! Did you know that on this day in 1846, Elias Howe was awarded the first American patent on a sewing machine? Howe realized that there had to be a Better Way to sew clothes rather than stitch by stitch. So, …

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