Creating a prototype design for your new invention

An important step in the invention process is the creation and testing of a prototype design. It is not only a useful tool in the marketing and licensing of your new invention but also can help you, as the inventor, to know if your idea really works. Whether put together from objects found around your home, manufactured by a third party, or even a created as a 3D printed model, many industry professionals consider an invention prototype an essential part of moving your idea to the next level. Read More >>


Pitch an Idea or New ProductYou have decided to pitch your idea or new product to a company. Are you feeling confident and energized by this prospect? Or are you nervous and unsure how to even begin? If you fit into the latter category, don’t despair. There are a number of inventors who feel the same way as you. Below we share some tips that show how to pitch an idea to a company. Read More >>


Innovative Problem SolvingInventions come in many different shapes, sizes, and levels of complexity, but their goal of solving an existing problem is the same. Through the use of innovative problem solving techniques, inventors have been able to change the world—or at least their corner of it—through creation of innovative inventions designed to tackle challenges large and small. Read More >>


brainstorming problem solving invention innovation One of the ways inventors come up with cool invention ideas is through a process called brainstorming. Did you know that “brainstorming” itself was an invention?

The Inventing Invention

Originally presented in the 1953 book Applied Imagination: Principles and Practices of Creative Thinking, author Alex Osborn identified brainstorming as a theory of steps involved in the creative process of spontaneous thinking, including some or all of these phases:

  • Orientation (pointing to the problem)
  • Preparation (gathering pertinent data)
  • Analysis (breaking down relevant material)
  • Hypothesis (collecting alternatives by way of ideas)
  • Incubation (letting up to invite the illumination)
  • Synthesis (putting the pieces together)
  • Verification (judging the resultant ideas)



testimprovedInventions are the world’s great problem solvers. Innovators find problems and devise new and clever ways to solve them. What makes one solution better than the rest? Great invention ideas grow from making sure you are not only solving a problem but solving the right one. Great innovations take old problems and find new ways to look at them. Read More >>


NASA New Inventions That Need To Be Made

Happy National Inventors’ Day!  In honor of this day for inventors, we thought we’d shed light on a major part of inventing – problem solving.

No matter how big or small, inventions should not be taken for granted for at some point they solved a serious problem for a new mom, member of the military, fashionista, or perhaps someone who loves engaging in do-it-yourself activities. Creativity, innovation, as well as determination are employed to produce a vast array of new inventions throughout the world.

Solving a problem or finding its need has been going on for hundreds of years. Early man was determined to come up with inventions of his own, such as the wheel that still plays a pivotal role in our lives today. Perhaps the best way to discuss what type of inventions are needed in the future is to examine some of those that solved various needs in the past.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has invented a multitude of products since its inception in 1958. This prolific problem solver has created many products that have made our everyday lives more comfortable and safe. While the products were initially designed for urgent needs and to solve many safety, comfort, or technical problems, they have also solved numerous everyday problems when they became part of the mainstream. Read More >>


Dragon's Den TV Show LogoDragon’s Den originated in Japan with variations that then spread to various other countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Israel, Ireland, as well as the U.S. With the popularity of Shark Tank growing throughout the U.S., we thought we would take a look at its predecessor to the north.

The Canadian version of Dragon’s Den began airing in 2006 and is currently in its eighth season. With some 2 million people tuning in each week, it’s one of Canada’s most watched shows. The current season features 20 episodes with five special episodes: student special, holiday special, second chance show, update special, and a Canadian-themed episode.



InventHelp’s beloved mascot, Cavey the Caveman, has met his match this holiday with his new friend “Elf on the Shelf”. Take a look at their new friendship in some photos we’ve captured of them getting into the holiday spirit.

Cavey and Elf get some much needed eggnog.

Elf on the Shelf and Cavey the Caveman Drink Eggnog



To continue our month-long discussion on the ABC hit television series “Shark Tank” we have decided to take a look at a few of the ideas that were floated about the tank and possibly received a few nibbles from the sharks. While many individuals have tackled the subject of best and worst ideas, the best pitches to the sharks, the most lucrative deals, as well as financial flops; we decided to start with a rather broad category: a few ideas that, well, captivated our attention and we found rather intriguing. These products possibly made us ponder: “Why didn’t I think of that?” “How can I get one of those,” or “How the **** did they think of that?” Through five seasons, 253 entrepreneurs have appeared on the show providing quite a bounty of possibilities.



ABC's Shark Tank TV ShowFor the InventHelp staff at our headquarters in Pittsburgh, the “Shark Tank” took on a new meaning during baseball season. These relief pitchers led the Buccos to a winning season and their first trip to the playoffs during Buctober (yes, we even changed the name of the month) in too many years. While the team didn’t make it to the World Series, they brought back an interest and excitement for baseball in the ‘Burgh.

For the rest of the country, the more well-known “Shark Tank” is the ABC hit television series currently in its sixth season. The investors or “Sharks” include six tough talking men and women who vie to make a deal with entrepreneurs who plead their case. Executive Producer Mark Burnett, the creator of “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” adapted the show from “Dragons’ Den”, a Japanese reality TV show. Throughout the world, the venture capitalists may be referred to as tigers, dragons, lions, or sharks in Ireland, Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

As every other big-network reality show has lost viewers, “Shark Tank” has been slowly building viewer success. During its fifth season, the audience grew 15 percent to reach an average 7 million viewers on what is usually a low-rated night: Friday. The show won its time slot and climbed 17 percent among young adult viewers. “It’s exciting to people, in a down economy, to be able to watch a show that can teach them how to take control of their own life: I think that’s liberating and empowering,” states “Shark” and former real-estate titan: Barbara Corcoran.

Try swimming with the sharks yourself Friday nights at 9:00pm EST on ABC and stay tuned for the rest of the month of November as we talk more about every inventors favorite TV show.

ABC has ordered four more episodes of Shark Tank. Combined with the two additional episodes featured in October, that brings the total order for season five to 28 episodes! In addition, CNBC has licensed the exclusive off-network cable rights to Shark Tank. Starting on January 7, 2014 Shark Tank swims over to CNBC at 8 and 9 pm on Tuesdays.

Looks like we have a lot more Shark Tank to look forward to in 2014!

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