June 12, 2015 10:41 am

Inventors thirst for knowledge. They are always looking for more information that provides help for inventors and their endeavors. Luckily, there is a wealth of information available on the internet to teach inventors about brainstorming, intellectual property, marketing, packaging, manufacturing, and other facets of entrepreneurship and inventing. With so much accessible content, however, it may be difficult to determine what is worth reading. We’ve compiled a list of the best resources that provide help for inventors and assist them with self-education on the invention and innovation industry.

Blogs

One of the first places to start when seeking out resources and help for inventors is blogs. There are a plethora of blogs, written by companies, organizations, and individuals, which offer different insights and expert opinions on inventions and innovation. Be sure to check out Idea Connection, Matthew E May, and the InventHelp blog. Try perusing sites such as AllBusiness and Entrepreneur as well; these sites are comprised of guest writers who are authorities on various topics and you’re sure to find a writer whose style you love.

USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a hub of information for any inventor who is interested in learning more about intellectual property or patenting their new product idea. Not only do they host information on their website, but they also maintain lists of resources. The USPTO website contains information which explains intellectual property, hosts patent applications, assists with existing patent searches, and announces classes and events. There is nearly endless information available on the USPTO site, and many of the articles are written so the general public can understand and enjoy them.

Professional Associations

Although it is certainly not necessary to have a membership card to be an inventor, joining a professional association can give you access to networking, events, knowledge, and publications which wouldn’t be available to you otherwise. Your local chamber of commerce may sponsor an entrepreneurial group or host luncheons and there are also many national associations which cater to inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs, such as International Federation of Inspection Agencies, Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network, and Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Do your research on any professional association to see if it is the best fit for you.

LinkedIn

For online networking and forums, look no further than LinkedIn. After setting up your professional profile with your work experience and entrepreneurial interests, join invention and innovation discussion groups. Remember never to disclose any private information about your idea, but feel free to speak in generalities and network with like-minded professionals. LinkedIn is also a great place to read articles and discover events in your area which could provide networking, information, and help for inventors.

Inventors’ Digest

If you prefer to read traditional print media over online articles, you may be interested in Inventors’ Digest, a monthly magazine which “fosters the spirit and practice of innovation” through “useful, entertaining, and cutting-edge information,” according to their website. They also offer past issues online and give inventors and other experts the option to submit articles for guest contributions. Inventors’ Digest also provides help for inventors by hosting their own database of innovation resources.

The George Foreman Inventors University

There are many articles online and some YouTubers offer short, informational videos, but to get full-length, high-quality videos on the various aspects of inventing, InventHelp’s George Foreman Inventors University is the way to go. George Foreman Inventors University hosts streaming online video seminars on a wide breadth of topics, such as licenses, patents, trademarks, branding, crowdfunding, direct response TV, public relations, marketing, and more. As of now, there are seven videos available with various speakers, and more will be added in the near future.

Resources that provide help for inventors are readily available if you know where to look. Blogs, governmental organizations, professional associations, social media, print media, and streaming video all offer valuable content contributing help for inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to assist with expanding their businesses, exploring new endeavors, and enriching their lives.

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