for the next new
hot consumer product
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WAVERLY, N.Y. -- To
celebrate National Inventors Month®
-- August -- the United Inventors Association is conducting a
nationwide search for the next new hot consumer product. From now
until Aug. 31, inventors are invited to submit their patented or
patent pending ideas, which will be reviewed by a panel of experts.
Ten finalists will be announced in September.
"Independent inventors have created
thousands of products that people use every day," explains Robert
Lougher, executive director of the UIA. "Most people don't realize
it, but it was independent inventors, working on their own, who
invented such products as the ATM, Furby, the laser, the MRI,
Scrabble, the parking meter, the stoplight and, yes, even the
zipper. We're looking for the next hot products!"
Sponsors of this groundbreaking effort
-- the United Inventors Association, Inventors' Digest magazine, the
Academy of Applied Science and The Procter & Gamble Company -- will
review the hundreds of new product ideas to determine the 10 that
have the best sales potential.
This national search is Internet-based.
For complete details on rules and regulations, go to
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To be eligible, inventors must have a
prototype or finished product, have proper intellectual property
protection, and be the inventors of the new product. There is no
charge to enter this search.
The ultimate prize will be the media
exposure of the top 10 finalists. In addition to media exposure, a
bonus prize list was announced Aug. 1 to correspond with National
The United Inventors Association is a
national organization whose mission is to educate and support those
entrepreneurs who are developing new products. Founded in 1990 as an
outgrowth of a U.S. Department of Commerce program on innovation in
America, this nonprofit organization's membership includes inventor
organizations as well as individual members.