How to Sell Your Invention Ideas to a Manufacturer for Money

Updated on June 30, 2020
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I had licensed several of my products to companies in the past. I'll share what you need to know before you try to sell your own ideas.


Does This Describe You?

  • You tend to think of innovative ideas for new products or improvements to existing products.
  • You modify the way existing products work to make them serve your own needs.

That makes you an inventor!

Most inventions are the result of products we envision to solve problems we encounter in life.

If no one else has thought of your idea, and you have not shared it publicly, and no one else has a patent on it, then you own the rights to your design, and you can sell those rights. I'll tell you what you need to know.

Don’t underestimate the power of your imagination.

— Barbara Corcoran (Investor: ABC's Shark Tank)

Beware of Companies Who Sell Patent Protection

I’m not saying patents are not necessary. They are. They protect your rights to your claims on your invention. However, you have to know when, and if, you need one.

Many people make the mistake of paying expensive attorney fees to do a patent search and for filing an application before they even investigate how marketable their idea is. Besides, patents are only helpful if you have the money to bring a lawsuit against a plagiarist.

Did you know that Coca Cola never patented their soda? If they had, they would have given away the secret recipe, because the information would have been publicly available on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.

Many companies will be glad to take your money and help you get a patent. They aren’t crooks. They're just selling you what you wanted. They won’t bother to tell you that your product won’t sell, or how to improve it to make it marketable. That’s not their business.

You need someone on your side that will tell you the honest truth. Inventing new ideas is not a quick way to become rich. You’re lucky if you even succeed in getting an idea on store shelves.

Doing it on your own might be the worst way to attempt this. You may have a vision for a useful invention, but it's helpful to have a team of professionals who know how to plan for your success.

Invention Representation With a Team on Your Side

I found a company called Edison Nation that will work for you to get your product into the hands of a manufacturer that wants to license it. They will even build a prototype, if needed, and do research with your product in the lab to make improvements.

They will do this at their expense if they determine that it's patentable and marketable. They will also protect you with a Non-Disclosure Agreement on every idea you submit.

You both need to agree not to disclose your idea. If you already told anyone about it or showed it to anyone, you may lose your rights. You need to verify that you had not done that when you submit an idea. They can’t waste time on an idea that you already disclosed to the public.

Their objective is to commercialize your idea. They will evaluate your idea through several stages, and you can follow the process online (on your account Dashboard).

If it’s not marketable, they’ll tell you what's wrong with your idea and how to improve it. If it makes it to the final stage of evaluation, their team will pitch your product idea to manufacturers who partner with Edison Nation for product licensing opportunities.

The goal is to license it to a partner who would ultimately manufacture, market, and distribute the product. Edison Nation will handle all patent work, and you will be listed on the patent as the inventor.


My Due Diligence Checking Out Edison Nation

I’m sure you’ve seen ads on TV by companies offering to help you get your idea created. We never know how legitimate these companies are. Friends have asked me how I knew I wouldn’t get screwed.

Well, I reviewed the background of Edison Nation, and I trust them for several reasons:

  1. First of all, I found out about Edison Nation from their founder, Louis Forman, when I read his book “Independent Inventors Handbook.” He is also the founder and CEO of Enventys that is in partnership with Edison Nation. Enventys has a team that creates prototypes and helps bring products to the market.
  2. In addition, Daymond John, one of the investors on ABC's Shark Tank, had done business with them. See his video below.
  3. Lastly, I’ve seen products on TV that were a result of licensing deals acquired by Edison Nation. I even see products in Walmart that were profitable Edison Nation endeavors, like the Perfect Bacon Bowl. I listed a few more below the video.


Raymond John's Idea Search With Edison Nation

Edison Nation Products

Some Edison Nation products may be familiar to you. You may have seen them on store shelves or television. All those listed below are also on Amazon. Just think for a moment what ideas you might have imagined.

  • Eggies® (Hard-boiled egg cooker)
  • Emery Cat® (Cat toy with a claw duller)
  • Gyro Bowl® (Non-spill cereal bowl for kids)
  • Slice-O-Matic™ (Effortlessly slices fruits and vegetables)
  • Mister Steamy® (Amazon's Choice of highly rated products)
  • Perfect Bacon Bowl™ (Makes edible bowls out of bacon)

Your Invention Is Your Intellectual Property

Your idea is legally your Intellectual Property (IP). If it's a novel idea that's non-obvious and is patentable and marketable, then it's worth something.

