Aug
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The EzyDrain Invention Story

BY LYN KIRK

After the SARS breakout in 2003 in Hong Kong, I realized there was an urgent need for a solution to that problem and many other airbourne infectious diseases that at minimum can make you ill and in worst-case scenario kill you.

After many months locating information on how these diseases are transmitted through the open floor wastes found in your shower or bathroom and laundry floors, I put on my thinking cap and came up with my solution which I called EzyDrain.

EzyDrain is a simple chemical free retro-fit multi purpose plumbing, pest control and hygiene product, it will fit into existing floor wastes. It is chemical resistant, installed in approximately one minute. Bacteria or mould won’t build up or live on the device causing failure due to its antibacterial qualities.

Not only will it reduce the spread of SARS it also kills staph and salmonella alongside other purposes such as reduces bad smells, stops bugs entering or exiting, reduces noise or whistling between floors reducing the need for deodorisers and pesticides.

A Simple long-term chemical free solution has not been available for all these problems in the past. By reducing air borne contaminants from living spaces this in turn reduces contamination into air conditioning ducts.

I wanted to offer an affordable simple solution to attract the homeowner through to hospitals, health care facilities and hotels in the hope of making modern living a safer way of life.

The processes I went through was testing and modifications to my design until I was satisfied I had reduce the plastic use and the product worked efficiently every time, this included creating a plastics formula that had antibacterial qualities. In total I had redesigned the product 6 times until happy.

Like most inventors patenting my idea across the world was a necessary process to protect what I had spent time and money on for its development, I began the patent process and at present I have 9 patents granted and 45 pending, most were filed between 2010-2012 to be where I am at this stage.

My secondary phase was to begin the steps of commercialisation, this required scientific and home testing, producing a TV ad and marketing material to begin sales and attract possible investor interest. I worked tirelessly approaching local plumbing distributors and wholesalers to get some very small and basic sales, in most cases the bigger chains wanted a large infrastructure such as warehouses in each state across Australia with staff to stock shelves in each store outlet they had on a weekly basis. I was not able to satisfy the demands of this process and distributors were difficult to get to come on board, which left a very disappointing outcome for me.

Ideally hospitals would have been a perfect fit to the EzyDrain product line but getting through the gate-keepers, tender systems which have no tenders for an new innovation to address an area of neglect in most hospitals also became time consuming with no results, not even one appointment to present the product after 2 years of effort.

I felt exhausted and unclear why I was having difficulty with a product leader globally, so cleverly designed, proven scientifically, commercially viable and affordable for both consumers and manufacturing? I decided to take another course of action and pursued “as seen on tv” teams for interest, this also resulted in countless hours of trying to get past the gate keepers and interest from one group who offered a partnership program, in a partnership program the inventor is required to put up money for its launch at a higher percentage return, unfortunately at this stage my patent renewals or applications and other expenses at left me with no funds to spare. At this stage I had spent over $1.5 mil with at least $1mil in unpaid wages to myself due.

My next attempt was in trying to locate an investor or investment group to come on board using there talents, contacts and experience in commercialisation, I had achieved much interest but after many meetings some decided to not go ahead as they had more desirable products of interest or they suffered hardships themselves and couldn’t take on my product anymore. It felt like ground hog day again for me.

In efforts to feel positive I then decided to get a commercialisation lawyer an expensive exercise but I felt desperate, after appointing one and signing the contracts they seemed too busy to place any care of time into it, so again I was back where I started.

By this stage I felt like a mouse on a wheel constantly going nowhere but doing a huge workload, my working hours for the past four years now had reached 80-120hrs a week and still I was sitting on an amazing product with no traction. 8years have now passed since I designed the first proto type, most of my 45 pending patents will be soon up for final examination and possibly granted. The upkeep on 9 patents granted and 45 pending seems to be a hard painful exercise as I each year must raise the money to support them.

It’s 2017 and I am negotiating with a manufacturer/retailer but progress is slow as I get evaluated and wait for them to be able to hold the meetings, which will determine my future licensing with them.

I am hopeful and believe in my product, I have generated small sales, and to date in 4 years of sales have never had a complaint, fault or return. I know my product is a leader in its category and addresses areas neglected in hospitals. I see the benefits it offers hotels that have no longer issues of early checkouts or cancelations due to rooms smelling foul.

It can be difficult to take such a lengthy journey when you know you are the best yet see others with product issues make it through getting the support you worked so hard to achieve.

