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Need Patent Help?

I just made the patent deadline by the skin of my teeth! Mailed overnight, one day before the deadline.

The provisional was filed 7/15/08, which gives one year “Patent Pending” until you file the final application.

From my research, I decided not to file the final application by myself.  Stats show that self submitted applications usually get kicked back.

I found Patent Attorney’s start at $4,000-$5,000 minimum than also charge by the hour.  However, Patent Agents which are registered with the US Patent & Trademark Office are qualified to submit the application and charge usually half this cost.   Paying an Attorney that kind of money for a idea where the outcome is uncertain was not an option for me.

Therefore, I posted an ad on Craigslist seeking patent help.  I received a response from a registered Patent Agent who offered to help at a fraction of the cost of an attorney.  Even more so, my deadline was only 2 weeks away at the time.   I don’t know of any attorney who would adjust their entire workload schedule to meet my deadline!

Robin Lopez, Patent Agent has an engineering background and more importantly is an Inventor himself.  To my surprise, he can also help with 3D drawings for prototype development.  I’ve been very impressed with his knowledge, responsiveness and attention to detail.

Call for a FREE Consultation…. and mention my name.

www.BrainStormPatents.com

If anyone would like to discuss the process, please send me a message – mytweakz@gmail.com

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It’s a wrap for June, video pitch done!

I just finished my video pitch for TWEAKZ this weekend.  Happy that I didn’t push the July 1st deadline until the last minute……I work great under pressure! 

Tirelessly all week I edited pitch after pitch.  Never realized how unforgiving video was until I started filming myself.  I make so many weird expressions with my face, I will definitely be more cognizant about this going forward and somewhat paranoid.  

Having the video finished is a big accomplishment for me, especially since it was made all by myself. 

What a relief to be done with it! 

It’s now in the hands of Casting to determine if Tweakz will be a good fit for the show.  I’m proud to say that I did my best with the video.

Women Inventor Show Casting Information

I showed the video to one of my friends and she was really impressed. This made me feel good since I’m my worst critic.

Thank you to all of my online friends for your advice and support.

I really hope that you will be seeing me on the widescreen HD TV!

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Power in Numbers

5,000 Friends is my Facebook goal.  That’s the MAX allowed or it would be higher.

Why do I keep adding friends?

I’ll admit it’s a lot to manage and sometimes overwhelming. My reason, Power in Numbers.

All it takes is that one simple message update, comment or reply from a friend to ignite a spark; create an idea or change your direction.

Today was a clear example of exactly this.  

“Lisa Tweakz Reading up on how to get my product on HSN and QVC.”  This was my post from the other day on Twitter and Facebook.  Not much response, but today I received a comment that made all the difference.

HSNShoppingDivaRT @tweakzme: Reading up on how to get my product on HSN…[Normal way: http://is.gd/H8yv. Fun way with Kelly Ripa & TLC: http://is.gd/BnpY]

The 2nd link sent to me from HSNShoppingDiva, is for the casting of a new Inventors show!  Take a look:

Women Inventor Show Casting Information

This is right up my alley and I had No Idea about this show. The deadline for a video submission is July 1st.  My prototype is being reworked and will have to submit by then.

Thanks to the power of Facebook and Twitter, I’ve never been so connected and in-tune to what’s happening!  Call this response  fate or fluke, I believe it’s Power in Numbers.

I feed off the brain power and creativity of my online community and continue to build my arsenal of knowledge.

More Contacts = Increased Possibilities.  Please know, this is a 2-Way street.  I strive to be a responsive friend and add value when possible.  Although I can’t comment on every post, I promise to respond to all direct personal messages.  I’m always available to offer guidance and encouragement.

The support and talent of the people I meet online is truly amazing. THANK YOU!

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Be a Cheap-O!

Time & Cost will be twice the amount estimated.  I’m slowly learning this. People are eager to spend your money.  Quotes will come in a very wide range.

Starting a new business venture in a recession has been very intimidating for me.  It’s been vital to stretch a buck out of ten cents. This comes natural for me with my penny pinching upbringing.

Alot of things can be done on your own to save money.

Corporation, trademark, copyright, tax certificate filings can all be done on your own. All the online applications are self explanatory. Just a little time and effort.

As for patents, a bit tricker and would suggest assistance.  In my case, I posted a free ad on my localCraigslist for help with patent assistance and found an inventor to help at a fraction of the cost.  Do use caution and check for references and completed work.

Shop online, and get multiple bids until you find the bottom…….you can find everything cheaper!

Challenge yourself, push to learn things that you didn’t think possible.  You’d be amazed at what you can do when you stretch the ol’nogen.

I’m not a tech person by any means, yet created my own website and blog.  My MacBook is loaded with software that is elementary to use and great for a starter site.

Save all you can on the little things, it adds up.  You’ll need it for the big ticket items of manufacturing and final patent issuance.

  1.      www.elance.com – Name your price and have freelance professionals bid on your projects. 

 

  1.      Read the “How to Dummies Books” to master virtually anything.  

 

  1.      Shop manufacturers & distributors registered with Thomas Register.

 

 

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Simple Stupid Ideas

It all started with a simple idea.   So simple, that it seemed stupid.  This simplicity lead to doubt.

 

But I began to think about all the other simple ideas on the market;

 

Post-It-Notes;  paper with sticky glue

Hair Scrunchi;  elastic hair tie with fabric around it

Paper Clip;  bent piece of metal

Drinking Straw; plastic tube

The Spork;  spoon & fork in one utensil.

 

Not Einstein inventions by far, but the list is never ending…..

 

The key here is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  Solve a problem or take a simple everyday product and make it better.  

 

Don’t wait for that big idea that will change all of humanity – it will never happen.

 

Find something realistic. It should appeal to a niche market, be simple and cost effective to develop. If you have deep pockets, then shoot for the stars!

 

Look at it this way,  if your idea only appeals to 1% of the population, that’s still over a million people!

 

My idea hit me and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I ran it by friends and family who were all in support of it’s marketability and mass appeal.  Plus, I believed in it.

 

Once you get in the inventor mind set, all kinds of stuff will pop into your head.  Brainstorm daily and write everything down.  Next, go through your lists and determine which ideas are most feasible considering market appeal, development costs and advertising.  Most importantly,  which idea strikes your passion.

 

Ways to get your creative juices flowing:

 

  1.      Be curious, learn and read books not on your typical subject of choice.  Expand the mind.

 

  1.      Stimulate yourself to new sounds, sights, conversations and tastes.  Window shopping is a great past time.

 

  1.      Everyone should have a creative outlet. It keeps the brain stimulated.  What did you love to do as a kid?

 

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