Inventing 101 – How to avoid product liability issues


There are different types of product liability to think about when perfecting your ideas. We want to arm you with all the information you need to make your invention idea safe, reliable and irresistible to potential licensing partners. According to Cornell University Law School, the legal definition of Product Liability is as follows: The liability of

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The Patents Matter Hangout

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Congress is considering sweeping changes to the U.S. patent laws. The Innovation Alliance and Save the Inventor are hosting a Google Hangout on Wednesday, October 7, at 3PM EST to discuss pending patent legislation and the dangers they pose for American inventors. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) will participate in this bipartisan

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Couldn’t make it to Atlanta for the Amazon Inventions Tour?

We’ve got you covered.

Here’s a recap of the innovators, startups and teams that brought it all together.

Edison Nation teamed up with Amazon to host the first ever Amazon Inventions Tour that took place this past weekend in Atlanta (Friday, 9/25 and Saturday, 9/26). Innovators and startups from all over traveled by car, plane and Greyhound bus to get to Atlanta. Just how far did they come? We’re glad you asked. Here’s a handy heat map:

Where in the world did our inventors travel from?

Where in the world did our inventors travel from?

Clifford May with his son

Clifford May and his family road tripped all the way from Arkansas to Atlanta.

Sheila didn't let popemania get in the way of her trip to Atlanta.

Shelia Cockburns Chinatown bus from New York City was delayed by Pope Francis’ visit, but even #Popemania couldn’t keep her from Atlanta.

Friends and inventors Adam Adams and Bill Ward

Adam Adams flew from San Francisco to meet his friend and inventing partner, Bill Ward in Atlanta.

On Friday morning at 7am, the doors opened to the Amazon Inventions Tour. All attending innovators and startups were asked to first check in at registration where Michelle Sartori and myself greeted each one and handed out individual presentation times.

Entrance to the Amazon Inventions Tour

Entrance to the Amazon Inventions Tour

Upon check-in, all of our attendees were invited to listen in on Friday’s lineup of speakers, which included Tom Charron from 3D Systems, Mitch Cohen from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Suzanne Oldham from Suzanne Oldham Consulting, Matthew Hoffman from Greenberg Traurig, Jessica Mindich from the Caliber Collection, Geert Christiaansen from Philips Design, Paul Earle from Farmhouse, Louis Foreman from Edison Nation, Jim Irvine from Cyndx Advisors, Dr. Jean Wright, M.D. from Carolinas HealthCare System, Bradley Leong from Tandem Capital, Dan Dimezza from Sequential Brands Group, Jason Feldman from Amazon, Jonathan Wood from Bridgestone Americas, Marco Carvalho from Toys Talk and Renee Finley from GuideWell.

The weekend’s full speaker series was sponsored by Philips.

Geert Christiaansen Senior Director Design Innovation, Philips Design, talks to the crowd.

Geert Christiaansen, Senior Director Design Innovation, Philips Design, talks to the crowd.

Amazon's Head of Global Innovation, Jason Feldman, shares how customers come first at Amazon

Amazon’s Head of Global Innovation, Jason Feldman, shares how customers come first at Amazon.

CEO of Toys Talk, Marco Carvalho talks toys to the group

CEO of Toys Talk, Marco Carvalho talks toys to the group.

On Friday evening, event sponsor Budweiser hosted the “Budweiser Brew House” happy hour and networking reception for all. Attending innovators and startups were invited to enjoy free drinks and food, as well as the chance to catch up with the Edison Nation team, meet the Amazon innovation team and participating speakers and sponsors.

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Cold beer tasted awfully nice for those innovators and startups who made it through the first day of pitching and presenting. If eating and drinking wasn’t your thing, you could network, play Cornhole and spark conversations with those around.


Indiegogo's Kate Drane talks to the crowd about what makes for a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Indiegogo’s Kate Drane talks to the crowd about what makes for a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Saturday kicked off a new day of pitches, presentations and speakers. On the line up? David Donovick from Pivotal Living, Dipanjan Nag from Prediqtus, Craig Sampson from Farmhouse, Peter Hardigan from Theranova, David Harkins from the Boy Scouts of America, Erik Feingold from Sharecare, Tony Knight from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Jill Schmidt from JillSchmidt PR, Kate Drane from Indiegogo, Greg Johnson from Orbital Socket, Chris McIntire from Agent Authority, Milton Tjin from United Sales and Marketing, Kristi Gorinas from the Kristi G Company, Kimberly Duva from Amazon Media Group, Eric Huber from Edison Nation, Nicholas Chaillan from Nesting Partners, Brandon Adams from the University of Young Entrepreneurs, with closing remarks and a Q&A with Jason Feldman of Amazon.

