SPOTLIGHT INVENTOR: Johanna van Daalen

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Meet Johanna van Daalen

Inventor of the Refrigerator Light Dimmer

Johanna van Daalen

Describe your invention in five words or less:

A dimmer for your refrigerator.

Why did you create your invention?

Late night drinking, bright light refrigerator, not good.

What would you do if you became successful? 

Pay off my mother’s mortgage!

Favorite famous inventor?

Willis Carrier, the man who invented air conditioning. I live in Florida! God bless him!!

Best advice you’ve ever received?

If you think you’re wrong, then you probably are.

Any pets? Tell us about them!

My dogs are the best! Mo, Lola, and Cocoa (as pictured–below), all rescues, all perfect, all loving!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, Australia.  Holding a koala is on my bucket list!!

How do you spend your free time?

I volunteer my time at the Florida Wildlife Hospital helping to rehabilitate orphaned and/or injured wildlife. I mostly work with raccoons! Love those little guys!

Who do you admire most in life? 

Joy Adamson and Virginia McKenna, two women who have devoted their lives and their love to protecting animals.

What are your top three favorite books, and why?

1. “The Compassion of Animals”

2. “Charlotte’s Web”

3. The Original “Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle” by Edgar Rice Burrows.

The stories in these books show how important animals are to our planet, and how much they influence our lives.

What is your strongest personal quality?

Duh, my love for animals. I like them better than most people!

What is a skill you’d like to learn, and why?

I wish I was Dr. Doolittle; I’d love to talk to the animals and understand them when they talked back!

How would your friends describe you?

Funny and strange at the same time!!!

What would you pick for your “last meal”? 

Even with my love for saving animals, I’d have to say roasted leg of lamb. I was stationed on the island of Crete for 18 months, and Greek food is now in my blood!

Favorite guilty pleasure? 

Salt and Vinegar kettle chips!

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Kate Hudson, of course!!!

Favorite “fad invention”? 

Silly Putty!

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Meet Jason Fletcher

Inventor of the Grill Scraper with Attachable Cleaning Brick.

Jason Fletcher

Describe your invention in five words or less:

Faster, Safer, Cleaner, Versatile

Why did you create your invention? 

I was a chef and at the end of the day when it came time for clean up, I would constantly get burned using the grill brick.

What would you do if you became successful? 

When I become successful, I want to invent more things and one day invent something to change the world or reality as we know it now. I also would spend more time with family, friends, and loved ones as much as possible, as well as help against the fight on addiction. I am sober for 1.5 years now and have been through the struggle myself. My mother is also in a wheelchair due to brain damage she suffered when I was 16, so I have been taking care of her since then. When I become successful, I will provide better healthcare for my mother.

Favorite famous inventor:

Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein

Best advice you’ve ever received?

No matter what anyone says, go for your dreams & anything is possible.

Any pets?

No pets.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Egypt. I would like to study the pyramids and learn the knowledge they had on power as well as many other things first hand.

How do you spend your free time?

I go to the gym, hike, swim, read, fellowship with family and friends, and guide the struggling addict/alcoholic. I’m also into anything adventurous like skydiving, scuba diving, etc.

Who do you admire most in life?

I admire Jesus the most in life. Not only because he is my savior, but also because he is still impacting and changing every day lives today.

What are your top three favorite books, and why?

1. From Faith to Faith a daily guide to victory by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland

2. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

3. Remember Who You Are, Remember Where You are, and Where you Come from Remember by David Icke.

What is your strongest personal quality?


What is a skill you’d like to learn, and why?

I would like to learn to play guitar. I love music and think it would be fun.

How would your friends describe you?

Outgoing, Happy, Extrovert, Caring, Leader, Strong, Willing–Just wants to have fun and enjoy life, but can be serious when it comes to work and has a well-balanced lifestyle.

What would you pick for your last meal?

Steak and Lobster

Favorite guilty pleasure?

My favorite guilty pleasure involves a female friend. If that doesn’t count, then I still chew Nicorette and have quit smoking for over a year now.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

I have been cast in a few TV series and a documentary, so I would have to say myself. But if I had to choose another, I would say Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg.

Favorite fad invention?


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What Did Einstein Invent?

