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List of local Inventor Organizations

Arizona
Inventors Association of Arizona

California
Inventors Alliance (Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles)
Inventors Forum (Huntington Beach)

Colorado
Rocky Mountain Inventors Association

Connecticut
Inventors Association of Connecticut
Connecticut Invention Convention

D.C.
Inventors Network of the Capital Area

Delaware
Early Stage East (Wilmington)

Florida
Edison Inventors Association
Inventors Society of South Florida
Tampa Bay Inventors’ Council

Georgia
Inventor Association of Georgia, Inc.

Illinois
Chicago 1st Black Inventors/Entrepreneurs Organization
Illinois Innovators and Inventors

Iowa
Iowa Inventors Group

Kansas
Inventors Association of So. Central Kansas
Mid-America Inventors Association (Kansas City)
Inventors Club of KC

Kentucky
Inventors’ Association of Middle Tennessee and South Kentucky
Central Kentucky Inventors Council

Maine
Portland Inventors Forum - Dept Industrial Co-op/Univ of Maine

Massachusetts
Innovators Resource Network (meets in Springfield, Mass.)
Inventors Association of New England
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

Michigan
The Entrepreneur Network
InventorEd, Inc
Muskegon Inventors Network

Minnesota
Inventors’ Network (Mpls./St. Paul)
Minnesota Inventors Congress (Redwood Falls)

Mississippi
Mississippi SBDC Inventor Assistance (University)

Missouri
Mid-America Inventors Association (Kansas City)

Inventors Club of KC

Nevada
Nevada Inventors Association (Reno)

New Jersey
National Society of Inventors (Union)
New Jersey Entrepreneurs Forum (Westfield)

New York
Inventors Society of Western New York

North Carolina
Inventors Network of the Carolinas

North Dakota
North Plains Inventors Congress

Ohio
Inventor’s Council of Cincinnati
Inventors Connection of Greater Cleveland
Inventors Council of Dayton
Youngstown-Warren Inventors Association

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Inventors Congress

Oregon
Portland Inventors Group
South Coast Inventors Group

Pennsylvania
American Society of Inventors (Philadelphia)
Pennsylvania Inventors Association (Erie)

South Carolina
Inventors Network of the Carolinas

Tennessee
Inventors’ Association of Middle Tennessee and South Kentucky
Tennessee Inventors Association (East Tennessee)

Texas
Amarillo Inventors’ Association
Austin Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association (AIEA)
Invent Texas!
Houston Inventors Association

Vermont
Invent Vermont (Woodbury)

Virginia
Inventors Network of the Capital Area

Wisconsin
Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club (Necedah)

Australia
Inventors Association of Australia (VIC) INC

United Kingdom
East London Inventors Club
Croydon Round Table of Inventors


608.0 Invention and patents

Resources limited in scope to inventing and patenting. For resources which address inventing, patenting together with other business functions, see 658.

Patent marketing resources

Includes patent listings (patents available and patents wanted), agents, exchanges, auctions, advertising.
 
 
inventRight
Andrew Krauss and Stephen Key have teamed up to form inventRight. Stephen Key is an award winning inventor who holds over thirty patents worldwide and has licensed over twenty items in the toy, novelty, gift and label industries. Andrew Krauss runs the Inventors Alliance -- one of the largest and most respected inventors associations in the country. Andrew has helped educate many struggling inventors during his ten years at the Inventors Alliance. Andrew and Stephen have teamed up to form inventRight ......... offering mentoring and educational materials to help inventors take that all so important "next step".
Accessory Brainstorms
is a sales, marketing, licensing, and consulting firm that brings fashion accessory, beauty and lifestyle inventions to market.
NewIdeaTrade.com-Free global forum for buying and selling new ideas and intellectual property.
Will It Sell? How to Determine If Your Invention Is Profitably Marketable
yet2.com - Technology Transfer
 

Licensees seeking inventors

Pelham West Associates
See article "Found" in Jan/Feb 2001 issue of Inventors' Digest.
Hog Wild!

Patent & TM Databases and Libraries

PatentHelpBlog.com - A blog that answers your questions about the patent process, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property and other related topics.
B1 - esp@cenet -  your gateway to patents
IPSearchEngine Intellectual Property Patent Search Engine for World Databases
Market Launchers
lists new inventions available for sale or licensing, builds inventors' web sites, new product development, free inventor newsletter.
micropat.com pat/tm search - subscription based
Patent Information Users Group - PIUG
SurfIP -The destination IP portal
U.S. PTO Database

Gen Info, Products, Services, Orgs & Web Sites

 
ART TEC
Electronic prototype design and development for inventors. Over 15 years experience.
Big Idea Group
Booksforinventors Home Page
Creativity at Work
Design My Idea
Dedicated to helping you share your ideas to the world by providing design services to fit your every need. With our personal experience in the invention market we offer unmatched quality and service in industrial design, graphic design, CAD design, digital prototyping, packaging and marketing material development.
Discover Games (Game Inventors' Site)
Feebid
Fee Quote and RFP engine exclusively designed for Intellectual Property legal services.
FREE PATENT FORMS . COM
-- CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS, NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS, PATENT LICENSES, PATENT ASSIGNMENTS, PATENT APPLICATIONS, TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS, ETC.
Idea Rights
IdeaTango A website dedicated to helping inventors be successful. Inventors can display inventions in the virtual trade show, learn from one another, connect with manufacturers and service providers, and win prizes in invention contests. They are currently offering a free trial membership.
 