Holding onto basics such as a home to rent and petrol in my car is often the stresses that burden me each day as I work hard and wait for my chance to successful commercialisation.

Patience and trust is key in the patent journey, for now I am focussed on locating a partner to share in my patent ownership and hopefully the funds to either commercialise the product ourselves or put it into others hands via a licensing deal.

If you believe the journey will not be a struggle, enduring loss of lifestyle and resources then patents is not a path you should seek, it is a brave move to begin the patent process and ride it out until it fruits. The most important element is researching what your competitors are doing and being certain your product is a leader in design, functionality and manufacturing expense. Do your homework before taking on a product to commercialise and be patient to wait for several years or more. Good things take time, luck of being in the right place at the right time comes into play, variables of attraction or need from consumers and retailers will determine how soon you will fruit the rewards of your labour.

Patience is the key.

For more information, please visit www.ezydrain.com

Aug
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Coming Soon…The Invention Stories Podcast

BY ROBERT BEAR

Coming Soon…

The Invention Stories Podcast is our Daily Podcasts of Skype Interviews with Inventors.

If you are an Inventor and would like to Share your Story on the Invention Stories Podcast please email us at InventionStoriesPodcast@gmail.com.

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Aug
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The Lockdown Company – Home of The BOOT™

The Boot™ is a rectangular-shaped plate of 1/4 inch thick cold-rolled steel. Each of its two steel pegs offers 8,000 pounds per square inch (psi) of tensile strength – totaling 16,000 psi when both pegs are fully engaged. The BOOT™ weighs in at 5 pounds and while it is small it is mighty in stopping entry from the danger that resides on the other side of your door.

The inventor of The BOOT™ created the safety device after a member of his family was physically attacked. His sole motivation was to take a devastating and negative experience and use the momentum for something good.

Initially, The BOOT™ was created for personal use — to provide a safety device that family could engage at a moment’s notice when at home. But once extended family and friends saw the safety device, they pushed for it to be manufactured and distributed.

Ironically, The BOOT™’s name and design concept are in part attributed to the attacker. When police arrived to make his arrest, the attacker had locked himself in his apartment. He sat on the floor with his back against the entryway wall and he had his boots pushed up against the back of the door. The leverage was incredibly strong and the image was hard to forget.

At the time of its development, the inventor of The BOOT™ was working for a school district. He was onsite during school lockdown drills and saw how panicked and hectic the classrooms were during the drills. He realized that The BOOT™, with its heavy-duty construction, strength, and simple one-step engagement was ideal for schools. The BOOT™ provides an additional level of classroom security that is missing. It doesn’t require teachers to leave the classroom to lock their doors, they don’t have to fumble for keys, or input special alarm codes. This is no-nonsense, one-step safety.

The final chapter in The BOOT™’s development was the creation of a special release mechanism. While The BOOT™ was designed to keep the bad guys out, its design also includes a patent-pending release mechanism that allows “the good guys in.” The special release mechanism makes this safety device ideal for schools — it allows teachers and students to stay put until authorized personnel enter the classroom when all is clear.

To learn more about The BOOT™, please visit www.thelockdownco.us

Jul
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Dave Mayer and the Clean Bottle

By Dave Mayer

Hi, I’m Dave Mayer, the Founder of Clean Bottle. The idea for Clean Bottle came to me, as many of my best ideas do, on a bike ride. Earlier that day I had gone to fill up my bottle only to find what looked like a science experiment gone wrong. Mold had grown all over, creating a stinky, funky mess. I had to chuck it because I knew I couldn’t clean it out.

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As I pedaled up the trail the thought occurred to me: why not have a bottle that unscrews at the top and the bottom? That way, I could easily clean it out if it gets funky, and dry it out thoroughly so it doesn’t get stinky in the first place.

4 factories, 54 prototypes, 2 patent applications and 3 years later we present to you the Clean Bottle. It took a long time to get it right, but we think you’ll agree that it was worth it.

For us, Clean Bottle isn’t just a career, it’s a cause. We donate 10% of profits to eco and cycling friendly charities you can vote for.

Send us photos or videos of your gunky bottles, or of you sporting the Clean Bottle. We’ll put ‘em up on the website and every month we’ll send a 3 pack of Clean Bottles to the most original submission. You can reach us at info@cleanbottle.com.

Thanks and Ride Clean!

