turn ideas into successful new products.

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Invention Pilot™ builds upon thirty years of success in developing and licensing inventions to companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500, experience that has earned tens of millions in royalty income, 100+ patents and nearly $1 billion in sales worldwide. If your invention idea has the right stuff, we’ll develop it, fly it and land you a deal.

You Are in control

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Invention Pilot is a new service from Invention City designed with the sole agenda of helping you make your invention as successful as possible while keeping you in control. You tell us where you want to go and we develop and execute a plan to get you there. We do not take a share or a percentage of your invention. You retain ownership and approve and track our progress. Success cannot be guaranteed for any invention but, at a minimum, you can have peace of mind knowing that a professional effort has been well made.

Award Winning Experience

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Our team has decades of experience creating and commercializing products for ourselves and others through licensing and co-founding start-up companies. We’ve won multiple IDSA/Business Week Awards including a Design of the Decade Gold for the Black & Decker PowerShot Forward Action Staple Gun (alongside the Apple iMac and BMW 320i). Our Gator-Grip Universal Socket launched on direct response TV and has continued selling for more than two decades. PaperPro desktop staplers revolutionized desktop stapling. We’ve created apps and algorithms, designed assembly machines and assembly lines, developed perfume and snack food concepts, worked on marine thrusters, arterial blood gas syringes, remote control units and oil field wireline tools. We know inventing and product commercialization from end to end because we’ve done it.

TrustWORTHY

Invention City is unique. Read our reviews at BBB and watch the videos below. Please also note that each BBB review is verified by the BBB and that, unlike some of the other review and ratings services, BBB reviews cannot be gamed. The videos below are from inventors who entered into revenue sharing deals with Invention City.

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A Sampling of Products Developed by The Invention City Team




and To the best of our knowledge, the Invention Pilot team is the deepest, broadest, most experienced and successful team in the world of invention services.

Invention City is A+ rated by BBB


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Invention City works with inventors from around the world and on projects in all categories. Below are examples of some of the projects we’ve worked on over the years. Our participation has encompassed negotiating licensing deals; founding, financing and managing start-up companies; design, engineering prototyping and testing; manufacturing in USA and internationally; importing and exporting; creating videos, sales sheets, producing and running DRTV marketing programs; making appearances on QVC; running national and international sales organizations; conducting surveys; writing and filing patents, trademarks and copyright; analyizing intellectual property supporting patent litigation; helping with buyouts. Our products are sold by merchants such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Amazon, QVC, HSN, Lowes, Target, Dollar General, Canadian Tire, Grainger and thousands of other chains and independent distributors worldwide.

Invention Pilot™ Program

ONE: PRE-FLIGHT - Define and evaluate commercial potential.

  • Review prior art, competitive products and alternative solutions.

  • Analyze invention using Inventicator™ algorithm.

  • Identify top potential licensees, consider synergies and conflicts. Detail contacts and how open company is to receiving unsolicited invention submissions.

  • Recommend next steps.

  • Includes phone/email consultation

  • Avg Cost: $1000

TWO: FLIGHT PLAN - Create and make presentations.

  • Distill product message.

  • Create 1-2 minute explainer video.

  • Review intellectual property protection.

  • Survey target market.

  • Contact target licensees.

  • Confidentiality agreement.

  • Presentation.

  • Follow up.

  • Includes phone/email consultation

  • Avg Cost: $6000-$10000

THREE: LANDING - Negotiate licensing deal.

  • Review alternatives and determine minimum acceptable deal terms.

  • Outline key deal points.

  • Presentation to prospect.

  • Write draft agreement or review draft agreement from prospect.

  • Responses and modifications to draft agreement.

  • Close deal.

  • Includes phone/email consultation

  • Avg Cost: $2500

EXTRAS: Design, engineering, prototyping and intellectual property services are provided as needed.

Team

Mike Marks – Founder 
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Mike has been commercializing inventions for three decades. He's enjoyed the thrill of big successes like Gator-Grip® universal sockets and PowerShot® forward action staple guns and has been well educated by interesting failures. Prior to founding Invention City, Mike worked as a commercial photographer and photojournalist in New York City. He grew up in California and has a degree in economics from UCLA. Away from work he spends as much time as possible outdoors and enjoys surfing, sailing, backpacking and time with his family and friends.

Dan Fulford - Co-Founder
dan@inventioncity.com

Dan has a creative genius that can find the souls of great products in undeveloped invention ideas and a knack for bringing those ideas to market. Dan joined Invention City to help relaunch the business after serving as head of licensing at Lambert & Lambert and a career in real estate. A dedicated outdoorsman, Dan spent his first adult years as a fishing guide in Alaska in and around Lake Clarke and Kodiak Island. If you can't reach him on the phone the odds are pretty good he's out of range somewhere on lakes near the Canadian border or in the mountains of Montana.

