Part 6 – Seen samples of my Candy Idea

by Tara

sweet shop candy idea

If you have read some of my old blog posts you may know that I tried my hand at licensing a simple fun candy idea with the help of the InventRight Course System if not you can read about it here.

Part 1) Just Started Inventright Course on How to License your Invention Ideas
Part 2) Review of Progress to Learn about Licensing Invention Ideas on the InventRight Course
Part 3) I Suck at Inventing, What About You?
Part 4) Filing a US Provisional Patent Plus Useful Books and Software
Part 5) Part 5 – Signed my First Licensing Agreement for an Idea

Anyway – it’s been a long time, but today in the post I received some samples of the product from the company that’s making them. I still can’t really say much about it as they are not on the market yet. The company have used the name I came up with and now I just have my fingers crossed that their buyers like and stock the product.

How are your inevntion ideas progressing – let me know in the comments below?

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason May 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Congrats! Can’t wait to see it.

I just signed a licensing deal with a major player in the bbq and grilling industry….will share more as soon as I can.

Jason

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Tara May 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

Thanks Congrats to you too :)

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John May 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

Hi Tara. Thank a lot for sharing your process with InventRight. Congratulations on earning your licensing deal. I’m in the process of doig research on InventRight to make sure it is a good fit. Thus far, I think it is. I think you have a career in inventor journalism as well as product development. What were the pros and cons of InventRight? Also, are you paid in anyway by InventRight to post this blog?
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Tara May 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

HI John
I was not paid to post this. InventRight don’t have an affiliate program, I did ask as I thought it was a good course but they said they didn’t have an affiliate scheme as it makes it seem less legit (you get some people writing fictitious reviews).

The Good Points
Regular webinars,
Direct contact with Andrew and Stephen so you can arrange a call to sort out problems
A set of steps to follow

The Bad Points
Obviously only good if you want to license – not for someone who wants to actually make and sell a product.
The forum was not very active ( I would have liked to network with other members more)

Have you got Stephens book One Simple Idea? Definitely worth a read and InventRight also have a free podcast here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inventright

If you want I would be happy to chat on Skype or email with you if you have any specific questions.

Thanks

Tara

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John May 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

Hi Tara! Thanks for the fast response and thank you for answering all the questions asked. I will certainly check our Mr.Key’s book. It would be wonderful to Skype with you…I really would like to trust this program because I am certainly one who can benefit a lot from the program! I see it being the key step to my product development success!

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Justin May 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Hi Tara,

Congratulations!
I recently signed up for the invent right course myself, due in part to the push from your previous articles. In any case, I think it’s fantastic of you to be sharing every step of the way here on your blog. Look forward to photos / seeing the product on the market!

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Tara May 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

Hi Justin
Thank you. Good luck with the course, let me know how you get on.

All the best
Tara

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Yvonne Jane Wright May 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

Congratulations, Tara!

Well done on getting so far :D You’re an inspiration! Love reading your blogs :D

Bear hugs,

Yvonne – Ecobears

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Tara May 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

Thanks Yvonne – still some way to go yet :)
How’s things with you? Maybe catch up on Skype again sometime soon?

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Yvonne Jane Wright May 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

Would be great to catch up on Skype sometime :D Things going well – all positive. New Ecobears interactive book coming out in a few weeks time. Also a new full colour hard copy format in a few months. Will be coming to UK to do some school book readings later in the year. Campo life is busy – with chickens, veggie plots & new trees & grapevines. Plus normal sewing activities!
You’re right – things take a long time to come together, but if you stick at it they do! Good luck, Tara!

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david August 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hi Tara,
Great blog. I read all of the posts with great interest. I’ve read Stephen’s book (twice) and really enjoy it. Did you also read the book, or just the course? I am curious to know if the book alone is enough to actually license an idea. Also, you mentioned that they suggested starting in the candy industry, since you don’t need patents. But in the end, you did file a PPA, so why did they suggest candy? And finally, your last post was in May. Any news about your product? Is it selling yet? Please fill us in.
Hope it all works out

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Tara August 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

Hi David, Thanks. I have read the book and done the course. I think the real difference with the course (along with all the webinars) is that you can talk one-to-one to Andrew or Stephen when you get stuck and that’s invaluable. I think they suggest candy as it doesn’t need to be a huge idea, it’s fun and gives you experience of all the steps. I filed the ppa just as a bit of perceived protection. I spoke to the company who licensed it on Skype this week, they are still working on it – getting the cost down to a low enough price is still proving an issue, but they are still working on it.

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Pauline October 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Hi Tara,
Thank you for your blog. I enjoyed reading. You really inspired me. May I ask you how long did it tak you to go thru the course? And about how much time did you dedicate a day/week etc. ? I want to make the move but….need one more moment to plan..like maybe New Years gift to meee. Also looking forward to there new book coming out in November. I cant wait to buy your candy and tell all my friends I KNEW HER WHEN>>> Best wishes.

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Tara October 25, 2012 at 9:23 am

Hi Pauline, you could spend as much or little time as you want as there is no real time limit. I didn’t dedicate a set time for it, I just worked on it when I didn’t have freelance work. The candy has come to a bit of a standstill at the moment as the company are struggling to get manufacturing costs down.
Good luck with your inventing.

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David October 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

Hi Tara,
I have a few questions for you:
1) Have you spoken to Stephen or Andrew about the unexpected slowdown at the manufacturer? What were their comments?
2) Did the course advise you on issues like this that could arise and give you advice about how to preempt a situation like this during the contract phase? I would expect that the contract should stipulate estimated time of actual manufacturing, and what happens if they miss that date.
Thanks and good luck,
David

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Tara October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hi david

1) Have you spoken to Stephen or Andrew about the unexpected slowdown at the manufacturer? What were their comments?

No I haven’t as I know the manufacturer is still working on it. They would advise me if I asked though – they have always been very helpful.

2) Did the course advise you on issues like this that could arise and give you advice about how to preempt a situation like this during the contract phase? I would expect that the contract should stipulate estimated time of actual manufacturing, and what happens if they miss that date.

Yes I could back out of the contract and there is advice in the course, but the company had done quite a lot of development work so I am sticking with it and will work on new ideas instead as and when (in between other projects).

All the best

Tara

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David C April 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi Tara
Congratulations on your success and great blog.
I have skimmed through ‘One simple Idea’ about patenting and, unsurprisingly, it concentrated on American legislation. I’m sure it will be the same with the Inventright course. Did you find the course useful and adaptable in this regard?

Cheers
David

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Tara May 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Hi David

Sorry for the late reponde. There are some lectures in the course forum with patent attorneys which cover legal stuff.

Thanks
Tara

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