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CYBER-EXHIBITING INFO CONTENTS:
  • REGISTER NOW!
  • Testimonials
  • Open Invitation
  • 1. What are the benefits?
  • 2. What is included?
  • 3. What is your success rate?
  • 4. 2 Hours of One-on-One TeleConsultations with Stephen Gnass
  • 5. How can I get started and what does this cost?
  • 6. How soon can I be a part of the cyberspace convention?
  • 7. Can I speak with someone? I have some more questions!
  • 8. A Brief Introduction to Scam Companies
  • 9. Free web sites!!!

  • Got a New Idea, Invention, or Product
    that you would like to Sell, License, Find Investors, Manufacturer Reps or Wholesale Distributors?

    Just Want to Cash Out? Sell Your Idea or Invention?

    Maybe You Should Consider Featuring Your New Product or Invention on The "Invention Connection®" International Invention Showcase

    The "Invention Connection®" has Been on the World Wide Web Since 1996 and Receives 2.5 Million Hits Annually


     
    Review from Stefan Sojka, Australian Author/Writer
    Upon arrival, you are greeted with the glowing and smiling face of founder Stephen Paul Gnass, who has been producing the Invention Convention® for the last decade. The site is pleasing to the eye and contains, besides the odd dead link, a large selection of inventions complete with pictures, since these products have alraedy made it past the "disclosure" stage. Besides being a powerful vehicle for inventors to display their wares, this site is a service for customers looking for the new products to either manufacture, market or distribute. As Executive Director of the National Congress of Inventor Organizations, Mr. Gnass has established a large network of contacts to get these gizmos "out there".

    Verdict: This is the place to be seen if you are an inventor, and the place to go if you want to see the state of the art of idea-materialisation. Everything from real genius to tacky market void-filling can be found here.

    NetWorth: 5 stars

    WELCOME TO THE INVENTION CONNECTION®

    WHY SHOULD YOU SHOWCASE YOUR INVENTION?

    By Stephen Paul Gnass
    Copyright 2006-2011. Stephen Paul Gnass. All Rights Reserved.

    With the development of the internet as a worldwide communications vehicle, we evolved the physical trade show into the Invention Connection® online trade show [what we call the "cybershow"]. This cut participation costs for exhibitors considerably by eliminating travel, exhibiting, and booth staffing costs while preserving the spirit and function of the showcase. It also provided a year-long vehicle, versus just 3 to 4 days, to showcase new products to VIPs.

    Similar to our trade show, for anyone with a patent or patent pending, the Invention Connection® cybershow is a venue to showcase new products to potential licensees, manufacturers, investors, distributors, etc. [what we call VIPs]. It also comes with two hours of one-on-one private consultations for personalized guidance and direction.

    Passive vs. Proactive Inventors

    There's a widespread misconception most likely due to Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous quote, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.", that once you invent it, the rest is easy. But instead, it's more like...

    "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
    Howard Aiken (1900-1973) Pioneer of the Computer

    The reason for this is that fear of change is just part of human nature. Since companies are run by people who don't want to lose their jobs, it follows that companies may be hesitant to try out new things that may be untested and risky. Yet, ironically, companies need to keep up with the changing times, and new products can help them to survive. So you may find companies that are initially hesitant to look at new products, but that ultimately realize that it's an opportunity for their company.

    So even if a product has true potential, the process of licensing or selling it may involve rejection, and requires a lot of persistance. That's why I believe that inventors need to be proactive in their approach to inventing. Inventors not only need to seek out companies, but also to find venues where they can be found by companies. This is where the Invention Connection® cybershow can help.

    Yet from my experience talking to thousands of inventors over the past two decades, all too often, many inventors get a patent or patent pending and then just sit on their idea, hoping that someone will come along and magically discover their invention. Well, they end up sitting and hoping for a long, long time!

    The Importance of Showcasing

    I believe that if you're going to sell or license your invention, you've got to seek out and show it to as many possible buyers as you can. Once you're patented or patent pending, if you don't do everything you can to get it to market, you diminish the chances for its success because your patent actually loses value as more and more time passes. While every 3 to 4 years, you're required to keep paying "maintenance" fees to keep the patent alive.