Greg Johnson shares his insights.

Greg Johnson shares his insights from Orbital Socket.

Kristi Gorinas tells her story of being a mompreneur inventor

Kristi Gorinas tells her story of being a mompreneur inventor.

Eric Huber shares how to come up with your own "aha!" moment

Eric Huber shares how to come up with your own “aha!” moment.

While the Philips Speakers Series was happening in Hall A, innovators and startups were quietly being called back to make their pitches and presentations to either the Edison Nation or Amazon teams. We queued up inventors five to eight at a time, and they got to know each other in a short line outside of the presentation rooms.

Innovators wait outside their respective pitch rooms.

Innovators waiting outside their respective pitch rooms.


Each pitch room had four judges waiting to hear about that innovator’s great idea. Upon arriving into the room, each individual had about two minutes to prep their invention, five minutes to present, as well as some closing time for dialogue with the judges.

This father and son inventing duo walked out of their pitch looking impossibly fresh, don’t you think?

Father & son inventing pair at the Amazon Inventions Tour.

Amazon’s head of global innovation, Jason Feldman, took the stage for the final presentation on Saturday evening. As he wrapped up his talk, he kicked off a Q&A with the crowd. To everyone’s delight, the first question asked was, “This event was awesome. When and where will you do it again?”

Amazon's Jason Feldman closes the weekend with a presentation and Q&A.

Amazon’s Jason Feldman closes the weekend with a presentation and Q&A.

Stay tuned to the blog for updates from the first Amazon Inventions Tour, as well as plans for future events with Amazon. In the meantime, if you have a bright idea to share, Edison Nation is always on the lookout no matter where you are!

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InvENtor Spotlight: A Q&A with Thom Cicchelli

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For our September Inventor Spotlight, we’re highlighting Thom Cicchelli (or as some of you know him, Thom C)! Thom has been an active Edison Nation member and Insider since 2008! We wanted to get to know Thom a bit better to learn about his background and his EN experiences so far… Where is your hometown?

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protoTYPING: Popping crisp and fresh collars with the Perky Collar

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Everyone wants to look their best with minimal effort, which makes clothing and clothing care ripe for innovation. Local Charlotte inventor, David Frankel, was frustrated that the collars of his shirts were always drooping, and he knew there had to be a way to keep his collar looking crisp and fresh all day long. His

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5 Amazon Launchpad Success Stories


As if the ability to order your groceries online, a food delivery service, the Kindle and offering every product ever created online wasn’t enough, Amazon is branching out into the world of startups. Amazon Launchpad is a unique program that showcases cutting-edge products to millions of Amazon customers. Amazon’s Launchpad has the resources to build

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Second idea licensed to Norpro, Congratulations Aubrey Avila!

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  As a busy mom, Aubrey Avila is always looking for ways to simplify everyday tasks. When she was experimenting with a new type of dessert and found it difficult to make, she saw a challenge, got to work on a prototype and did not stop until she perfected it. The folks at Norpro agreed

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Inventing 101 – Solving potential engineering challenges for your idea


In addition to cost, in the Edison Nation eight-stage evaluation process another factor taken under consideration in Stage 5 are potential engineering challenges associated with your product. Once a product design is realized, engineers need to determine how to execute that idea to make it a reality. Edison Nation’s goal is to ensure your idea can

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10 Resources for Inventors to Transform an Idea into a Product


The days of cantankerous, electrical-socket-haired inventors locked away in their workshops are over. Modern invention hinges on the collaboration and funding that comes with the resources that are available today. Innovative apps, websites and programs are being created to help inventors receive funding, advice, production, marketing and more. These resources make it easier than ever

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New product search with Swiss+Tech

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You never know when you’ll need a pair of scissors, a sharp edge, serated knife, wire cutter or a bottle opener. Things break and repairs are needed on the go all the time. It’s in these moments when having a multitool product is extremely useful, because let’s face it… we’re not all like MacGyver. Swiss+Tech® produces

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