For more information, please visit www.cleanbottle.com

Jul
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Michael Pritchard and Lifesaver

By Michael Pritchard


LIFESAVER® systems was founded by Michael Pritchard in 2007. He was inspired to Invent the company’s first product, the LIFESAVER bottle, after seeing the tragic waste of life and serious problems caused by the lack of safe drinking water in the wake of the tsunami in December 2004, and then again the following year on August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Michael felt he had to do something. It took a little while (18 months to be exact) and some very frustrating prototypes but eventually he did it and LIFESAVER was born. Find out more about the LIFESAVER story here

Invent, Design & Manufacture

LIFESAVER Systems are a British Company. We Invent, Design & Manufacture all of our products in Great Britain. We serve 3 main markets: Humanitarian, Leisure & Military. Our products are shipped to all corners of the world. Our customers and users range from canoeists paddling up the Amazon, Haitian families recovering from the ravages of the 2010 earthquake, soldiers scavenging water in the green zone in Afghanistan and kids on gap years abroad. Around the world, LIFESAVER systems have helped hundreds of thousands of people produce safe sterile drinking water.

Philosophy

“Everyone deserves safe drinking water” – Michael Pritchard, 2007

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1.1 Billion People are trapped in water poverty. At LIFESAVER we have the answer. We offer simple low cost solutions enabling those in water poverty to be freed from it. Current thinking tells us that we must build water infrastructure in the underdeveloped and developing world. Realistically however, the funds simply do not exist to make this happen. We believe in thinking differently.”

Mother Nature has the perfect water delivery system, the clouds! They pick the water up from the sea, desalinate it, transport it 100’s of miles across land, and deposit it on the mountains and in the rivers and streams, at no cost. And where do people live? Near water. All we have to do is make that water clean. How do we do this? Simple! All LIFESAVER products can do this. They are currently helping millions of people around the world, taking them out of water poverty for good.

LIFESAVER also overcomes another major problem with water – how do you store clean water? Again by thinking differently LIFESAVER products store water in its dirty state. Why? Well have you tried storing water clean? At LIFESAVER we only clean the water at the point of use; another major advantage over other systems and means that our systems only clean the exact amount of water required at that time and not a drop more. Find out more about our work in Borneo, Malaysia, lifting 1 million people out of water poverty here.

Inventor and entrepreneur Michael Pritchard is the founder of LIFESAVER systems. LIFESAVER uses unique patented technology, originally developed by Pritchard to produce safe sterile drinking water anywhere. LIFESAVER is based in Colchester, UK and its products are sold in over 100 countries. The company’s goal is simple, to ‘End Water Poverty’.

The company has 4 main products, the LIFESAVER bottle, LIFESAVER jerrycan and it’s 2 latest products LIFESAVER cube and LIFESAVER M1.

LIFESAVER technology removes all microbiological contamination and has been proven in the harshest conditions from the flooding in Pakistan to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Michael’s passion to end water poverty globally and provide safe drinking water for all resonates in his enthusiasm and dedication to the cause.

His company has been chosen by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to be part of the UK’s Rapid Response Facility for short-notice deployment of LIFESAVER technology to any future international disaster. Using it’s latest ‘Infrastructure Replacement Technology’ LIFESAVER has partnered with the government of Malaysia to provide remote villages nationwide with safe drinking water. By the end of 2013 this project alone will have lifted 1 million people out of water poverty, permanently!

The LIFESAVER bottle is standard issue for all British military personnel in Afghanistan, is NATO recognized and is used by many other militaries around the world.

Michael has been a proud patron of the international aid exhibition Aidex for the last 3 years and has spoken and lectured at a number of international events including TED Global, MIT, iFest and PWC’s Diamond exchange. Michael has had numerous TV & Radio appearances including on BBC News, ITV, Italy’s IL SENSO della VITA, Fox News, ABC and many others.

Last year Michael consulted for BP’s Chief Technology Office on innovative solutions to prevent another ‘Deep Water Horizon’ catastrophe and has recently recorded a program for the BBC2’s flagship program ‘Horizon’ on nano-technology. Michael also accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron for a week on his Asian tour in 2012.

Michael is passionate about his work and is immensely proud that his technology is used by many international agencies including The Red Cross, Oxfam, MSF and Shelternow. Michael’s views on ending water poverty are now becoming better understood by the wider world. Michael’s TED video is used as an educational tool by hundreds of schools and colleges around the world. Educational establishments have started to teach these principles as part of the curriculum in Hong Kong (Longman Secondary Interactive Science (2nd edition)) and the UK (Optumus education – Inspiring Sustainability through Geography: Thought-provoking lessons for key stages 3 & 4).