    There are many avenues for showcasing your product. For example, trade shows, advertising in magazines, networking events, etc. These avenues each have their merits, and I believe that inventors should consider showcasing in as many avenues as their budgets can afford.

    I believe that showcasing an invention on the InventionConnection.com cybershow is one of the most cost effective avenues, and is a good way to initiate action, which can be an important part of an inventor's overall strategy. The InventionConnection.com cybershow has been online since 1996 and is a proven and established venue, backed by over a decade of producing the Invention Convention® trade shows.
    Listing in "What's New" Section

    In trade shows, exhibitors display their products in a "booth". So we adapted the concept of the exhibit booth from our trade show, and call the web page advertisement a "cyber-booth".

    I explain to my clients that a cyber-booth is a passive venue which shouldn't be the only thing that an inventor does to license or sell his/her invention and I encourage clients to do a multi-pronged outreach. It's the synergistic effect of taking a massive amount of action that will increase the chances of an invention's success.

    For example, in a job hunt, the more aggressive the job candidate is, the better he/she will do. The job candidate can search online job forums for job listings. The job candidate can post a resume in an online forum where employers can find it. The job candidate can do an email or mail campaign sent to matching companies that may have openings now or in the near future. The job candidate can attend networking meetings in the hopes that a colleague will know of a job opening. As you can see, the more that the candidate can do, the more likely that he/she will achieve his/her goal.

    Online Directory/Resource:

    The InventionConnection.com cybershow is an online directory and resource of new products where prospective licensees, investors, manufacturers, distributors, and opportunity seekers of all types who are looking to get in on the ground floor, can come to the web site, specifically to search for new products that are available at any stage of development. Listing your new product in this directory may increase your odds of being seen by the types of companies or investors that are looking for new innovations and products.

    Online Presentation Tool:

    The cyber-booth is also an online presentation tool that works like an online "resume" for your new product. You can easily send a link to someone by email and they will instantly be able to see your professionally-written presentation which describes your invention's features and benefits. Our writers have years of experience specializing in shaping a product's materials to best highlight your invention.

    The Myth of the "Million Dollar Check"

    In the early years of the Invention Convention® trade show, we were quite surprised to find exhibitors who expected to receive a "million dollar check" just from exhibiting over the weekend! This unrealistic expectation is directly related to the myth of the million dollar idea. We noticed that these exhibitors would tend to just sit in a chair in their booth, eating baloney sandwiches and popping cans of soda, while expecting some magic person to drop by and leave them a million dollar check!

    So we started educating future exhibitors about the purpose of trade shows, which is to network and generate "leads" and "prospects" that can be followed up "after" the trade show. We encouraged them to throw out the chair from their booth, and to be prepared and ready to interact with the trade show visitors.

    If exhibitors left the show, but never followed up on their leads, then usually nothing happened. On the other hand many exhibitors who followed up with their leads ended up with valuable contacts and referrals for services that they needed at that time, or would need sometime in the future. This is how we developed the SpeedmarketingTM Course for exhibitors.

    The purpose of the Invention Connection® cybershow is the same, which is to help inventors network and generate leads and prospects, and it's up to the exhibitors to follow up with leads to see if any develop into a prospective negotiation or deal.

    Using the analogy of finding a job, the goal of the candidate is to set up as many interviews as possible in order to find one that is the perfect match. Not all job listings turn into interviews. Not all interviews will turn into a job offer, and the candidate may even turn down some of the job offers. Some job offers might even fall apart during negotiations. There's no guarantee that any interview will become a job offer. And after getting a job, the candidate may not even make it through the probation period. It's the same with inventing...not all contacts turn into deals, the inventor may turn down some offers, and some negotiations may fall apart.

    The process of finding a job is not an overnight process. It takes time, commitment, and dedication to set up interviews, go to the interviews, and then follow up on the results. And it's the same thing with inventing. Once exhibitors get leads and prospects from exhibiting on the Invention Connection® cybershow, it takes time to follow up with the contacts.