You don’t necessarily have to build your idea yourself. You don’t even need to spend money to make a prototype. You can license your idea to a manufacturer who will develop and sell the product.

Letting Edison Nation Do It For You

I prefer letting Edison Nation handle the legalities of negotiating with a potential manufacturer and procuring a patent.

They will see to it that your name is included on the patent and that the manufacturer accepts the responsibility of registering a trademark for a nifty product name and defending the patent.

How Much Does All This Cost?

Edison Nation doesn't charge you for this work. They make their money when they succeed with licensing your idea to a manufacturer who will bring your product to market. Then they share the royalties with you 50/50.

Working with Edison Nation is not entirely without cost. They need to protect themselves from wasting time with zillions of silly ideas that people want to submit. For this reason, they charge a submission fee of $25 for every design you submit.

The Intellectual Property rights continue to remain yours, and you can pull out and go your own way anytime during the process, as long as it didn’t get to the finalist stage.

I'll discuss those stages in a moment.

How You Submit Your Ideas to Edison Nation

Some people just draw an idea on a napkin and submit it. That's all they require, but the more you give them to work with, there will be a better chance that they understand your idea.

At the very least, it's necessary to explain how it works, its benefits, and why it's better than any competing product.

When I had submitted my ideas, I did the following:

  • In some cases, I just wrote up a simple explanation of my idea, but with as much detail as I could imagine.
  • In other cases, I drew design specs and images of my idea.
  • In one case, I created a prototype to show my idea in action. I made a video of it functioning that I took with my iPhone.

Anything can be uploaded when you submit an idea: text, images, and videos. Once you upload your description and all the files that go along with it, your submission will be at stage 1.

Regular submissions for all categories continue through eight stages of evaluation. There is also a special evaluation process of six stages for "As Seen On TV" type products.

Stages of Evaluation Process for "All Category Search"

Stage / Description

  1. Submission Received.
  2. Pre-Screen to determine if it can be licensed.
  3. Initial Review and patent search.
  4. Research and Design to determine mass-market appeal.
  5. Final Consideration to match licensees and consider competition and pricing.
  6. Final IP Review to determine if it meets patent requirements.
  7. Finalists: Product will be presented to licensing partners for consideration.
  8. Success: Product has been selected by a manufacturer for licensing.

If your idea is something that might sell well on late-night infomercials, you can submit to the category for “As Seen On TV” where Edison Nation does their own development and production to create a marketable product for television sales.

Stages of Evaluation Process for “As Seen On TV” Search

Stage / Description

  1. Initial Design with 3D renderings to determine market interest.
  2. Multiple industry experts vote if it should proceed.
  3. Survey by a focus group to gauge market interest.
  4. Web Testing using prototypes made with 3D printers and laser cutters to determine purchasing intent.
  5. TV Production of a commercial for media airing and analysis to decide if the product is profitable.
  6. Launch: If success up to this stage, a worldwide TV campaign begins.

You’ve Got a Whole Team On Your Side with Edison Nation

Edison Nation has a team experienced with negotiating deals with manufacturers.

They already have their foot in the door, because they partner with many well-known development companies such as Fisher-Price, General Mills, Mattel, Petsmart, Proctor & Gamble, Pyrex, and Skil Tools, to name a few.

They also partner with retailers such as Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Home Shopping Network, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart.


Can you imagine the legwork you’d have to do if you tried to get an interview with these companies? Besides, do you even have the resources to protect your idea?

From time to time, these companies, and others, come to Edison Nation in search of new product ideas. That gives you another opportunity. You may have an idea that fits a specific search request, or you may think of one as a result of a new search request.

Besides specific search categories, you can always submit your idea to the “All Category Search” that I mentioned above.

You Can Be an Insider With Edison Nation

There's no membership fee for having an account with Edison Nation, and you can submit your ideas any time you dream up something new. However, I highly recommend becoming an insider. That costs just $99 annually or $9.25 monthly.