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What Did Einstein Invent

What exactly did Einstein invent? Those events or discoveries which are attributed to Einstein and called inventions are more scientific discoveries than they are inventions. A scientific discovery could result in an invention which Einstein would be given the credit for and that process of discovery could be repeated again and again making him an inventor as well as a scientist. There are those who say that Einstein is not an inventor but a scientist first and foremost. However, as a scientist, all of the things he has accomplished or all of those things accredited to him are considered inventions in the long run and markers along the way of life furthering the cause of human comfort and existence.

Discovery Made By Einstein

He is credited in the discovery and in-depth explanation of the Relativity Theory, Relativistic Cosmology, Post-Newtonian Expansion, Gravity Theory, Critical Opalescence, Zero Point Energy, Quantum Theory of Atomic Motion, Photon Theory, (the concept of the photon was discovered by Albert Einstein), Thermodynamics, Schrodinger Equation, Simulated Atomic Emissions , Bose-Einstein Condensation, EPR Paradox, and, Unified Field Theory. However, there are many more scientific theories discovered and explained by Dr. Einstein than those listed previously.

Article On Einstein Invention

All of the “discoveries” that are mentioned in any of Einstein’s biographical articles, could be attributed to the discovery or invention of something that has become very common place or inevitable to the human race. Einstein spent years proving the theory of relativity in which one of the facts revealed is that nothing is faster than the speed of light!

Research And Theories Of Einstein

Dr. Einstein’s research and theories lead to the nuclear power and atomic bomb invention for which he won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. The atom bomb was not invented by him, the formula or rather, the theory, E=MC^2, required for its invention was first observed by him. We were the first country to make and use the atomic bomb. although it isn’t really an invention, it is useful.

Circular Invention Of Einstein

A theoretical physicist who began as a patent clerk, Dr. Albert Einstein is not considered an inventor by other inventors, although he made valuable contributions regarding the theory of relativity, and important work on the photoelectric effect. He is credited with the Einstein calculator invention and the Einstein refrigerator, which University of Oxford scientists are now investigating in their efforts to develop energy efficient, eco-friendly refrigeration. The Einstein refrigerator used no moving parts, no electricity or harmful gases. Albert Einstein’s numerous contributions through scientific discoveries are invaluable to the world.

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Patent Attorney: Why is this Important?

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Choosing and hiring the right patent attorney is an important decision when you are interested in obtaining a patent for your invention. This is the person  or firm who is going to be largely responsible in guiding you while protecting your ideas. To better understand this process, we’re going to discuss the steps involved in obtaining a patent and why a patent attorney is important to this process.

The First Steps Your Patent Attorney Will Follow

The first step your attorney will take will be to search the database of existing patents to determine if there are any existing patents that might infringe on your invention and cause it not to receive a patent. If nothing is found, the attorney will determine which type of patent suits your invention in preparation for filing a patent  application.

Having Your Patent Attorney File An Application

Once the search and determination of patentability are made, an application must be filed. The contents of the application vary based upon the type of patent, but for most inventions this will include engineering specifications, legal claims, and other portions such as drawings. Fees for the application differ based on the type and size of the patent.

Patent Attorneys And The BPA

The handling of unfavorable decisions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences BPA will require the expertise of your attorney. Objections, arguments, and legal exceptions in the application process may crop up and will have to be handled by the patent attorney. The layman has little chance against the BPA without the knowledge and expertise of a legal professional.

The Importance Of Choosing The Appropriate Patent Attorney

It is important to find a practitioner with expertise specific to the field of patents before filing because of the many pitfalls that could possibly crop up. An attorney’s involvement is important to verify that your idea or invention has not already been patented or is awaiting a patent, as well as to ensure that the application is properly filed and completed so that a patent is successfully obtained.

Being Cooperative With Your Patent Attorney

As much as a patent expert helps you in the filing and appeals process, the involvement of an inventor is often critical in successfully obtaining a worthwhile patent. Working closely with an intellectual property professional helps to ensure that your idea is fully represented and that none of the paperwork falls through the cracks, both being critical steps in the patent process.

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Shark Tank – Behind The Curtains

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I have presented articles before about the favorite television show of inventors and entrepreneurs – Shark Tank. The articles have been about particular products, how deals are done and undone with the Sharks, and the preparations to take before pitching a Shark whether it be on TV or in a downtown office somewhere. This article pulls back the curtains a bit to give you a peek into the show’s production.

A new episode of Shark Tank is not taped on a weekly basis. The entire season is taped in two segments, each a little over a week long on consecutive days with no weekends off. The first taping segment is during the summer with the other one in the fall. That’s it. Twice a year for a total of 17 days or so.