    Just like it can take months to find a new higher paying job, it can take many months to find a potential contact, and several more months to negotiate an agreement, if the contact leads to that.

    So it's not unusual after the inventor gets a patent, for him/her to spend up to another year to find a contact and start to get into a deal. The negotiation process involves having an agreement reviewed by your attorney, making any changes, having it reviewed by the other party's attorney, etc. which just takes time.

    When inventors try to cut corners on the process, this is when problems arise. This is why the cyber-booth duration is for a one-year period. It may seem like a long time, especially if someone is under the myth of the automatic million dollar idea. But for those who have a reality check, the one year will fly by.

    So when people ask, "what's the cybershow's success rate", it's a question that doesn't relate to the cybershow because the results of any contacts made will vary for exhibitors depending on the merits of their invention, the experience of inventors in negotiating, what level of the invention process the inventor is at, what the inventor is looking for, as well as the dedication and commitment of the inventor, etc.

    The Invention Connection® is strictly a neutral showcase, it is not an invention development firm, it doesn't market products nor act as a licensing agent.

    All exhibitors in the Invention Connection® cybershow are independent entrepreneurs, small businesses or individuals who represent themselves. And they're all looking for different things. For example, if an inventor is an entrepreneur with his own company, he may be looking for a manufacturer, or a distributor, or a jobber, etc. He could be seeking a publicist that has invention PR experience, or an infomercial company if the product fits the profile of products that sell that way. Whereas another inventor may be looking for a company to license his/her product, or for a reputable licensing agent.

    The question of "success rate" was developed by the Federal Trade Commission [FTC] specifically for invention promotion firms, who are required by law to disclose how many total clients they have had in the past several years, and of those, how many clients "made more money than they paid". An invention promotion firm is one that claims to market products and acts as a licensing agent. The question of "success rate" is only for invention development firms, product marketers, or licensing agents that take on the full responsibility of licensing the product.

    Can Someone Else Do It for Me?

    Due to the myth of the million dollar idea, many people often look for a company or someone else to handle the whole invention process. Usually they end up in the hands of the scams, who promise to do everything, but whose services are worthless and cost thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars.

    There are some things in life that just can't be passed off to somebody else. Maybe parts can, but not the whole responsibility. For example, using our analogy of finding a job, this is not something that can be totally given over to someone else to handle. It's really a job that needs to be directly handled by the candidate because it's so personal.

    There are things that you can have help with, for example, the job candidate can get help writing a resume, or hire an executive headhunter to set up interviews, but the job candidate cannot sit back at home without doing anything, and tell somebody to just let them know when they've found them a job. The job candidate needs to be involved in the whole process, closely supervising anybody else that helps him/her, and be the one to talk to the prospective employers by phone as well as show up to the interviews [and ultimately show up for the job].

    It's the same with inventing. Inventors can get help with certain aspects of the process, they don't have to do it all themselves. But they can't just sit back like a couch potato flipping the remote, without doing anything, waiting for somebody to just let them know when they've found them a deal for their invention.

    The scams make it seem that simple, but in reality the inventor needs to involved in the whole process, closely supervising anybody that helps him/her. One of the major red flags of questionable invention promotion firms is that they allude to things that are being done, but these things are talked about generically. The scams will never let the inventor know what's really going on with the process, because they only do the minimum requirements to satisfy the law.

    Another example is being an entrepreneur. Initially, the entrepreneur is involved in all aspects of forming the company, running the company, and growing the company. While the entrepreneur can hire other people to perform tasks or functions of the company, he/she is still personally responsible and involved in running the company. In the early stages, he can't just sit at home and expect things to run themseves....at least not until later once the company is more stable and he/she can hire staff and people to run the company so that he has more time off. Yet if you talk to entrepreneurs, you'll find that most don't take too much time off, they stay involved in orchestrating the overall business.

    Similarly in the early stages of an idea, the inventor needs to be directly involved in overseeing and supervising the idea's protection, development, licensing and product launch, even though he/she may hire many other people to perform some of the tasks or functions.