Born in Epsom, Surrey in 1967, Michael was educated at Gordonstoun School in Scotland and progressed to the University of Redlands in California, USA where he studied Business Administration and Political Science. At the age of 18 he competed at international level winning a gold medal for England in the 4 x 100m relay.

Michael’s career began in the computer industry selling Apple computers, after which he moved to Wace Group PLC in London as Business Development Director before co-founding Zagme.com a mobile ‘location based’ marketing company in 1998. In 2000 Michael started a property development company shortly followed by a risk assessment business in 2002. In 2006 Michael invented LIFESAVER with the first commercially available products going on sale in September 2007. Michael holds over 100 patents covering several fields including drinking water, aerosols and oil exploration. In 2009 he appeared on the BBC TV’s Dragon’s Den, pitching another of his inventions, the ANYWAY spray. ANYWAY spray technology removes the need for harmful propellants in aerosols such as butane and propane and allows for any orientation operation.

Michael’s products have been exhibited in museums and exhibitions around the world including Museum of Science, Boston USA; The British Science Museum, London UK; The Science Museum of Minnesota, USA and the National Army Museum, UK. In 2012, the LIFESAVER bottle became one of the 15 top British inventions included in the British Library’s exhibition ‘Inventing the 21st Century.’

Michael has recently been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. Michael’s award is in recognition of his innovative drive to tackle water poverty, ‘I am honoured to have been awarded an MBE from Her Majesty and proud that my passion to end water poverty globally has enabled me this achievement. LIFESAVER was founded to provide a means to make clean, sterile drinking water. Everyone deserves safe drinking water and my dedication will continue until I can say I have achieved this.

For more information, please visit www.lifesaversystems.com

Jul
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Laurie Penix and Zomm

By Laurie Penix

This story starts on a treadmill…

“Every day while walking on the treadmill and watching Oprah, I prayed that God would send me an idea that will enable me to work smarter, not harder. During one of these workouts, one of my girlfriends called me and asked me if I had an extra mobile phone. Her husband had lost yet another one of their phones. What made this day special was that I had just finished reading an article on Bluetooth® technology. The article mentioned how this technology can be used to connect products within about a 30′ distance. It was at this moment that I had what my husband, Henry, calls an ‘exercise, Oprah-induced, epiphany’.”

Laurie and Henry have a history of successful ventures and have helped many other business leaders grow their companies. From her entrepreneurial experience, she knew this idea was special!

“I told Henry my idea and we both became convinced that a “wireless leash™” product would be a solution to a very common, modern day problem. We immediately went online and searched Bluetooth® technology and the name Peter Hauser kept coming up over and over. We contacted Peter and invited him to our home in Tulsa to explore the idea further.”

Peter’s extensive experience with consumer electronics and his insider knowledge of the Bluetooth® wireless technology industry allowed these brainstorming sessions to quickly evolve and refine the concept into a product.


“We quickly realized that this product had the potential to become a true ‘must-have’ accessory for the mobile phone. And of course, every good product needs a name. Since the idea for this came from my kids constantly losing their phones, the name, ZOMM, followed pretty quickly. ZOMM stands for Zac, Olivia and Madison’s Mom. As Henry and I started sharing my idea with our circle of friends, stories started pouring in about how many people had lost their phones. And all I kept thinking was ‘we all need a ZOMM.'”

In the months that followed after the initial meetings with Peter, ZOMM quickly grew from a concept to patents, drawings and specifications

“Henry and I believed so strongly in ZOMM and it’s potential that we made the decision to put all of our resources towards making ZOMM a success. We spent the next year meeting with people best in their fields who caught the vision and teamed up with us to build a new company from scratch. We all made difficult sacrifices, all of us believing that the rewards would be worth it.”


With the team assembled, ZOMM (the company) was born. What followed was arguably the fastest development project in history. ZOMM grew from a concept to a functional, mass-producible, high-end consumer product in less than a year. In the process, ZOMM won a prestigious CES Innovation Award in its category in 2010.

“As a woman and a mother of three, it is really exciting and humbling to have such an intelligent and qualified team working with me to develop my idea into a global enterprise. I am amazed that in such a short time, we have accomplished so much. When I saw the booth at CES, it brought tears to my eyes.”

ZOMM continues to make headlines. Laurie’s story has been picked up by all major media outlets. She has begun making media appearances in her role as President of ZOMM with her husband, Henry (CEO) by her side, leading the company into new areas of innovation and improving the mobile phone experience.

“What now? Well maybe it’s time to get back on the treadmill to find more ways to make ZOMM the ‘must-have accessory for mobile phones’.”