I find that insider status is paramount to success because it includes all the following:

  1. The product submission fee is reduced from $25 to $20, and free submissions can be earned.
  2. Weekly access to a private online forum where they share inside information and preliminary announcements.
  3. Early access to search requests by manufacturing partners looking for new products to license.
  4. Subscription to Inventors Digest Magazine mailed to your home monthly.
  5. Detailed feedback with constructive criticism when an invention is determined not to be marketable.

My Experience With Edison Nation

I joined Edison Nation in 2016 and spent my first few months getting to know other innovators in their forum. I decided to become an insider before submitting my first invention.

I already had submitted several ideas and received tremendously helpful feedback. I submitted most of my ideas to the "All Category Search." However, I actually dreamed up a couple of my ideas when Edison Nation notified us of manufacturers who were looking for product ideas in specific categories. That got me thinking.

I had resubmitted a couple of my ideas with design changes when they were rejected after getting as far as stage 3 the first time. It’s a learning process, in my opinion.

The feedback provided to insiders is priceless. That information is useful to help make changes to my invention and resubmit, or to apply to other ideas. Insiders can resubmit free, as I previously mentioned. Therefore every failure can go on to possible success.

Why Constructive Criticism Is So Beneficial

Item 5 above is extremely useful. When you’re not an insider, you don’t get a personal response telling you why they turned down your product idea.

Only insiders get personal attention, such as the following examples:

Existing Patent Was Found

I had a case where I received feedback telling me that they found an existing patent that described my idea. I had missed that when I did my own patent search.

There are many people in the world, and we think alike. That’s why you need to move fast on an idea. With the ease of submitting ideas to Edison Nation, I don’t procrastinate.

Too Large for Store Shelves at Price Point

Another time they explained that a product I invented would be too large and take up too much retail space for the low selling price that it would require. For that reason, no retail store would be interested in it.

That’s good to know. You may feel upset if this happened to you, but the truth is that you now would have the opportunity to either redesign it, and resubmit it, or move on to envisioning something else and not waste your time on something that may never sell.

Resubmitting an idea is free after you make changes. They only charge the submission fee for the first time per idea.

Constructive Criticism for Improvement

As an insider, I also received constructive criticism that gave me ideas for improvement.

If you’re on your own, you might be spinning your wheels, never getting anywhere. All because you have no one honest enough to tell you what you need to hear.

Are You Serious About Your Success?

If you're serious about getting your product on store shelves, then the ability to accept constructive criticism is crucial. I find that to be a gold mine.

Unfortunately, some inventors think their idea is the best thing since sliced bread, and they can’t understand why no one wants it. You need to be able to take constructive criticism.

If this bothers you, then the business of marketing your innovations is not for you.

How To Bring Your Ideas Into Reality and Sold in Retail Stores

Edison Nation focuses on doing the heavy lifting so you can concentrate on just dreaming up your ideas. They will build a prototype, if necessary. They will experiment with your idea in their lab to determine how well it will work and how well it will provide a solution for the problem it was meant to solve.

If your idea passes all the preliminary stages as I listed earlier, Edison Nation will work at finding a manufacturer who will license the idea. They even work out the legal arrangements.

None of this costs you anything, except for the small submission fee, which, as I mentioned, is meant to keep people from submitting any old stupid idea.

In return, you agree to share the royalties 50/50 with Edison Nation.

Of course, if you want to keep all the money yourself, you can do all that heavy lifting yourself. However, be ready to spend a lot of money building prototypes and traveling across the country, visiting manufacturers to make sales pitches. That’s assuming you even get through the front door.

When you work with Edison Nation, you avoid the risks involved with doing everything yourself, since they find a licensee who assumes the cost of development, distribution, and legal protection.

Meanwhile, you free up your time to work on your next invention. I think that’s worth sharing the income 50/50, so Edison Nation does all the risky and time-consuming things for you.

Not All Ideas Are Successful

Thomas Edison tried hundreds of methods to get a filament to burn for an extended period before he made the light bulb function well. He never really found the best solution, even though he patented his idea in 1879.

Patent laws only protect claims one makes. If you file for a patent and don’t include all the claims you can think of for an invention, then someone else can get a patent on additional claims that may improve upon the idea.

Edison had competition with his light bulb. Another innovator, Joseph Swan, had also successfully filed a patent for a light bulb in the same year, claiming a better filament idea. In addition, Swan’s light bulb was the first to be used in homes and public buildings.