    Incremental Successes

    It's important to understand that the invention process is not a one-step process where if you have a great idea, you've won a lottery and automatically get the million dollar check.

    Similarly, exhibiting in the Invention Connection® cybershow isn't about unrealistic expectations in getting a million dollar check either - not that it's impossible, but the chances are very, very slim. The Invention Connection® cybershow is about generating leads and contacts to help you, the inventor, in the overall process of inventing. Over the years I've been pointing out to my clients that inventing is a process, it's a journey and it's not a get rich quick fix.

    My friend Don Kracke, author of the book Turn Your Idea or Invention into Millions, made over 40 million dollars inventing products. Yet, it didn't come from any one product, it came from trickles of money generated from many products over a period of 25 years. I would suggest that rather than think about inventing just one product that will generate a million dollars instantly, that it's more realistic to think about inventing many products that bring in perhaps $10,000 to $100,000 over the next 10 to 20 years.

    Using this model, one invention at $50,000/year over a period of 20 years would give you a million dollars in trickles of money - with no additional work after it's licensed. So if you have several inventions licensed, you could potentially generate millions this way over a long period of time. Wouldn't that be nice? This is how Kracke earned over 40 million dollars from his ideas.

    I believe that there are incremental successes along the path of inventing. In the Invention Convention® trade show, people would get leads from the show, and upon following up with them, they might get a referral to contact somebody else, who gave them a referral to contact somebody else, who led them to a contact that they ended up negotiating or working with. It usually happened over a period of time, and was a result of the exhibitors initial participation in the trade show. So I've seen that results more often happen as a result of one thing leading to another, over a period of time. Networking and finding contacts and prospects is a crucial part of the inventing process. It's the synergy that eventually pulls it all together.

    As inventors move along on the inventing path, things don't really happen in one big magic bang. The inventor more often succeeds at little things along the way, what I call a lot of little successes, which can include things like learning through life's lessons, adapting and improving the product, getting better presentation materials, meeting key people to work with, etc.

    In every field of endeavor, I would say that 99% of all "overnight" successes have had a long history of work, toil, and dedication before they became an instant overnight success. While there's a rare chance that someone with an idea could get a million dollar deal in a flash, for the most part, there is a timetable and series of steps that are necessary in order to get an invention successfully to market.

    The Invention Connection® cybershow can give you a venue for you to showcase your invention in front of 1,000s of people throughout the year that may be able to help you move your invention forward to the next level.

    In an overall marketing strategy to get your invention developed, manufactured, distributed, licensed or to find angels, investors, we believe the Invention Connection® cybershow is the most viable and cost effecive venue in the marketing mix.

    Stephen Paul Gnass has been consulting with inventors and people with ideas for the past two decades and is the founder of the Invention Convention® trade show, the InventionConvention.com web site and Executive Director of The National Congress of Inventor Organizations. The Invention Connection®  Cybershow has been online since 1996 and he produced the Invention Convention®  for 15 years.  See more about Gnass below or gnass.biz.

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    An Open Invitation

    If you have a patent or patent pending, AND you are motivated, believe in yourself and are committed to your dream, you may qualify to be a featured cyber-exhibitor.

    Note: If you don't have a patent yet thats OKAY because you can have us hold your cyber-booth until your ready with a PPA or patent pending. If you need help on getting protection for your idea please see The National Congress of Inventor Organizations online or you may email us for more infomation.

    Everything's Included for An Economical Flat Price

    Sample Cyber-booth Web Page

    We Do All The Work - design, develop, and write it - to Get Your Cyber-booth Online! You Do Not Need to be an Artist or Own a Computer!

    With  Invention Connection's®  cyber-show, everything's included, there are no hidden fees.

    --->Your full web page will be Professionally Written and Edited - we'll write up your profile from the materials that you send us - but you have the final approval before it ever goes online . The date for your year of exhibiting doesn't start until you've approved the finished layout.

    --->the Graphics Work and Webmaster Work are all included [you just provide us with copies of original photos or artwork along with any  written materials]

    --->the hosting is included for your full web page advertisement for the full 1-year period starting when you've approved the finished layout.