For more information, please visit www.zomm.com

Jul
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Sarah Brennan Mott and Nurse Born, LLC

By Sarah Brennan Mott

Nurse Born, LLC was founded by Sarah Brennan Mott, RN in 2012 to promote innovative products designed by nurses. After 15 years in the healthcare field Sarah began to notice how her co-workers continuously came up with innovative ideas to solve common everyday problems associated with various aspects of their job. Through this practical approach Sarah came up with the idea for the Nurse Born Stethoscope Holster.

Suffering from neck pain and discomfort that was aggravated from the weight of the stethoscope around her neck, Sarah looked for an alternative means of carrying her stethoscope. Unable to find a satisfactory solution, Sarah was inspired to create a spring based stethoscope holster that offered an easy means of carrying the stethoscope while on the move in a work environment. It was during the process of inventing the Stethoscope Holster that the concept for Nurse Born came into being.

Nurse Born offers products designed by nurses. Sarah feels that nurses are some of the most dedicated and innovative people in healthcare. They are the ones that provide direct care and often have to improvise in order to provide that care. You can find Nurse Born, LLC and the Nurse Born Stethoscope Holster at NurseBorn.com

The Process:

While out of work recovering from a neck injury, Sarah decided to put together a stethoscope holster out of items she found around the house – duck tape being one of the items! Because the product worked so well, Sarah’s husband encouraged her to research how to get a patent. While researching Sarah found out that UCONN School of Intellectual Property and Law Clinic had a program in which they did free patent work. For the heck of it; she filled out an application. Sarah’s application was chosen over more than a hundred other applicants. She worked with a professor who was previously a patent attorney and a student. UCONN liked Sarah’s stethoscope holster so much, they offered to send the project over to their business school to have a business plan prepared for her.

It did not all fall into place as easy as it sounds. After waiting around two years for patent approval, Sarah received her first denial letter. The UCONN professor told her this was standard practice and not to worry. Modifications were made and the application was resubmitted. Time passed and finally Sarah received word that the modified application was also denied. Certain that her product was an original, Sarah sought out a private attorney who made the changes necessary for patent approval. Sarah has no regrets about working with UCONN, if it was not for them, I would never have pursued this journey, Sarah stated.

After the students at the UCONN Business Dept. completed the business plan, Sarah and her husband were invited to a presentation of the business plan. It was during the business plan presentation that Sarah met a manufacturing student from China. The older female student told Sarah that she was an agent for manufacturing in China. Sarah never contacted the agent. However, about a year later, the agent contacted Sarah to see how she was doing with product development. Encountering many obstacles in development, Sarah decided to meet with the agent from China.

A mold was made in China and product samples began to arrive. The product samples were not satisfactory and they were sent back for improvement on several occasions. The agent tried to convince Sarah to settle for the faulty product and move Sarah in a direction that she did not want to go. Sarah eventually realized that the China agent was charging too much for her
“piece of the pie” and that the agent was not completely honest. Sarah ended the relationship. This delayed the project by another year and the loss of around six thousand dollars.

Eventually, Sarah jointed SCORE. The Small Business Association’s free mentoring program. Through SCORE Sarah was matched with a female mentor that had experience in product development and business start up. Sarah’s mentor got her on the right track for finding a reputable manufacturer. Finally, Sarah had a manufacturer to work with. A second mentor who specialized in marketing was added to the team. Her mentors Pat and Tom provided her with direction, practical advice, resources and the honest feedback that she needed to bring her dream to reality. Sarah stated, I could not have gotten this far without the help from my mentors Pat, Tom and the SCORE organization.

Currently, Sarah is working with an American manufacturer that has factories in both America and China. Sarah stated that her manufacturer is not the cheapest, but he is the best fit for her. He believes in her products as much as she does and he has gone above and beyond to help her get it developed, packaged and ready for sale. Sarah is also working with a fantastic website developer who has been a huge part of bringing her dream to reality. Sarah states that without the assistance from her team she would not have the top notch product and online storefront that she has today.

The Nurse Born Stethoscope Holster can be found at www.nurseborn.com

If you would like to stay up to date with what is going on with you can visit Nurse Born on Facebook at NurseBorn. LIKE the page and keep up with Nurse Born’s future projects and products.

Best advice, find a team that is not only qualified to assist you with your dream, but one that also believes in you.

Jun
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Dale D. Miller, JD and Chin-Up Strips

By Dale D. Miller, JD

Dale D. Miller, JD – Chin-Up Strip Inventor’s Personal Story
Simply Helping the World Sleep.

