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The Invention Process; Royalties; Licensing Inventions/Products; Pricing; Direct to Market; Marketing/Promotions; Patent Searching; DIY patent writing; Types of patents/costs/how to's; Funding (grants and Angel investors); Prototyping; Off-Shore sourcing.

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I am founder of an inventors group; Advisory Board President of; former Licensing Executive Society member; researcher for and a consultant; plus moderate and contribute to several online inventor discussion groups.


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Invention development: well-studied and applied in all aspects of the process and an inventor myself with one invention in patent pending and others ramping up. Lived and attended schools in Mainland China and the UK.

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2016-02-24 Provisional Patent how to market product:

1). I paid a company almost $3,000 to make a website and some pictures of my invention.     Your not the only one who made such a first mistake. If one has to pay money and sign a Contract one knows for


Hi Jennifer,     In answer to your question: it depends.     Do you have a manufacturing-ready (engineering drawings) prototype? If so, research what type of machinery or equipment will it take to mass

2016-02-15 molds ready:

Hi there,     Thanks for your question whose answer can encompass a plethora of options all dependent upon your budget, experience and goals.     Since you have molds and CAD drawings (which we know are

2015-09-12 Integrated Wall Electronic Digital Calendar and Clock product.:

1. Do you feel that it is possible to design and Construct a integrated Digital Calendar and Clock product which can be fixed to the Wall?.     a) I'm not a designer or engineer so I am not the person

2015-06-27 Registering a US provisional patent whilst in another country:

Hi there,     Off the top of my head I do not believe there would be other costs.     However, you should definitely check with your country's patent office first before you file as most of them have a


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