    --->For a full review of what's included, see details at the Invention Connection web site and see: buy booth or email us for more information.
     

    2 Hours of Tele-Consultations(tm) with Stephen Paul Gnass

    An invaluable part of the cybershow is that it includes two hours of Tele-ConsultationsTM with Stephen Paul Gnass for extensive strategic development, planning, and marketing guidance are included, along with unlimited "quick questions" for the duration of your cyberbooth. This would also enable you to begin telephone consultations which are included as part of the cyberbooth at no additional charge, calls are by appointment and are in fifteen minute increments.

    These one-on-one telephone consultations with Stephen Paul Gnass and unlimited "Quick Questions". ( Free Quick Question increments are up to five or six minutes by telephone) Quick Questions come with the cyber-booth and are invaluable in guiding and steering you through the difficult process of launching a product.

    You'll be able to get advice and feedback on any prospective contacts that inquire about your product, as well as Stephen can review any proposals or agreements and give you his opinion and suggestions on what needs to added or changed. He can act as your confidant, a sounding board to help you in making the right choices. He'll give you many ideas, alternative strategies and or options so you can make an intelligent decision. Gaining access to Stephen's expertise alone is worth the cost of the program. (See Stephen's bio & rates at gnass.biz)

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    Put Up Your Cyberbooth When You're Ready

    Even if you're in the early idea stages, once you sign up, you can start scheduling these 2 hours of consultations with Stephen Paul Gnass right away, and then put up the web page later when you're ready - whether it's 1 month or 6 months.

    And you won't lose any time because your cyber-booth web page advertisement will be online for a 1 year period from the date it goes online, not the purchase date). But you can start the consultion with Stephen right away.

    Invention Connection®  is Getting 2.5 Million Hits Per Year

    Being on the cyber-show is accessible by VIPs from their desktop computers at work or at home, which makes it very easy for VIPs to visit the site often, which is why we're now attracting 2.5 million hits per year!

    MORE INFORMATION

    The Benefits of a Trade Show - Without the Trade Show Expenses!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Traffic and Demographics

    CyberExhibiting Rate

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    The Benefits of a Trade Show - Without the Trade Show Expenses!

    Having Produced the Invention Convention® Trade Show for Over a Decade, We Know that a Physical Trade Show Costs Exhibitors Thousands of Dollars to Participate for just 1-3 days...

    VS.

    The Invention Connection® Online Cyber-Show is Always Open and Costs Exhibitors Only Hundreds to Participate for 1 Full YEAR!

    Key Benefits Include:

    • The Invention Connection&Reg; is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
      VS.
      a physical trade show only lasts 1-3 days and it's over

    • Anyone, anywhere, anytime, can access your invention on the Invention Connection® Online Cybershow
      VS.
      your exposure at a physical trade show is only to VIPs who can afford the time and expense to travel there during those few days

    • Peace of mind for your cyber-booth investment, it'll be online reliably for the full duration
      VS.
      the uncertainty of physical events since 9/11

    Best of all, there's no travel expenses for your entire staff that add normally up to thousands of dollars in addition to the cost of the booth space!

    • No roundtrip airfares for you and staff
    • No hotel/accomodation expenses for you and staff
    • No restaurant and food expenses for you and staff
    • No car rentals
    • No booth staffing expenses
    • No freight charges
    • No booth decorating or special exhibiting displays, tables, chairs, electricity, etc.
    • No printing of literature/materials that are outdated after the show

    After reading the above reasons, the Invention Convention® trade show's evolution into an Online Cybershow is obvious due to the phenomenon of the internet!

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    TESTIMONIALS
    I am pleased to say that my invention,"The Gourmet Panhandler(tm) was accepted, featured, and nominated for an award. Soon after my participation began, I started to receive e-mails, letters, phone calls, and faxes about my new product. I have been offered a number of proposals for licensing, distribution, manufacturing, investment, sales, etc. And, I continue to gain contacts weekly as a result of my Cyberbooth as well as direct referrals from Stephen Paul Gnass.