Who got the credit? Well, you know the answer, and that’s another story.

Examples of My Failures

I’ve had my failures, and I’m glad Edison Nation was there to give me detailed reasons. I can’t tell you about the ideas I have in the works, but I can give you two examples of failures because there’s no loss with making it public.

Unique Cat Playing Apparatus

I designed a cat toy where cats can run through and around, discovering exciting locations in a maze-type apparatus.

Without going into any detail about this idea, I just need to tell you that Edison Nation determined it might not have much mass-market appeal. They explained that based on the low selling price and with it being a large footprint product, there would be concerns by resellers about large shipping and shelf space requirements.

Drip Coffee Maker with Oscillator

I envisioned this idea would force more flavor out of the coffee beans. I even made a video showing a working prototype that I built using an electrodynamic vibrator attached to an existing coffee maker.

I thought I did my due diligence with research to try to find any preexisting patent claims, but I missed one. Edison Nation found a patent that claimed: “a coffee maker wherein the drive includes an electromechanical solenoid, a linear motor or a linear actuator.”

Notice how the claim covered every possibility of creating oscillation. That’s what makes a good patent—listing all possible claims. But for me, it killed my chances.

Am I disappointed?

No. For a cost of $20 each, I received detailed reports on the research Edison Nation did in-house at their expense.

They did a lot of work. Both product ideas went through acceptance appraisal, pre-screening, and initial IP review stages before being caught up in the “Research & Design” stage with the findings I mentioned.

I consider that a team effort of people working on my behalf to move forward with a successful product or to save me the time I would have wasted going any further on my own.

Do I Really Believe In Edison Nation?

I’m a pragmatist. I’m always hoping for success, and I do my best to achieve it. I learn all I can find about anything new with which I get involved.

Having said that, I do trust Edison Nation. I’ve done my due diligence. However, I am also aware of the odds against me, and you should understand that too.

I learned that there are roughly 9,000 idea submissions a year. I came to that conclusion based on the numerical indexing of my submissions over six months. I might be wrong with my assumption of the numerical indexing they use. Other data I found online by other researchers claim roughly 150,000 idea submissions per year!

Edison Nation has filed well over 600 patents as of 2015, according to an article in The Motley Fool. Each of these is an idea that has been licensed to a manufacturer. But not all of them lead to commercial success.

That may seem like not good odds. However, the way I see it, those odds are no better if you go at it alone. For that matter, there are a lot of mistakes you can make that lead to failure when you don’t have a team of professionals on your side who know the ropes.

I recommend that you review Edison Nation's terms and conditions, as you should do with any company with whom you work. Also, you should contact a patent attorney when necessary.

Considering everything, I’d prefer to let Edison Nation do the heavy lifting for me. You never know what can come of it.

Video: Edison Nation Turns Ideas Into Sellable Products

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • What if the licensee wants to buy your invention out or make a deal where you receive a cash advance upfront with royalties?

    Edison Nation will negotiate on your behalf if you make it to the finalist stage (stage 7) as I explained in my article. If it is selected by a manufacture (stage 8), then you will be notified of the progress and you will know exactly what is being offered.

    Generally Edison Nation works out a deal where you receive royalty payments, shared with Edison Nation.

    I can’t comment on a buyout or cash advance, but if you want to know if that happens and how it’s handled, I suggest you join Edison Nation. Then you will be able to ask questions in their forum about those types of issues.

    See my article again in case you missed anything. See the section on “You Can Be an Insider With Edison Nation” – I have a lot of information there about membership.

  • When do we fill out the non-disclosure form with Edison Nation when selling an invention idea?

    You digitally sign a non-disclosure agreement each time you submit an idea for review. It attests that you have not disclosed any information about your idea to anyone.

    First, of course, you have to sign up as a member. It's free. You only pay a small fee when you submit an idea. This fee helps avoid people submitting silly things that waste the time of the reviewers.

  • Do I need a non-disclosure agreement form sent to me when I sign up with Edison Nation?

    Every time you submit an idea online, you digitally sign a non-discloser agreement for that item. You do not do it when you sign up as a member.

    You have to agree that you have the rights to the idea and that you never shared it with anyone in any form – in person, in a video, or written description.