Lemelson MIT Program
INVENTION CONVENTION ® - Gateway to the World of Inventing
InventNET- Inventors Network
The Inventors Network is a non-profit organization. Our main goal is to provide independent inventors with the newest information and help them develop and market their inventions. Information is provided on: Patent attorneys & patent agents, US PTO fees, Patent search, Prototyping, Inventors at InventNET, Inventors associations , Inventors publications, Inventing Books, Events, News, Government programs & Grants, Invention funding, Business start-up, Selling an invention, Marketing.
Inventors Headquarters, Free help for the novice Inventor.
Inventors Mentoring Services. A free service for getting your idea from the garage to the market place for as little out of pocket money as possible.
InventorEd
Inventure Place, Inventors' Hall of Fame
The Lemelson Foundation
Margolin Development
National Institute of Standards and Technology - Advanced Technology Program
NATIONAL INVENTOR FRAUD CENTER, INC.
The National Technology Transfer Center Home Page
PATENT CAFE
The San Francisco Furniture Design Forum - SF3D
UtahInventors.org
TRIZ - The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving
A proven algorithmic approach to solving technical problems.
 
United Inventors Association (UIA)
Information about inventing, inventors, obtaining a patent, evaluation, marketing and avoiding invention fraud. The UIA is a tax exempt, not for profit corporation formed in 1990 solely for educational purposes. The mission of the UIA is to provide leadership, support, and services to inventor support groups and independent inventors.
U.S. Copyright Office
U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. Here you will find all key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the home pages of other copyright-related organizations; news of what the Office is doing, including Congressional testimony and news releases; the latest regulations; a link to online copyright records cataloged since 1978; and much more.
U.SPatent and Trademark Office
Washington, DC. 800-PTO-9199. Web site offers classification and patent searching, information about patents and trademarks, and directories of public information about patents.

Inventions and Innovations

NewDaVincis - Promotes great creative and innovative products made by inventors, entrepreneurs and talented and successful products creators.
Shop4Patents.com - Posts/advertises patents on their website and provides Inventors with useful Resources and Services.
E Ink
The Great Idea Finder
Market Launchers
lists new inventions available for sale or licensing, builds inventors' web sites, new product development, free inventor newsletter.
 

658 Management

Resources for bringing your invention to market yourself and comprehensive works on invention and management, organized by management discipline.

658.0 General

658.0000 General reference

Small Business School On PBS TV & Voice Of America Radio
Smart Business Supersite
Excellent concise articles in 60 catagories.
Stand Alone, Inventor!
At this site you can learn how to develop and market new products all by yourself. That's what Bob Merrick has done for the past 25 years, and that's what he teaches in his new book: Stand Alone, Inventor!
USPS ZIP Code Lookup and Address Info

658.0016 Bibliography

Pages that primarily reference or list other works including books, articles, other pages, audio, video, broadcasts, programs, etc.

658.0029 Products and services

Pages that primarily list or discuss products and services for entrepreneurs offered for sale or free of charge.
 
SBA Gopher Server
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Non-profit provider of free business advice and low cost practical business seminars to entrepreneurs. Assistance ranging from start-up, marketing, strategic planning, accounting and much more.
 

658.0050 Serial publications

Pages that are periodical (online magazines) or that list or discuss periodicals.
FLASHCommerce - Daily Electronic Commerce News and Discussion Forums on Ecommerce and Small Business Resources
The Crafts Report Online
Entrepreneur Magazine
Inventors' Digest
Samples of useful info published in ID. Extensive topics listing of articles that have appeared in ID, other invention orgs and weblinks, inventor's awareness group and others tips on avoiding scams, and a listing of government services and the Patent Trademark Office, trademark depository libraries, and many other valuable services (prototype makers, patent searches, attorneys, etc.)
 
 

658.0060 Organizations

Pages that primarily list or discuss organizations that inventors and entrepreneurs can join.
 