    Without reservation, I highly recommend Mr. Gnass and his organization to anyone concerned with innovations and the development of new products whether as a seller or a buyer. My association with him has been most fruitful, and I cannot applaud him enough as a knowledgeable, honorable, experienced professional innovator in his own right, and a really decent human being.
    Donald E. Donne, President, Creative Action Team

    Thank you for selecting our toy, "Take Apart Art"as the hot pick of the month. Our toy is now being sold in local toy stores and our website will be finished shortly for online sales. We have had numerous inquiries about our toy from the exposure of our Invention Connection® cyberbooth. People from all over the world have found us through this site. It has started a very large ball rolling! Thanks again.
    Eric and Susan Valdez, Mynd Toy Company

    Not only did Invention Connection&Reg; provide an excellent write-up on my product, the Plant Pal. but they also followed up with me to check on customer responses to the ad.

    It's rare to find a company that takes the time out to work with you on a one-to-one basis, but that's exactly what Invention Connection does. They not only provide excellent exposure; they also provide personal professional service. I began to feel like the staff at Invention Connection was invested in the outcome of my product as much as I was; they really seem to care about my success.

    Stephen even called to motivate me and suggested targets for me to hit each month so I could focus on a sales plan. If you want to get your product in front of buyers, marketing companies or investors, Invention Connection is the way to go.
    John Pinnington, President JEXS Inc.

    Q. How do prospective buyers for my invention get a hold of me?

    ...A. Your contact information is listed in your Invention Convention®   cyber-Booth. All prospects interested in your product will call or email you direct.

    Q. What if I don't have a patent, can I still display my product?

    ...A. 1. We recommend that you have some kind of protection, a PPA, patent pending, or an issued patent. At the National Congress of Inventor Organizations [NCIO] you can find information on how to protect your ideas without the cost of getting a patent in the early stages. You may need a patent eventually, but not at the start. There's a process and NCIO can help you understand it.

    However you can register for your cyber-booth now and have us hold your cyber-booth until you're ready with a PPA or patent pending. The official "start" date of your cyber-booth will begin after you've approved the web page and it goes online, not the registration date. If you need help on getting initial protection for your idea without spending a fortune on a patent, please see The National Congress of Inventor Organizations [NCIO] online or you may email us for more infomation.

    Q. How soon will I be on the Invention Connection's®   Cyber Show after I register?

    ...A. Normally it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks for us to receive your information and develop a proof ready for your viewing. The date that you approve the art, etc. and the date that we get it uploaded and officially put it up online, then it's twelve [12] months from that date.

    Q. How many successes do you have?

    ...A 1. There are many success stories over the years - see the successtimonials about our services on the InventionConvention®  web site or read the testimonials on the Business of InventingTM web site.

    ...A 2. The question of "success rate" is a question that comes up quite a bit and it's best answered by understanding that we're not acting as agents, we don't market products or represent the inventor and we don't receive royalties. The Invention Connection®  is a venue for inventors to showcase and advertise their new products, and exhibitors are independent entrepreneurs, small businesses and independent inventors who represent themselves. Ultimately, the success of an invention is based on the invention's worthiness, it's marketability, what stage of the invention process it's at, and it's overall value in the market.

    The success of a new invention or product must take into consideration not just the invention, but also the inventor's background, his willingness to do whatever it will take to get his product on the market. If the invention, the idea, is not very developed, then that also can affect him or her in getting a deal. There are so many factors that make an invention successful which are critical in the success of the invention being launched into the market.

    I believe that nobody can make anyone else successful. Inventors may benefit from exhibiting on our venue, as well as from my one-on-one advice and guidance, but ultimately it's up to the person to make the decisions and take the actions that will make him successful.

    So it's not just advertising or showcasing it, this is only one part of the overall marketing mix. You must remember that you will be the contact on the cybershow listing, so you would be the one getting the calls, emails and leads, and how you handle them is based upon your skills and experience. We believe taking action to sell or license your invention in our cybershow is one of the many steps in the right direction.