    Once you show it to anyone without having that party sign a non-disclosure agreement, you lose your rights and Edison Nation can no longer accept the idea for review.

  • What if the idea has already been patented, prototyped, tested, and demonstrated to potential investors, but has not hit the market yet. Does it still qualify for Edison Nation to look into it?

    If you already had patented your idea and demonstrated it to potential investors, without a non-disclosure agreement, then your idea no longer qualifies for Edison Nation to handle it. However, if you do have a non-disclosure agreement, then they may still legally take over continuing the process for you. It’ll be their decision after reviewing your case.

    On the other hand, if you came up with the idea, but you discovered that someone else already had a patent on it, and already had a prototype and showed it to potential investors, then it might be too late for you.

    The only exception might be if your idea has additional features that serve the potential user, and those features are missing in the other person’s patent description. It would help if you scrutinized their patent. Having it reviewed by a patent attorney would be crucial in that case.

    If their patent has been written well by a good patent attorney and includes claims for every possible configuration of the idea, with claims for all possible features and modifications, then it’s best to move on and try to work on another idea.

© 2017 Glenn Stok


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    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      6 weeks ago from Long Island, NY

      Sankar Krishnan - Providing a solution for something that people need is always the best strategy to get a product licensed. You just need to make sure no one else already filed a patent for the idea.

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      Sankar Krishnan 

      6 weeks ago

      Do the chances of a product being licensed tend to increase when the solved problem becomes a need rather then simply a product.

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      8 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Brent - Edison Nation will review any idea. Sometimes they have manufacturers requesting ideas within a particular niche. But you can always submit general ideas too.

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      8 months ago

      Do they work with ideas geared more for B2B?

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      8 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Anto Yeretzian - If you want help, submit your idea to Edison Nation as I explained in this article.

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      Anto Yeretzian 

      8 months ago

      I have patented my idea and have a cad drawing aswell looking for a licensing agreement can you help me?

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      10 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Heath McGaha - Just follow the steps I explained in this article with Edison Nation. It's all there for you. Good luck with your ideas.

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      Heath McGaha 

      10 months ago

      I literally have 20+ ideas I have had over a year span. I have google patent searched them all. My issues is getting them from paper to product. dealing with PPAs, prototypes, etc. some could be a win and some may not go anywhere I just need help and time getting to the next step.

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      Glenn Stok 

      13 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Carmen Rowe - If you don’t have a NDA with the person or company that you gave details of your idea to, then you no longer can get patent protection. No other company will want to get involved for fear of litigation. The company you gave the information to might go and manufacturer the product in their name since you didn’t protect your rights.

      If that happens, you’d have an expensive litigation on your hands to recover your loss, but you’d probably lose the case since you have nothing in writing.

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      Carmen Rowe 

      13 months ago

      What if you have not singed anything yet. But they know what i have in mind

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      14 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Omotunde Temitayo - Your letter in your comment is not something you should be posting online. It looks like you intended to send it to an agency or manufacturer who will collaborate with you. Did you actually read my article? If you did, I don’t think you would have posted your letter here. If you are serious you need to read everything and educate yourself.

      You said you posted your inventions on Instagram. Unfortunately that means you no longer can license the idea to a manufacturer. No one will touch it now.

      You gave it away to the public domain by publishing it. You no longer have rights to patent the invention, and no manufacturer will patent it in your name since you already disclosed it on Instagram.

      If you ever come up with another idea for an invention, you need to protect your rights by not disclosing it to anyone without a non-disclosure agreement.

      I did not approve your comment for listing here for your protection, since you included your personal information.

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      17 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Chris Kennedy - Just follow the guidelines I gave you.

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      Chris Kennedy 

      17 months ago

      How can I donate my invention.Box stand fan

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      Glenn Stok 

      17 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Lonnie Ingram - Good luck, but just remember the issues with a patent as I discussed, and check for existing patents first before wasting time with a prototype. And if you missed any part of this article, go back and read it. Everything you need to know as a beginner is covered.

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      Lonnie Ingram 

      17 months ago

      I have a safety invention that's in need of a prototype and patent.

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      18 months ago from Long Island, NY

      For information on licensing your product to a manufacturer for marketing, see my other article...