Over 8 million Chin-Up Strips shipped to doctors, sleep centers, resellers, snoring mouth breathers & CPAP users who have oral venting issues.

I did not sleep well for many years. I woke up congested and tired during the decade of my 40’s. My wife and children told me I snored loudly every time I fell asleep. Relatives and friends joked about my snoring the same as we had joked about my Father’s snoring before he died in his sleep in November 1983. I am sure my Father would have lived longer with today’s advances in sleep medicine.

In the late 1980’s I became involved, as a personal injury trial attorney, in two auto accident cases where drivers fell asleep driving during the daytime! People died and others were seriously injured. Those sad cases convinced me to schedule my first sleep study at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield WI in 1993.

I was 50 yeas old in 1993. My RN wife told me for years that I stop breathing during sleep. After my first hospital sleep study, Dr. Honsotia informed me that I am a nocturnal mouth breather suffering with a serious condition called sleep apnea.

My respiratory disturbance index (RDI) was 22. I would stop breathing, for 10 seconds or longer, 22 times per hour!

Dr Honsotia prescribed Cpap therapy for me. Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) machine changed my life. I had more energy, but dry mouth and jaw pain from the Chin Strap that jammed my upper and lower teeth together was a problem. During a follow up doctor visit, I asked if mouth breathing could be the cause of my snoring and sleep apnea and dry mouth. Dr. Honsotia said: “I wish we had a tolerable cure for mouth breathing. That would help you.”

After that doctor visit, my RN wife and I worked on coming up with a simple way to keep my mouth closed during sleep. We laughed about how difficult it may be to find a tolerable device to keep an attorney’s mouth closed, even when sleeping.

On December 21, 1995 I returned to St. Joseph’s Hospital for a second full night sleep study using no device the first half of the night and using only our original Chin-Up Strip the second half of the night. Dr. Honsotia indicated the first half of the night, I snored and experienced numerous sleep apnea events. The second half of the night, using only our Chin-Up Strip, my snoring was reduced significantly and my Respiratory Disturbance Index dropped to 5 which was in the normal range.

Dr Honsotia said: “Attorney Miller you need to get a patent on your Chin-Up Strip device as soon as possible! There are millions of people who would benefit from using your simple device to control mouth breathing.”

In 1997 and 1998, patient sleep studies were conducted to “Evaluate the Chin-Up Strip” in a hospital sleep center in Lexington, KY under the direction of a University of KY sleep
medicine doctor named Barbara Phillips, MD.

1997- 98 Sleep Study Data Published in CHEST Cardio-Pulmonary & Critical Care Journal 10/98 p.383S University of KY Medical College Columbia Hospital
Lexington, KY – Barbara Phillips, MD, FCCP, MS.
Conclusions – Clinical Implications

“We conclude that the Chin-Up Strip combined with Breathe Right nasal strip is an effective alternative treatment for the primary snorer, as well as for mild OSA patients who are not surgical candidates or cannot tolerate CPAP.”

After the sleep study was published, we set up our website www.chinupstrip.com and attended sleep medicine meetings and Med Trade shows. Drugstore.com began selling Chin-Up Strips 1999. We need a partner to help us offer our strips in “brick and mortar” drug stores in addition to “click and order” websites.

Dan Cohen, MD, the founder of CNS – The Breathe Right nasal strip Company – was very helpful in recommending where to manufacture and market our Chin-Up Strips.

3M Medical Specialties supplies medical grade tapes which are die cut into Chin-Up Strips.

We offer 3 different shaped strips to satisfy our customers around the world.

Hospital sleep centers have been our best source of referral customers.

DI have been a speaker at hospital sleep support groups around the U.S. (A.W.A.K.E.).

Since 1999, DKSH in Japan and British Snoring and Sleep Apnea Association have been ordering more than 200,000 strips per year in bulk 1000 count rolls. We also ship individual customer orders world wide from our website using stamps.com.

FDA cleared Chin-Up Strips for mouth breathing and oral venting with Cpap in 2004.

Chin-Up Strips and Breathe Right strips have not been cleared by FDA to treat Sleep Apnea, alone or together. Use as accessory with Cpap therapy.

FDA cleared “Indications for Use” – 510(k)

FDA cleared “Indications for Use” – 510(k)

1. Chin-Up Strips support the chin during sleep, thereby promoting and enhancing nasal breathing, by reducing mouth breathing and oral venting.