    Q. Wouldn't someone be able to steal my invention if I put it online at your cybershow?

    A. Well first, if you're going to sell it, you've got to show it to possible buyers, and if you don't do everything you can to get it to market, you diminish the chances for success.

    But also, all patents that are issued, are published in the USPTO Patent Gazette which is in print, as well as online, and sent out worldwide. Many patents are added to the Gazette 18 months after the patent is applied for, unless the inventor "opts out". If the inventor opts out of its publication at 18 months, then it's published the minute the patent is issued.

    In all the years I've been in this field, what I've come to realize was that rarely does anyone steal a raw idea that's not developed yet. There's  an enormous amount of energy, time, and money that will have to go into the invention before it can become an "instant" success. Only after you (or the buyer / licensee) spends all the time, energy, and money, then if the invention proves successful in the marketplace, only then someone will be more likely to steal it or knock it off. I think one my favorite quotes best describes my own thoughts on someone stealing the inventor's ideas.

    "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
              Howard Aiken (1900-1973), Pioneer of the Computer

    Q. I already have a web site for my product, why do I need to showcase?

    A. Most inventors who already have a web site, use it to sell their products retail or wholesale. The InventionConnection.com web site is specifically aimed at offering products that are available for licensing, investment, manufacturing, etc. So in most cases, having a cyber-booth in the InventionConnection.com web site fulfills a totally different function of a personal web site. The cyber-booth supplements, not duplicates, the inventor's existing web site. When an inventor has a personal web site, at no extra cost, we include a direct link from the cyber-booth web page to the inventor's personal web site, in essence helping to drive traffic to the inventor' web site.

    B. The Invention Connection Cybershow generates 2.5 million hits a year and what a cyberbooth can do for you is to drive additional traffic to your site, not just any traffic, but the kinds of companies or people who are interested in what you have to offer. A web site can help in giving additional info to prospective buyers or selling retail.

    Q. What about other online showcases?

    ...A. This answer requires several parts to answer it:

    A. Invention Promotion [scam] Companies:
    There are a lot of online showcases that are run by the invention promotion companies, these showcases are usually included as part of the grand package which costs thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. With these showcases, the inventors do not get the leads and prospects directly; instead, the invention promotion companies receive all the leads since the company's contact information is listed on the web page, not the inventors. The inventor will rarely, if ever, know what specific companies are interested in their product because the companies usually say that "they don't want the inventor to go around them and contact the company directly". I call this tactic "keeping the inventor in the dark", and treating the inventor as a child who isn't responsible. The inventor has a false sense of security in thinking that the company is handling everything, but never really knows what's going on.

    B. Showcases Run by Amateur Inventors:
    There are quite a few new web sites popping up on the internet run by independent inventors who have suddenly decided to put up their own invention showcase and benefit from Google's ad revenues. They are brand new and have not been in the industry before, and have little, if any, experience. These sites may be free, or cost very little, but are ineffective due to the lack of experience, and in my opinion, are a waste of time. A side note is that these sites are supported by Google ad revenues, which promote all the scams on their sites. These sites lead newbie inventors directly to the scams, thus the participants in these sites indirectly contribute to leading inventors to the scams.

    C. Showcases for Large Corporations:
    There are showcases that are geared for high-tech products i.e. biotechnology, etc., and are not the right place for entrepreneurs, small businesses or inventors products. They're showcases for products invented by large corporations, to be sold or licensed to large corporations, what's called "technology-transfer" in the corporate world. This business model doesn't usually fit small product developers.

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    TRAFFIC & DEMOGRAPHICS


    Brief Highlights

    1. Online since 1996
    2. InventionConnection® , InventionConvention®  and NCIO generate approx. 5 million hits combined per year
    3. They also generate a combined total of approx. 150,000 unique visitors per year
    4. Search engines: under the keyword "invention", we come up on the first few pages on most major search engines including: GOOGLE, AOL, NETSCAPE, ASK, MSN and more!
    5. Our site InventionConvention® , NCIO and InventionConnection®  have been promoted and sponsored by many worldwide government agencies, associations, and organizations for over a decade.