Taping starts at 8:00am and lasts for eleven or twelve hours with few breaks. Dressing and make-up is done a half-hour or more before taping begins. The goal is to tape eight to twelve invention pitches a day. That’s a lot of sitting in leather chairs and looking fresh for the Sharks.

Because Shark Tank is first and foremost an entertainment television show, show producers try to select interesting products by interesting inventors with a story to tell. The goal is to put together a show that viewers will watch so that advertising can be sold. Entertainment factor is always present.

Each “pitch session” to the Sharks lasts an hour on average. There are no breaks during the pitches, even when the back and forth with the Sharks lasts up to two hours. Prior to going into the shark tank, crew members of the show set the lighting, position a dozen cameras, check physical appearances and coach the inventors how to be most effective.

Because people react to stressful situations differently, television viewers will be surprised to learn that Shark Tank employs the services of a licensed psychiatrist. The psychiatrist talks with the inventors before and immediately after their session with the Sharks, win or lose. Expectations are always high, sometimes unrealistically so. The producers want everyone to go home feeling as good as possible with their experience with the Sharks. It’s a good thing that the show cares enough to have a trained professional on set to help with the flood of post tank feelings.

Now that you have had a peek behind the curtains and know a little of what’s going on, hopefully you’ll enjoy this Friday’s Shark Tank a little bit more.

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Spotlight Inventor–Regina Miller

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Meet Regina Miller

Inventor of the Toe Protective Padding

Regina Miller


Describe your invention in five words or less:

Best thing since sliced bread!

Why did you create your invention?

Got tired of stubbing my toe!

What would you do if you became successful? 

Help the less fortunate.

How do you spend your free time?

With my family, my family is my whole life!!

Who do you admire most in life?

My husband, he is absolutely amazing, wonderful, and loving!!

What is your strongest personal quality?

I am very confident in myself in everything I do!!

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Spotlight Inventor–Angela Fischer!

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Meet Angela Fischer

Inventor of the Articulated Tea Party Doll!

Angela Fischer

Describe your invention in five words or less:

Beautifully Interactive For Childrens Imagination

Why did you create your invention?

I ran an ad on my webpage for Doll Restoration and Reroot. A Gentleman answered and requested a rerooted 3′ doll for his wife. As it progresses I was asked if I could replace painted on eyes with a pair of my hand painted Sleepy eyes.
He explained how his wife has Alzheimer’s disease. He wanted to keep Her home for as long as possible and wants a life like  Grown Lady Doll to keep her company.
I told him that I had never done that before. But I would try. .. I did it!!
“Can you make the Face look more realistic to being  grown – up ?”
“I can try” … Well I did that too.
“Can you give her posable joints so she can sit with my wife for a Tea Party, Watch Football.. Etc.?”
Again “I will try.
“You are really pushing my Artistic ability beyond anything I have ever done”.. I said
“I have faith in you” .. Was His response.
So I added some features to make her look more like a Woman. Artistically recreated the face and eyes. Added Long  rerooted Hair.
Last added Knee,Elbow and wrist joints. I would have done more.. But  limited  access to the tools required for more.. Well I could only do so much.
The final result:
“Oh my Gosh, Angelina Jolie!! My favorite Actress!! ” Tears of joy and a life long companion for a  Sweet Lady and Her Imagination.

What would you do if you became successful? 

First : I would have the first Doll sent to my customer that helped inspire this Doll.
There are some charities I will help.
Help the less fortunate.
Set up College funds for my Grandchildren.
Continue my Doll work. For fun and give them away.
Live comfortably.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

Think outside the box and Follow your Artistic Instincts.

Who do you admire the most in life?

They taught me to Be myself. Have faith in God. Stand still and Hear my inner voice. ( and listen to it) And that Love can last a lifetime.
Thanks to them I met my Fiance’ that  supports my decision to be a Doll Doctor which in turn led me to my invention.

How would your friends describe you?

Funny, Bubbly, laughs a lot. Creative.

Those that Really know me .. Would say that I am Honest, loving, Empathetic, a great listener and give great insight to their concerns. I don’t stress over silly stuff. And I don’t gossip. A dependable person to talk to. I love my family, my friends.
I keep my faith in God and the powers that be. That’s what keeps me grounded.

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Regina Miller, creator of the Toe Protective Padding, receives her issued patent!