2. Chin-Up Strips promote and enhance nasal breathing to help Breathe Right nasal strips reduce or eliminate snoring. I have used Chin-Up Strips to limit my nocturnal mouth breathing since December 1995.

Simply getting older was not the reason I had low energy and daytime sleepiness during my late 40’s. The primary cause was mouth breathing and sleep apnea which have been treated with Chin-Up Strips and Cpap since December 1995. I am very grateful to the experts in sleep medicine who have helped me.

At time of this update, June 2017, I continue to use my Cpap with AirFit P10 nasal pillows and Chin-Up Strips which control my mouth breathing. They have allowed me to enjoy an active life into my 74th year now.

Virginia and I married in Milwaukee 10/31/1964. Have 4 children 8 grandchildren.

We still sleep in the same bed! Lucky Me!

• End dry mouth and oral venting with CPAP
• Reduce loud mouth snoring the first night
• Safely limit mouth breathing comfortably

Dale D. Miller, JD – Inventor – Enjoy More Good Nights and Great Days.

dmiller176@aol.com – www.chinupstrip.com – Atlanta GA office 888-835-4563 -1-678-482-8508

Chin-Up Strips are used with Cpap not a primary treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Jun
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Nancy Tedeschi and the SnapIt Screw

By Nancy Tedeschi


My name is Nancy Tedeschi and I am the inventor of the SnapIt Screw, a revolutionary way to repair your broken eyeglasses. When I was a child I was the kid that everyone bullied. I had buck teeth and I was constantly made fun of being called names like Bucky Beaver and Buck Teeth. Somewhere along the way I detached from myself so I didn’t have to feel the pain.

I barely graduated from high school and the counselors told my parents that I just was not a bright child. They gave me an IQ test and my IQ was 92. Seven years later, after graduating high school I applied to my local community college. They would not accept me unless I took some remedial courses. I took the classes and did very well and moved on to enroll in college. With my slow success in life, I began to develop self-confidence and boy, did I soar.

I invented the SnapIt Screw (snapitscrew.com) and I was able to bring my product from concept to the shelves of major retailers on my own. Only about one half of one percent of inventors can actually say that they have done this. After college, I was given another IQ test and my IQ scored 146, which should tell you a lot about what confidence can do for you. I knew that I was not stupid and know that if I was not bullied throughout my life, that I would have not had the strength and determination to pull through. I believe that God puts us all in a place throughout our lives in order to use us in the best way he knows how.

I now understand why I went through what I did when I was younger and want to direct my efforts towards a greater cause, to put an end to bullying. While teaming up with Jaylen’s Challenge I have decided to give back and support this little boy who can be a voice for so many children. Jaylen has a message that has begun to spread and I want to donate a portion of net proceeds from my company to help Jaylen take this problem nationwide.

My company is currently in the Top Ten products for Walmart’s Get On the Shelf contest. During April 11th to the 24th, consumers can visit www.getontheshelf.com where they can vote for the product that they would like to see on the shelves of Walmart. They can vote through Facebook once a day and text our product code of 656 in the message box to number 383838. Three top winners will be announced once the voting is complete, with the grand prize of product placement in Walmart’s all over.

While I understand the endless opportunities for my company if we were to win and get SnapIt Screw onto the shelves of every Walmart, I also see the endless amount of support that I could provide to different anti-bullying foundations, like Jaylen’s Challenge, to help bring bullying to an end. With my support and the support from my company, I could help to fund some of Jaylen’s dreams such as traveling to schools to speak about bullying and bringing an end to a problem that have been going on for far too long.

In life you sometimes don’t understand why you have to go through some of the hard times but I can honestly say that God had plans for me the day I was born. I would not trade my buck teeth for anything in the world and I hope that with the same determination that I used to conquer my self-esteem, get my product on the shelves of major retailers that I am able to help eradicate the bullying that occurs every day in this country.


My Journey

I applied for a patent in August of 2008 and I still have not received one in this county. The examiner has made several mistakes which I was successful in getting over turned. It cost me an additional 9 months in the system. I am receiving patents in foreign countries and still have not been able to navigate through the system in my own country.

I signed a license agreement with a big company in which they were to get my product on the market. Suffice it to say they did nothing for 9 months at which time I cancelled the agreement. I have been successful at putting the product on the shelves. Shame on me for not getting a more detailed agreement.

I paid a company that “promised to help me get a company to back my product and make me lots of money”. Of course nothing ever transpired. I then paid another company 10,000 dollars to bring it to the market and after 4 months when nothing was done I demanded my money back and moved on. Lucky for me they gave it back to me.