Joel Marks – Senior Inventor

Since the time he could walk, Joel has been inquiring into how things work and how they could be made to work better and more intuitively. As co-founder and chief product designer of WorkTools, Inc., Endeavor Tool Company and Accentra, he has conceived, engineered and designed several award-winning products. In 1999 he was honored with a Gold Design of the Decade Award from IDSA/Business Week for his work on the Black & Decker PowerShot® staple gun (an award shared by the Apple iMac and VW Beetle). His proudest success to date is the PaperPro line of desktop staplers that took the office products world by storm - it sold over 1,000,000 units in its first year of production! Joel has over 75 US patents issued in his name. A 1982 Engineering graduate of UCLA, Joel was formerly employed by TRW in its Spacecraft Engineering Division, where his primary responsibilities were precision fabrication and assembly of spacecraft hardware and the design and management of product tests.

Asa Nadeau - Director of Innovation
An independent executive highly skilled at implementing evidence-based trans-disciplinary approaches to personal development and organizational effectiveness, Asa welcomes challenge as a catalyst, an opportunity for growth.

A bit of a polymath, Asa draws from draws from a breadth of expertise spanning the arts and sciences to deeply inform his engagements, helping others harness the creative insight Asa identifies at the heart of every question. 

Asa is responsible for maximizing and sustaining growth of the organization and partners through management of elements related to business efficiency and digital transformation including web platform development, business growth initiatives, back-end systems, empathic design, customer success and data analysis, with a particular focus on system disruption and exponential technologies.

Frank Micelli - Director Retail Marketing and Acquisitions

Frank has achieved great success on all sides of retail and in between in roles ranging from Buyer at Zayre corporation (a 435 store New England chain that was one of the models for Wal-Mart) to EVP of National Sales for Endeavor Products. He's run bricks and mortar retail campaigns joined to direct response television advertising as well as online programs with Amazon and others. In regular contact with buyers at chains such as Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot and CVS, Frank has a unique ability to keep new products in front of major buyers so that when they say yes the opportunity is ready to go. When he joined Endeavor he grew profitable sales from $1.6 million to $20 million in just two years. Frank was integral to the success of products like Gator-Grip®, Ab-Roller®, Topsy-Tail®, Triple Edge Wiper®, DiDi Seven®, Marvin's Magic®, Auri® Car Wax and many more.

When he's not busy making money for brands and companies, Frank enjoys eating well, traveling with his wife and telling stories about growing up in Boston's North End.

Brad Golstein - Legal and Business Affairs
Brad manages the growing Intellectual property portfolio at WorkTools, Inc. where he has primary responsibility for financial and legal affairs. He is a co-founder of Endeavor Tool Company and Accentra. Brad has the rare combination of a good legal mind seasoned by real business experience. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a degree in History in 1980 and then received both a JD and MBA from UCLA in 1984. He practiced law for several years representing clients such as Weyerhauser, JVC Entertainment, The SoftwareToolworks and others. Brad joined Mike and Joel to found WorkTools in 1986. 

Invention Pilot™ Program

ONE: PRE-FLIGHT - Define and evaluate commercial potential.

  • Review prior art, competitive products and alternative solutions.

  • Analyze invention using Inventicator™ algorithm.

  • Identify top potential licensees, consider synergies and conflicts. Detail contacts and how open company is to receiving unsolicited invention submissions.

  • Recommend next steps.

  • Includes phone/email consultation

  • Avg Cost: $1000

TWO: FLIGHT PLAN - Create and make presentations.

  • Distill product message.

  • Create 1-2 minute explainer video.

  • Review intellectual property protection.

  • Survey target market.

  • Contact target licensees.

  • Confidentiality agreement.

  • Presentation.

  • Follow up.

  • Includes phone/email consultation

  • Avg Cost: $6000-$10000

THREE: LANDING - Negotiate licensing deal.

  • Review alternatives and determine minimum acceptable deal terms.

  • Outline key deal points.

  • Presentation to prospect.

  • Write draft agreement or review draft agreement from prospect.

  • Responses and modifications to draft agreement.

  • Close deal.

  • Includes phone/email consultation

  • Avg Cost: $2500

EXTRAS: Design, engineering, prototyping and intellectual property services are provided as needed.

Review our experience and track record. 

Contact us via email at info@inventioncity.com
or by phone at 1-612-808-8081


 

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