    Demographics

    DEVELOPERS: Entities that create and develop new products and technologies, including independent inventors, small and medium-size businesses, engineers, federal R&D labs, invent-to-order job shops, innovation and technology centers, universities.

    INVESTORS/BUYERS/LICENSEES: Opportunity seekers of all kind, entities that license, buy or invest in new products and technologies, including: business investor angels, entrepreneurs, licensees, licensing agents, manufacturers, manufacturers reps and agents, private investors, catalog companies, infomercial, companies, key department store chain buyers, corporate purchasing agents, Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium-size businesses, venture capitalists, distributors.

    INVENTION SERVICE PROVIDERS: Entities that provide services related to commercialization, including: consultants, design engineers, infomercial producers, marketers, market research firms, mold makers, packaging designers, patent attorneys, prototype makers.

    These groups, our main market focus, are continuously being fine-tuned and upgraded. These proprietary lists have been compiled over many decades of successfully producing the Invention Convention® technology showcase, "Where Money and Ideas Meet(tm)"

    Not only do we believe that the cybershow is one of the most economical and cost-effective venues that you can utilize in your marketing mix to launch your new product invention, but we think you'll find that most of our VIPs and clients agree that it's the best dollar for dollar value in making key contacts for commercializing a product.

    Are You Ready?

    You can visit the Invention Connection® Online Cybershow to see more information.

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    Retail Cyber-Exhibiting Rate!

     1 full year InventionConnection's®  Cyber show exhibiting normally retail price is $845.00.

    Are you ready to sign up now? Click Here to REGISTER NOW!

    The "Invention Connection®" been on the World Wide Web Since 1996

     The "Invention Connection®" CyberShow Receives 2.5 Million Hits Annually

    Sincerely,
    Stephen Paul Gnass
    Founder of the Invention Convention® trade show
    and Executive Director of The National Congress of Inventor Organizations

    Do You Have Questions?

    Please Feel To e-mail us, We Will Respond To All Your Question ASAP.

    DISCLAIMER: Please note that this information is not legal advice. If you have any specific questions, you should contact a patent attorney or accountant.

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    Cyber-Exhibiting Rate!

      $70.42 per month pre-paid.

    That's 1 full year and 2 hours of phone consultations for $795.00 [plus 1-time $50.00 set-up fee], total $845.00.

    BONUS: Get an extra 2 hours of phone consultations with payment in full, that's a total of 4 hours of phone consultations!


     
    NEED A SPECIAL PAYMENT PLAN OPTION?

    The pre-paid price gives you the best value. But if you can't afford to pay for it all at once, then take a look at our special payment plan options that should make it feasible for you to showcase your product on the InventionConnection.com Cybershow.

    1] [50%] $422.50 down-payment now and the balance [50%] $422.50 due in 30 days with NO handling fees.

    Or we can offer you one of these payment plans with a handling fee included in the monthly payments:

    2] 3-month payment plan at $283.50 per month
    3] 6-month payment plan at $174.17 per month
    4] 9-month payment plan at $121.67 per month
    5] 12-month payment plan at $95.41 per month
    6] 16-month payment plan at $80.93 per month

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    Important Disclaimer Notice:

    Please note that the InventionConnection.com web site is strictly a new product showcase. It is the premier showcase for inventions and is a networking venue where interested parties can find each other. Invention Connection® does not act as licensing agents, Invention Connection® does not market products, Invention Connection® is not an invention development firm, and Invention Connection® does not represent inventors nor take any percentages. All exhibitors are independent entrepreneurs, small companies or individuals who represent themselves and can be directly contacted by interested parties. The results of any contacts will vary for exhibitors depending on the merits of each invention, the experience of inventors in negotiating, what level of the invention process the inventor is at, what the inventor is looking for, as well as the dedication and commitment of the inventor, etc. The Invention Connection® has been online for 10 years and the InventionConnection® and Invention Convention® have been acting as networking venues jointly for over 20 years. The following information will help describe how the Invention Connection® cybershow works. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us.

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    The INVENTION CONNECTION® is the Official Cyberspace Show of WCIO/NCIO


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