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.
Edison Nation 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!
Inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture and share your ideas across any device.
Documenting, Sharing and Tracking Inventions
Google Docs & Spreadsheets
Google applications let you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations that are easily accessible on all devices and shareable.
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.
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.
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.
This site offers 3D printing on demand. At makexyz, inventors can upload 3D models and get immediate quotes for 3D printed prototypes.
Here are some great online resources outlining the “do’s” and “don’ts” of creating a sell sheet:
Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – patents
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
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)
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
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.
This is Google’s free patent search utility, allowing anyone to research patents issued by the USPTO.
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.