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Tools Of The Trade For The Independent Inventor [tm]

Hedy Lamarr

1940's Film Goddess Is Responsible For Pioneering Spread Spectrum Hedy Lamarr gif
Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna, Austria, Hedy Lamarr first gained worldwide notoriety when she appeared in a controversial skinny dipping scene in the 1933 Austrian art film "Ecstacy", which at the time was banned by the U.S. Customs Department.

Highlights....
It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time
By Don Kracke

I've never had a bad idea. Nor have I ever met a new idea that I didn't love like a brother. The fact that statistically I fail 97% of the time in getting my brilliant, new product ideas to market, is what we're all about here and now. I am a professional inventor. Over one billion dollars in retail sales have been generated from new products I've had a hand in creating.


In Bed With the Enemy: How to Successfully Partner With Your Competition
By Edwin Richard Rigsbee

Today, strategic alliances are commonplace among large corporations. The advantages allow these companies to successfully compete in the global marketplace. Powerful synergies are the outcropping of these alliances. Smaller companies can derive the same advantages through alliance relationships. I would like to focus on what I call synergistic partnering alliances where competitors can realize great value by building relationships of integrity with one another.


An Inventor Never Grows Up
By "Curious George" Margolin

Edison said that nine words are the keys to invention, the key to youth, and the key to a happy and productive life. He said, "If you never grow up - you'll never grow old.".





News
Headlines...

  • A Special Tribute to Jerome Lemelson
  • USPTO Patent and Trademark Fee Revisions
  • Lemelson Center Spearheads Program to Preserve Rich History of Invention
  • Joanne Hayes-Rines Soars High with the Eagles for Inventor Rights
  • Invention Convention® Trade Show Springs Forward
  • 1997 Bulbie[tm] and Invention Convention® Awards Winners
  • NCIO Goes Online on the World Wide Web
  • Discover Magazine Seeks Nominations for 1998 Awards


    In this issue....

  • PROFILES OF GREAT INVENTORS:
    1940's Film Goddess Hedy Lamarr Responsible for Pioneering Spread Spectrum

  • PUBLISHER'S STATEMENT:
    Welcome to America's Inventor Online
    by Stephen Paul Gnass

  • MASTERING THE INVENTION PROCESS
    It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
    by Don Kracke

  • PATENTS, TRADEMARKS & COPYRIGHTS
    What Kind of Patent Application Should I File?
    by Mark David Torche

  • LICENSEES, ANGELS & SHARKS
    In Bed With the Enemy: How to Successfully Partner With Your Competition by Edwin Richard Rigsbee

  • EXPLORING THE INVENTOR'S MIND
    An Inventor Never Grows Up
    by George Margolin

  • COUNTER PERSPECTIVES
    Why Corporations Most Often Reject Independent Inventors
    by Jim Harris

  • REVIEWS OF BOOKS, CDROMS, VIDEOS, CASSETTES, WEBSITES, ETC...
    Book: From Patent to Profit,
    Author Bob DeMatteis

    Special Review by Stephen Paul Gnass

  • EARTHTRENDS
    The Chinese Tallow Tree - Growing Oil On Trees
    by Stanley I. Mason

  • CRITIQUING THE INDUSTRY
    What Do You Think?

  • ASK DON:
    PTO Q'S & A'S
    By Don Kelly

  • HOW TO SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT
    Statements Sure to Turn Off Your Angel or Venture Capitalist
    by Wade Van Valkenburg


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