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      21 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Herman Williams - You will lose your rights to your idea if you divulge information about it to anyone without a non-disclosure agreement. You are right that you will no longer be able to get a patent on it.

      For this reason, Edison Nation will not accept any assignment if you had disclosed it without that protection. They provide a mutual non-disclosure agreement that you have to digitally sign before you submit your idea so that both of you are protected going forward.

      By the way, you don’t pay Edison Nation for their work. They make money from the royalties that are shared with you. The small $20 fee per submission helps avoid people submitting endless useless ideas that would only waste their time.

      You do have the option of buying an insider membership. But that's your choice and it’s not mandatory.

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      21 months ago

      Ive been a product developer for twenty years, and fully understand that you should never pay any money upfront to to companies like Edison. The FTC said if you send them copies of your invdntion, means it has been exposed and will not be able qualify for a patent

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      vikram singh - Read this article carefully. I have addressed all your questions.

      The problem is that you already have a patent. Many people prematurely spend a lot of money on patents and never investigate to find out if other patents already cover most of their claims. Did you do that? If not, then it may already be a lost cause.

      Edison Nation will give you the support you need to carry your invention through, if it’s good enough and if your patent is unique and non of your patent claims are covered by other patents.

      Note: I did not post your comment for your security because you put your phone number in it.

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Larry W. Fish - Thank you so much for your description of your experience. I'm curious to know what compensation you got for developing this solution for your company.

      Before I started my own company, when I was still employed in a large firm, I did something that brought them a lot of money. I asked my boss what part of that do I see? His answer: "Sorry, you're on salary."

      That was when I learned it's better to create inventions outside of employment and then license the idea to a large firm.

      So I'm wondering if this is the same way you were treated for your riveting machine modification.

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      Larry W. Fish 

      2 years ago

      An interesting article, Glenn. I worked in manufacturing for 30 years so this article kind of hit home. I worked as a production worker, a machine set-up person, and as a maintenance machinist. In my one job I worked closely with engineers. I once developed a riveting process to rivet a contact to a part that the company had been trying off and on to do for 30 years with no success. I worked on an off for quite some time and hit on the success when I realized it was in the type of riveting machine used.

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Nell, now go to "Google Patents" and do a patent search. It's easier to use than searching the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Go to and do a search there.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      I did just look up on google the one thing I remembered having an idea for, even though it was years ago, its still not there, so you never know! lol! thanks again.

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Nell, if you have a lot of ideas, you may want to join Edison Nation. You never know what takes off. However, it's important to do a Google search first to rule out that your idea exists. I do that in addition to searching the patent office website. It's common, unfortunately, to discover that someone else already thought of your idea too. It happened to me a lot.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      Wow! I never knew that you could draw something like the guy in the video and then send it to them and boom! I have 'invented' so many things over the years! and of course never had the money or idea how to copyright or invent them! thanks Glenn, great ideas!

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Mary, You probably saw Edison Nation listed on my LinkedIn. I'm working on another article where I talk about the problems people run into when trying to innovate and market inventions on their own.

      Thanks for congratulating me for the recent HubPages award. I am grateful that so many have voted for me and will continue working to deserve the recognition.

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Glenn,

      I have seen you mention Edison Nation before so this was interesting to know how it works.

      I can see how the feedback would be very useful. I think we can all believe we have a fantastic idea, and develop tunnel vision about it.

      Like you said, they can determine more objectively if it is marketable.

      Thanks for this article, and congratulations on your recent HP award.

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Thank you Dora. And congratulations to you too for winning the "most trusted" award.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on your "Most Helpful Hubber" Award. This article is proof of the valuable help you have been offering. Thanks for sharing the research. So thoughtful--and helpful!

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      suziecat7 - That's great that you have a idea for a product. If you do decide to sign up with Edison Nation, make sure to browse their forum. There are a lot of other innovators there who gladly share useful information about the business of inventing.

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      2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks so much for this great Hub and really useful information. I've had an idea for some time now and didn't know what to do with it. Now I do.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I've always been curious about these types of groups and the patent process. Did some reading on it many years ago and determined that it wasn't for me (at least until I think of something of genius!). Thanks for the review of Edison Nation. Have a great weekend!

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      2 years ago from College Park, MD

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