Read Our Reviews - Florida Trademark & Patent Attorneys
Florida Patent, Trademark & Copyright Attorneys | Call 954-452-0033
(954) 908-6291
Available 24/7
Serving Inventors Throughout
the United States & Worldwide
Florida Patent, Trademark & Copyright Attorneys
Call UsEmail Us
video-gallery
June 27, 2023
John Rizvi, Esq.

Free Learning Tools and Resources for Product Inventors From “The Inventor Lady” Rita Crompton

Read Full Post



00:00

Yeah, so that's—a lot of inventors, they don't really understand the process of working with manufacturers, distributors and marketing. And it's overwhelming to learn all of that. You have a couple of tools that I'd like, maybe if you can spend a minute talking about—the Inventor’s Roundtable, the Inventor’s Desktop, and the Invent Vault. Tell us a little bit about that, and how that might help inventors.

Well, the Inventor’s Roundtable is meetings, virtual meetings that we have. We have a virtual roundtable, we have for the West, and then for the East. So you know, if you're west of the Mississippi, you're generally on the west side. And if you're east of the Mississippi, or on the east side, but not always, because you know, they're on different nights in different time zones. So if somebody can't make one, you can join the other. The conversation is always directed by the inventors who are attending. And a lot of times your best information comes from the inventor next to you on the screen. So we've learned a lot. The Invent Vault is no longer, you know, a requirement. I think it still shows up on one of the websites, but it was for the virtual loading, so you could protect your information. But now with all of the you know, Google Drive, and you know, the OneDrive and all of that stuff, they've pretty much caught up to it, which is fine. It gives inventors a place where they can store their stuff, and then be able to log into it from any place. And so that's been a wonderful advancement of technology for inventors. But I always encourage inventors to join a group. And if you've got—if you're in a metropolitan area, a lot of times there will be an inventor group. But if not, certainly join one of the virtual groups, you know. The Inventors Roundtable has been going on for 15 years. And it's one of the things that we really look at to be able to answer questions for inventors. So, it's free. Membership is free. We are one of the gold seal approved groups for the United Inventors Association. I'm an ambassador. Several levels of my organization are sponsors for the United Inventors Association. But I think one of the big things for inventors early on is that they feel alone. And sometimes they you know, they have those knee jerk reactions to you know, oh, you know, “I'm going to do this next. And I'm going to do this next.” And then they find out that, like you said, you know, they may have, you know, gotten somebody to make them a really expensive prototype. And they didn't, they didn't need to do that yet. One of our taglines for the inventors roundtable was, “Don't spend a dime until it's time.”

02:27
And, you know, then when it's time, you need to step up to the plate. But when you're looking at, you know, conserving those early dollars, it's really important because you're gonna need them on the back end of that. And, you know, so crowdfunding is tough. If I've got to have somebody that says, “No, I'm patent pending anyway, and I've got a sexy prototype,” that you have to have for crowdfunding, go to a professional trade show. You know, a good crowdfunding campaign takes six months to tee up. And then you’ve got to work 24/7 for about six weeks. It's faster and cheaper to go to a trade show. And then I'll get people that want to ask about “Well, I'll get, you know, venture capital.” No, no, probably not. Because with venture capital, you've got to go into that early stage manufacturing, and you've got to have sold some, and you do then need that business plan to prove that they're putting their money into something that's got some legs on it. Their preference is really those things that are not necessarily consumer products, but the techie stuff. So it's really tough for an inventor to go out there, even if they have done all the work.

Best things are what we call the three F's: friends, families and other fools. I've seen some inventors do well with getting, you know, other family members because then they're not doing the deep dive into the product as much as they do believe in the inventor, they believe in their family member, their friend. There was a gentleman that was at one of the meetings, he invented Post-a-Note. Man, wouldn't you have liked to have had that one in your arsenal? But he's got partners that specialize in different arenas, and they've helped him with his 39 other patents get into the marketplace. So, sometimes that partner, what you want to make sure then is that you do have an attorney review the agreements, because the mistake I see investors make is they give away too much for too little money. And so you need to think bigger numbers.

© Copyrights 2024. The Idea Attorneys (The Patent Professor®). All Rights Reserved.
The Idea Attorneys

10394 W Sample Rd #201,
Coral Springs, FL 33065, United States

(954) 908-6291https://www.ideaattorneys.com/

About Us

At the law offices of John Rizvi, P.A. - The Idea Attorneys®, we have dedicated our practice exclusively to securing and preserving the intellectual property rights of our clients, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, and franchising matters.
© Copyrights 2024. The Idea Attorneys (The Patent Professor®). All Rights Reserved.

Services

Copyright Law 
Protecting Trademark Rights 
Trademark Law 
Patent Law 

Our Patent Attorneys & Agents

Marina Acosta 
Brittini Thacker 
Rafay Asrar 
Cristina Bautista 
Jonathan Bloch 

Get in touch

Hours of Operation

Available 24/7

Follow Us

Florida Patent, Trademark & Copyright Attorneys | Call 954-452-0033
© Copyrights 2024. The Idea Attorneys (The Patent Professor®). All Rights Reserved.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.