Next I negotiated a contract with an infomercial company who was supposed to be my “partner” and bring my product to the market. They were to come up with half the money and I would pay half the money, we would share in the profits. Again after 4 months nothing was done after giving them $7,500.00 up front. Shame on me! They told me it would cost us 50,000 dollars, I would pay 25,000 and they would pay 25,000. After much research I ended up producing and testing the infomercial myself for a total cost of about $12,000.

Trying to get a return call back from a buyer at a major department store is impossible. For every 100 calls you make I might get one return call. My product actually works and makes fixing your eyeglass a cinch. Please watch my video at snapitscrew.com

I am sure you are reading this and saying WOW how stupid can someone be? I would have to defend myself and say that I am a very successful business women. I have worked for myself for 25 years and I have a lot to show for it. I will say that the business I was in has nothing to do with being an inventor.

I tell people that I hate this screw and they laugh. It’s not that I really hate the screw because it really does revolutionize the way we will fix our eyeglasses. But it is the process in which I hate. Through this process I can say that I found my passion. I have given talks at the Manhattan Inventors Association, the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance Center. I have several upcoming speaking engagements at Universities around the country. My goal now is to help other inventors navigate their way through a system that is impossible. Quite frankly I don’t care if I ever make any money doing it. I’m told that when you find your passion it is not work anymore and that is how I feel.

Please help me get this story out to streamline this process which will help our economy recover and put people back to work.

Any questions you might have I can be reached at 518-487-1550 or snapitscrew@gmail.com

For more information, please visit www.nancytedeschi.com and www.snapitscrew.com

Kindest regards,
Nancy Tedeschi

Jun
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Lily and the Kangaroo Cup by Joe Born

By Joe Born

The Kangaroo Cup is the invention of my daughter when she was 8.

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A couple years ago, Lily came up with an invention to help her grandfather who has Parkinson’s disease, and was frequently spilling his drinks. Using low temperature plastic, and a bit of experimentation, she made him a plastic cup that didn’t tip and was comfortable.

About a year later, she noticed that I was recovering my laptop from spilled coffee, and she made me a ceramic version at a local pottery studio. After using it a short time, I realized what a great invention it was and asked her if she wanted to try to bring it to production. What followed was a year long adventure of a lifetime that had us up to our elbows in clay, then traveling across the world to the ceramics capital of JingDeZhen, China to refine our models, find a manufacturer, and prepare for a production run. Today, it has culminated in this Indiegogo project to bring that cup to production.


What started out a simple weekend project has become almost an obsession to build the world’s best cup, and for a father to give his daughter the amazing experience of bringing an invention to production. This campaign is even more than that, it is about sending a message to every parent and every kid with an invention (which is just about every kid) that in history’s blink of an eye, we suddenly find ourselves living in a world where that dream can be made real. That’s why we hope that you’ll help us spread the word, and get involved

To every kid (of any age) with an idea, this project is dedicated to you!

Acknowledgments

A father and daughter team could never take on a project like this alone. This project would not have ever started without the unflinching support and inspiration of Andrea Horyn at Bughouse Studio (and without Kathryn introducing us to Andrea). On the production side, we’ve had the incredible luck to be supported by YanJun Weng and his expert ceramics team at Wow Tao Ceramics and the China National Ceramic Art Center in JingDeZhen, China. And of course, a special thanks to Gramma and Grampa and Aunty Kate for inspiring and collaborating on the invention every step of the way, and helping with our website.

Get Involved

You can be more than a spectator in this story. Your support can help us bring Lily’s adventure to other young inventors.

We live in a very different world than the one many of us grew up in, where our business aspirations were limited to lemonade stands and bake sales. Today, the barriers to designing, making and selling products have dropped to the point that, with our help, a child’s inventions can become real. The naysayers and gatekeepers of our youth are gone, and it is our mission to spread that news to every child we can. That’s why we enthusiastically support a brand new Chicago initiative called the Science and Entrepreneurship Exchange, started out of Chicago’s Nettlehorst School who’s mission is to do for Chicago’s students what Lily’s dad did for her.

Children hold boundless stores of energy and enthusiasm. If we want that energy applied to learning science and technology, we must first inspire them with the potential of their creativity. Help us by supporting and spreading the word about Lily’s project.

To learn more and discuss other ways you can participate, join our “Teaching Invention” mailing list. Please visit our website at www.kangaroocups.com
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