15 Online Resources to Help YOU Become a Better Inventor

15 Online Resources to Help YOU Become a Better Inventor

Let’s face it, there are a lot of online resources out there to help inventors, with Edison Nation being one of them.

It can be overwhelming to anyone to search for information and resources, from someone getting ready to share their first idea to the most seasoned inventor. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 15 online resources to help you on your inventing journey, touching everything from capturing an idea to creating a sell sheet to researching patents.

Recording Ideas

Edison Nation Sparks

www.edisonnation.com/dashboard/sparks

This is an app we have built into your Edison Nation Dashboard where you can capture your moments of inspiration and seamlessly turn them into full-fledged ideas. You can also download our iTunes Sparks app!

EverNote

https://evernote.com/

Inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture and share your ideas across any device.

Documenting, Sharing and Tracking Inventions

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

https://gsuite.google.com/

Google applications let you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations that are easily accessible on all devices and shareable.

Drawings

SketchUp

www.sketchup.com

Sketchup provides a variety of easy-to-learn software for 3D modeling and more. It is designed to behave like an extension of the user’s hand to provide a great user experience.

Tinkercad

www.tinkercad.com

This is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app. A great first step for those who have little to no experience with 3D designing.

Prototypes

Enventys Partners

www.enventyspartners.com

Enventys Partners is a leader in product development and marketing for more than 15 years. They design, prototype, manufacture, fulfill, crowdfund and market new products.

makexyz

www.makexyz.com

This site offers 3D printing on demand. At makexyz, inventors can upload 3D models and get immediate quotes for 3D printed prototypes.

Sell Sheets

Here are some great online resources outlining the “do’s” and “don’ts” of creating a sell sheet:

How to create a sell sheet that actually does the selling for you 

14 Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing One Sheets

Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – patents

www.uspto.gov

This is the official site from the U.S. Government and it is loaded with valuable information to help anyone who is either researching, filing or maintaining patents.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – trademarks

www.uspto.gov/trademark

This site is a subset of the main USPTO page, and allows users to apply for, register and research trademarks.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – Inventor Assistance Center (IAC)

https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/support-centers/inventors-assistance-center-iac

The Inventors Assistance Center (IAC) provides patent information and services to the public. The IAC is staffed by former Supervisory Patent Examiners, experienced Primary Patent Examiners, various intellectual property specialists and attorneys.

U.S. Copyright Office

www.copyright.gov

This is the official site from the U.S. Government for all things related to researching and registering copyrights. The site also provides an overview of copyright law, federal laws and regulations.

Google Patents

www.google.com/patents

This is Google’s free patent search utility, allowing anyone to research patents issued by the USPTO.

Miscellaneous

Grammarly

www.grammarly.com

Grammarly makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free. From the site, you can install a Windows app, Microsoft Office add-in and Chrome app for free.

While Edison Nation does not require formal 3D models, prototypes or a patent if you’d like to submit your idea, we do hope these resources help you navigate some of the online tools available to help you as inventors.


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