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Inventors Network of the Capital Area — January 14 2010 meeting

December 21, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Business, Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

Monthly Meeting – Inventors Network of the Capital Area
McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
January 14, 2010

The speaker will be Keith Barritt of Fish & Richardson PC. Mr. Barritt will be giving a presentation “Trademarks 101.” Keith’s bio can be found here. For more information: http://www.dcinventors.org/

Product Search for Inventors: BestSweet seeks ice cream-inspired candy

August 28, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Patent Articles 

New Live Product Search: BestSweet seeks ice cream-inspired candy

Candyholics rejoice! BestSweet, a top confectionary manufacturer, is turning to you for creative, new ideas for products to add to one of their deliciously notable candy brands.

BestSweet is now turning to our Edison Nation members to this leading ice cream brand’s next hit candy item that will appeal to the lucrative ‘tween consumer (ages 8-13). For this Live Product Search, BestSweet wants you to think outside the box of established candy varieties, such as Junior Mints® or Milk Duds®. BestSweet is looking for your product concept ideas in sweet new flavors and in any shape or size. Whether its minis or bite-size squares, consider the whole package concept and your buyer. What new candy would grab the hard-to-catch attention of ‘tweens?

For this Live Product Search, your product concepts must:

  • Retail in stores for $2.00
  • Appeal to the ‘tween consumer
  • Fit within a leading ice cream manufacturer’s line of branded candy
  • Be unique and patentable

Click here to learn more about the BestSweet Live Product Search

Open Innovation Web Sites

June 6, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates 

A number of Open Innovation web sites have appeared inviting creative minds to participate in ideation with the offer of a financial reward for those folks who generate marketable products.  Several of these sites include:

An index of Open Innovation Sites

http://www.openinnovators.net/list-open-innovation-crowdsourcing-examples/

Technology Needed/ Available sites

http://www.yet2.com/app/find/category?type=2
http://www.innocentive.com/
http://www.tekscout.com/

Corporate Open Innovation Sites

HP’s Open Innovation awards to 45 Professors
http://www.hpl.hp.com/open_innovation/irp/2008_results.html

Product Ideas/needs

P&G Open Innovation Challenge – idea sourcing in Britain

http://www.britishdesigninnovation.org/index.php?page=newsservice/view&news_id=5091

Ideas Unilever – corporate venturing

http://www.ideas4unilever.com/research/ideas4.nsf/index.htm

BMW Customer Innovation Lab – in German

http://www.hyve-special.de/bmw/index1.php

LeadUsers.nl & Live Simplicity – Philips crowd-sourcing

http://www.openinnovators.net/fellowforce-open-innovation-problem-solving/

Kraft – innovate with Kraft

http://brands.kraftfoods.com/innovatewithkraft/

Dell IdeaStorm – external idea sourcing

http://www.ideastorm.com/

General Open Innovation Sites

http://www.redesignme.com/
http://www.cambrianhouse.com/how-it-works/
http://www.ideascale.com/

2009 National Medal of Technology & Innovation

May 2, 2009 by · Comments Off
Filed under: Inventor & Entrepreneur Updates, Patent Articles 

Since establishment by Congress in 1980, the President of the United States has awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (formerly known as the National Medal of Technology) annually to our Nation’s leading innovators. If you know of a candidate who has made an outstanding, lasting contribution to the economy through the promotion of technology or technological manpower, you may obtain a nomination form as well as information on eligibility and criteria from the NMTI web site.

DATES: The deadline for submission of an application is May 29, 2009.

ADDRESSES: The NMTI Nomination form for the year 2009 may be obtained by visiting the NMIT web site.  Nomination applications should be submitted to Jennifer Lo, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail to: NMTI@uspto.gov or by mail to: Jennifer Lo, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450.

Tech Night on May 7

April 22, 2009 by · Comments Off
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Hampton Roads Technology Council (HRTC) hosts it’s annual premier event, Tech Nite, for high-tech companies, individuals, entrepreneurs, and innovations of the Hampton Roads, Virginia region on Thursday, May 7, 2009.

Tech Night will be held from 5:30PM to 9:30PM at the below address:
The Westin – Virginia Beach Town Center
4535 Commerce Street
Virginia Beach VA 23462 USA