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Regina Miller, of Moundsville, West Virginia, originally contacted For Sale by Inventor in January 2014 with her invention. The product, Toe Protective Padding, is memory foam with adhesive on one side that can be easily affixed to table-legs, chair-legs, et cetera to remedy to problem of stubbing your toe on those hard, awkward surfaces. This adhesive will not damage furniture and can be easily removed and attached to another location.

After looking at her product, our patent attorneys recommended a Design patent for the best possible protection of her unique invention. The design patent was filed in May 2014, and we started her marketing services shortly thereafter. The mass appeal of her product, as well as the inexpensive manufacturing costs, are features that give her product the best possible chance of success in the market.

Toe Protective Padding by Regina Miller

Toe Protective Padding by Regina Miller

In March of 2016, after two years of excitement and anticipation, Regina’s Design patent issued & arrived in our office. We noted it for our records, and then mailed it off to Mrs. Miller on the same day.  The story of her patent spread quickly in her small community, and the local news soon caught wind of it. Channel Seven news in West Virginia featured Regina and her product in a write-up, as well as video interview.

View Regina’s interview on Channel 7 news here.

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Please join us in wishing Mrs. Miller CONGRATULATIONS!

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How to Draft a Quality ROI

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As a general rule, the inventor’s submission of his or her Record of Invention (“ROI”), is our first and most important step in the process of obtaining a patent.  As we always state, “nobody knows your invention better than you,” and how we first learn about your invention is from your ROI.  It therefore is of critical importance that when you fill out your ROI that you provide us with as much detail possible.

This includes a detailed written description which should cover such issues as what your invention does, how does it operate and what makes your invention different/better/special from other similar products currently available in the marketplace.  Additionally, we recommend including detailed drawings – regardless of your artistic skill level and photographs of all relevant views of your invention if you have made a prototype (remember the old maxim that a picture is worth a 1,000 words).

When an inventor presents this information in his or her ROI, a chain of events is set in motion which results in an efficient and accurate patent opinion…and ultimately a quality application should the patent opinion come back positive.  Therefore, we urge our prospective clients to spend as much time as possible when drafting an ROI by providing the information detailed above, for in our experience, it is time very well spent.

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Inventors that Said “No Thanks” to Shark Tank

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Shark Tank

Setting the Stage

January 2013, ABC-TV hit show Shark Tank where inventors pitch their ideas to five multi-millionaire Sharks for funding. In this episode the inventors are husband and wife, Steven Sashen and Lena Phoenix. The invention is a new type of running sandals to tap into the new fad of barefoot running.

The Negotiation

First came the presentation which went reasonably well. The only major push back was the retail price was deemed too high by the Sharks. The ask was $400,000.00 in return for 8% equity position in the fledgling business, a $5-million valuation. Four of the five sharks passed until finally the center Shark, Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary, proposed $400,000.00 for a 50% stake lowering the valuation from $5,000,000.00 down to $800,000.00.

The inventors countered back with 10% for the $400,000.00. O’Leary refused to change his offer and responded with “You people are probably delusional entrepreneurs.” Push has now come to shove. The ball was back in the inventor’s court and the answer was, “That’s an offer we’re not willing to take at this time.” The episode ended with Sashen and Phoenix walking out of the Shark Tank empty handed.

The Takeaway

Forbes magazine estimates ”the odds of scoring a deal on the ABC hit business show Shark Tank is even less likely than becoming a professional athlete.” So Sashen, Phoenix and their company Xero Shoes really rolled the dice.

The Present and Future of Xero Shoes

Xero Shoes

Xero Shoes started business in 2009. Product manufacturing is done in China with retailers primarily in Japan and Australia. Internet sales is a big source of income. From the get-go to January 2013, sales of their $20-$80 shoes had been about $670,000. The month after Shark Tank, sales jumped to $250,000, and there’s been no looking back.

Since Shark Tank, Sashen and Phoenix have decided to go it on their own – no investors. Cash flow has been strong enough to finance the business and its growth. Sales projections for 2016 is set at $3.2-million with $7-million expected in 2017. The product line has been extended to include sandals and closed toe footwear.

Sashen and Phoneix are realistic about how far Xero Shoes can go on their own. In a couple of years, if everything goes well, our intrepid inventors (aka: delusional entrepreneurs) hope to max out their abilities at $10-million in sales per year. At that time, a Shark may be needed to make the next big jump. Negotiations will probably go much better the second time around for the inventors.

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