Association of Licensing Industry Merchandisers - LIMA
A not-for-profit organization of licensors, manufacturers, retailers and other support organizations working for the advancement of professionalism in licensing. Through regional and international events, seminars, exhibits and publications, LIMA is the worldwide rallying point for companies and individuals interested in learning about and participating in the business of licensing.
Inventors' Alliance
Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE)
This is an organization by and for Entrepreneurs, and fosters entrepreneurial activity in diverse fields like IT, biotech, nanotech, energy etc. It brings together a host of resources - financial, legal etc. for the entrepreneur.
Toy Manufacturers of America (TMA®)
Welcome to the American Home Business Association
Edward Lowe Foundation
The mission of the Edward Lowe Foundation is to champion the entrepreneurial spirit by providing information, research and education experiences which support small business people and the free enterprise system.
 
 
 

658.1 Organization and finance

 
BizStats.com
Startup -- startup.wsj.com
Digital Planet Welcome - IRS
The Moneyhunter Home Page
Small Business Planning
Start-Ups
Thousands of free how-to resources geared specifically to help you run your business or department smarter. From America's top writers, books and publications.
Franchise Times Home
IFA - International Franchise Association - Voice of Franchising

658.2 Plant

 

658.3 Personnel

 
Timesheet, Time Tracking, and Time Management on the Internet by ClickTime
Joseph Michaels -The name to know in staffing.
 

658.5 Production

 
Ellison - The Idea Company
Manual die cutter for prototyping, small production, packaging.
Accu-Cut
Manual die cutter for prototyping, small production, packaging.
LABTRADER MAGAZINE LABX.COM
Used Equipment Network
Used Capital manufacturing and other Equipment
Turning Imagination Into Reality
The Job Shop Network: An Outsourcing Site For OEMs
Digest of Rapid Prototyping Articles on the Web
THE RAPID PROTOTYPING HOME PAGE
Rapid Prototyping Technologies at a Glance

658.7 Materials (and services)

Thomas Register
Worldwide Composites (WWC) Search Engine
Global Sources
Welcome to ECeurope.com - The Largest B2B eMarketplace on the Net

658.8 Distribution and marketing

658.8000 General reference

Interbrand brand consulting company
Features survey of 75 global brands worth $1 billion or more.
RIS News - Retail Technology
ClickZ Network Home
Database Marketing Institute
Catalog Age
Demographics- The Right Site
Federal Trade Commission Home Page
Before you market your product, be sure you will market fairly. Visit the FTC site. The FTC seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively, and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The FTC also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. In general, the FTC's efforts are directed toward stopping actions that threaten consumers' opportunities to exercise informed choice.
Glossary of Printing Terms
Media Finder from Oxbridge Communications, Inc.
Promotional Products
Tradeshows, Conferences and Seminars
TSNN.com is the world’s leading online resource for the trade show, exhibition and event industry since 1996. It lists almost every tradeshow!
ExpoBase Exhibition and Tradeshow Directory
Trade Show Central
Trade Show Central is a free Internet service providing information on more than 30,000 Trade Shows, Conferences & Seminars, 5,000 service providers, and 5,000 venues and facilities around the world. TSC connects people who organize and support trade shows with those who attend and exhibit at them.
UPC On-line Database
How to get a UPC bar code
The Direct Marketing Association Home - The DMA
Retail Info Systems News
Jeff Dobkin On Marketing Your Product

658.8029 Products and services

Professional Product Videos by Tytus Entertainment
Do you neeed a video to make your product stand out.
Check out some sample videos Tytus has on his site.

Andex Corp - Stock blisters, blister machine
Search Engine Guide
Your first stop reference for marketing with search engine listings.
Placon - stock clam shells
Associated [plastic] Bags
Uline - shipping boxes, supplies
Dot Packaging - blister and header card printing
ASI - Advertising Specialties Institute (promotional products)
Design and marketing ideas for desktop publishing, web design, and small business
PromoMart - Promotional Products
Huge searchable database of promotional products. Lots of detailed introductory information about the industry. Imprint trade pub online.
Atlas Trademark Search
A time efficient and cost effective first search of U.S. Federal registered and pending trademarks.
NameProtect.com: Search and Register your Trademark Online
FEDEX HOME PAGE
freepolls.com - Free polls for your website
SurveyMonkey.com - Free polls and surveys for your website
Giftware Business Magazine (GBM)
infoUSA.com - Buy Mailing Lists
Jeff Garb Associates Gift Industry Sales Representatives
Good links and info about using reps.
Nat Assoc of Printers and Lithographers
Has directories of printing services including image houses.
NAICS--North American Industry Classification System
Photo Search - The Stock Solution Photography Agency
PHOTOVAULT-Loving Images about the Great Mystery
PR Web - Free Press Releases
TrafficBoost.com - Submission Service
UPS Home Page
USPS - United States Postal Service
USPS Consumer's Guide, guidelines
Standard Industrial Classification Search
Cold Calling For Cowards seminars and publications
Search Engine Watch: Tips About Internet Search Engines & Search Engine Submission
 
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