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Inventors Find Simple Solutions to Real Problems

This article below is about an inventor who created a holder for car interiors for fast food dipping sauces. A Simple concept, but a problem many have that no one has addressed before. Their Kickstarter Goal was $10,000 and so far they are over $32,000.  There are plenty of opportunities for inventors today. They have 39 days to go to raise more money.

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Inventors design car holder for fast food sauces

by: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Nov 26, 2017 – 3:55 PM

t’s a simple solution to a messy problem: fast food dipping sauce and car interiors.Â

In steps the DipClip, a holder that perfectly fits those sauce containers and easily affixes to air conditioning vents in most vehicles.

“It’s a convenient holder to hold many sauces from many different fast food chains,” DipClip co-inventor, William Moujaes told WOIO.Â

The invention is the brainchild of a problem encountered by the design group 10 years ago during a short road trip. They stopped at a fast food drive-thru and realized they could not easily enjoy their condiments without making a mess.Â

So they went to work designing a universal product to hold sauce containers. The holder fits sauces from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Chick-Fil-A.Â

Company founders decided to further develop the invention and have gone to Kickstarter with a goal to raise $10,000. They have raised more than $32,000.

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Meet 3 Inventors From The Grommet

Originally published by By Jean Lotus,  Denver Patch  Nov 23, 2017 

DENVER, CO — Three successful Colorado inventors will be displaying their money-making inventions at a meet-and-greet event in Denver Nov. 30. Tinkerers who have successfully marketed their ideas through The Grommet will be visiting the Alameda Station Ace Hardware store Nov. 30. Ace has partnered with The Grommet to bring consumer-created products to market. The event takes place between 5-8p.m. at 417 S. Broadway in Denver.

Grommet calls this “the first event of its kind in the nation and we are excited to be hosting it here in Colorado which we know is a hot bed of great ideas and innovation!”

The Colorado inventors scheduled to appear are:

Colorado-based Maker Bryan Pinchuk, inventor of Magnetack. Push Pin Magnets Bryan wanted to show off concert tickets and posters without putting holes in them. He realized that push pin magnets would be the perfect solution, but he couldn’t find any. So he made is own! Click here to view the story behind Magnetack.
Colorado-based Maker Elsie Hamilton, inventor of Lilly Brush. Be Forever Furless.  Designed with the help of one very furry and lovable rescue dog named Lilly, the Be Forever Furless Brush is ready to rescue you from pet hair and muddy paw prints everywhere.  Click here to view the story behind Lilly Brush.

Colorado-based Maker Chris Clearman, inventor of Matador. Packable Bags and Gear. These packable bags and gear began with a walk in the park – and no place to sit. Chris created a compact, lightweight, use-anywhere blanket first to solve that problem, and has since expanded his products to include other functional, easy-to-use essentials.  Click here to view the story behind Matador.


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Patents are crucial to the U.S. economy. That’s what Paul R. Michel, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, told members of the U.S House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. Both in-person and in supplemental testimony, Michel strongly urged Congress to strengthen the patent system in order to support the nation’s economy.

He wrote: “Without the proper incentives provided by the patent system, investment in innovation will falter, and the U.S. economy will suffer. The health of the American patent system is therefore of the highest national importance.”

Michel went on to list nine key benefits of improving the U.S. patent system:

Economic growth
Creation of net new jobs with competitive salaries
Productivity increases
Enhanced global competitiveness
Increased family and individual incomes
Increased tax revenues to support crucial upgrades in citizen welfare and physical infrastructure
Technological leadership
Technological developments to address environmental issues
Economic and national security

Read Judge Michel’s full supplemental testimony here.

Learn about how a weakened patent system is hurting small inventors by reading our recent blog, Why the U.S. Patent System is Losing its Luster.

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Financial Times global business columnist Rana Foroohar published an insightful and well-researched column in October that highlighted the importance of strong patent protections to the U.S. economy. She wrote:
“There is little doubt that strong IP protection is linked to stronger economic growth. A recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that holding a patent (and being able to defend it) increases the probability of securing venture capital funding by 53 per cent, start-up job growth by 36 per cent and start-up sales by 51 per cent. Another paper, “Patents and the Wealth of Nations” by Stanford academic Stephen Haber, found that countries that protect patents enjoy stronger economic growth.”

Foroohar described how a large coalition of inventors, life sciences and tech companies, universities, venture capitalists and others believe patent rights have been dangerously weakened in recent years and a rebalancing of the system in favor of inventors is needed. She wrote:
“Indeed, the only ones that seem not to be complaining about the current system are a handful of the biggest Silicon Valley companies – including Google, Apple, Intel and Cisco…””But small and mid-sized software and hardware suppliers as well as life sciences companies have very different business models… For many of these companies, the shifts in the system that began a decade ago have gone too far.”

Foroohar also explained that the “patent troll” narrative that has driven the push for further patent-weakening legislation has no basis in reality, writing:
“In 2013, then president Barack Obama issued a report saying that patent lawsuits were rising, and two-thirds of all patent suits were brought by trolls. But that report was itself influenced by the Big Tech narrative on patent trolls…

“The White House report didn’t account for the fact that the America Invents Act itself artificially jacked up the number of cases by changing rules to disallow plaintiffs from suing multiple defendants in a single suit, thus necessitating that the number of suits equal the number of defendants…”

“The conclusion? Trolls have been overblown as a patent issue.”

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“Well I started Masimo, we launched our product and about two years later this company came out with an infringing product. If we were unable to sue the patent infringer, we would have just been out of business. But, the fact that the patent system was as strong as it was, it allowed us to get this important innovation into the marketplace and then to protect.” -Joe Kiani