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:=============>> deus ex machina
Sherlock Holmes: "It's Elementary, my dear Watson." -- -- The Eureka Solution... The Voila` Vindication... The Inventors Association of St. Louis' -- "deus ex machina" ---- God from the machine

-- any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.
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-- 11. Inventors, Invention and Big Money

-- 12. We Won't Let You Down

-- 13. The More You Know...

-- 14. Day Job View: Been There Done That

-- 15. The Nitty-gritty - the need to know

-- 16. Inventor - President Thomas Jefferson

-- 17. There's Room at the Top

-- 18. Change and Growth and Dynamics

-- 19. You can lead a horse to water...

-- 20. You can't possibly have all the answers

-- 21. Why didn't you say so?

-- 22. -- -- Everything you need in a nutshell

-- 23. The "Aha Moment" - The IASL Bulletin Board

-- THE WISDOM OF EVALUATION…

Innovation always starts with an idea; when pursued this turns into an invention and, after a lot of hard work, into a potential new product which then requires even more hard work and expense to launch into the marketplace. Innovation almost never happens if inventors are not excited about their inventions.

However, caution is likewise necessary. Without it, you may end up spending a lot of time, money, and effort pursuing an idea which solves a problem for you, but which lacks commercial potential. When this happens, you end up putting that time, money, and effort into a project that doesn't go anywhere. That’s time, money, and effort which could be invested in another project.

No one really knows what the odds are as to whether an idea will be successful in the marketplace. That depends on the commercial quality of the idea and the quality of the venture which develops and markets it.

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-- -- Evaluating Invention Submitters and Marketing Agents By Jack Lander of www.Inventor-mentor.com

-- -- "Many of our clients (and clients to-be) who have patentsask us about the invention submission or invention help services that claim they will either submit your invention to manufacturers, or develop it for you so that it can then be submitted. In general, these firms are ineffective. Few of them are outright scams; they do what their fine-print claims they’ll do. This concession is because some of the officers of the scammers have gone to prison in the past. But do they provide you with valuable services, and earn their high prices? The answer is almost certainly NO.

-- -- Many inventors are also worried that their ideas or inventions will be stolen. These fellows aren’t interested in stealing anyone’s invention. That means they’d have to work to make money, and it’s much, much easier to take the uninformed inventor’s money without the hard work of producing and marketing.

-- -- The invention submitters and developers make an enormous amount of money by turning out carbon-copy boilerplate, and often inadequate prototypes and worthless patents. They become enormously wealthy because what they do is virtually risk free, and pays them outrageous fees upfront. Taking on actually developing an invention, and then submitting it to industry, has a poor record of producing profit. In short, it demands work and risk, something that repels the “sharks.” (I don’t mean to sound too discouraging at this point. Properly coached by an ethical service, your chances of success are greatly improved.)

-- -- To be fair, there are a few developers who, if they accept your invention, will actually develop it and take it to market without your having to invest money up front. Unlike the heavily advertised submitters and developers, the ethical persons or firms accept very few inventions that cross their desks. My estimate is that it’s less than 5 percent. (Evergreen IP, one of the ethical developers, stated in a recent e-mail that they had accepted only 12 of about 1500 inventions proposed to them. That’s just a bit less than 1 percent, about the same as the success rate of the submitters who charge outrageous fees.)

-- -- What about invention marketing agents? Shouldn’t an agent work strictly on commission, like a real-estate agent?

-- -- Theoretically, yes. And the best agents do. They don’t charge you anything for their efforts except perhaps travel expenses if they have to visit a long-distance potential licensee. However, expect an effective agent to want from 30 to 50 per-cent of whatever income you might collect from your licensee in royalties, or a lump-sum buyout.

-- -- Is 50 percent outrageous?

-- -- Not in our opinion. There often is a long, dry period between the time they take on an invention and when the first payment is received. Meanwhile, they have living and business expenses. And licensing is a risky business; many inventions don’t get licensed in spite of their best efforts.

-- -- How does an inventor tell the difference between the sharks and the good guys?

-- -- Here are two questions that you should ask of any invention submitter, developer, helper, or marketing agent:

-- -- 1. Out of 100 inventions submitted to you, how many do you accept and work on?

-- -- The answer should be no more than 20 percent — ideally, less than 10 percent. Any person or firm accepting more than 20 percent of the proposed ideas or inventions, in our opinion, is either unethical or deluded. To work on an invention that obviously does not merit the work, is to take an inventor’s money under false pretense, or, in the case of an invention marketing agent, is giving false encouragement to the inventor. And the agents who take on more than a few percent put the less promising inventions on a back burner, and work on those that look most promising.

-- -- 2. Will you give me the names of three clients whose inventions have earned more than they paid you?

-- -- Answers such as “Our client list is confidential.” or “Our offices are scattered all over the country. We just don’t get this kind of feedback.” are typical, and are utter nonsense. Any person or firm that succeeds on behalf of his or her clients finds that 90 percent of those clients are happy to have their names used. We speak from experience. Check our web site for our client’s words, photos, names, and towns.

-- -- If you are still tempted to use an invention submitter or helper, have an attorney check their fine print very carefully before you sign anything. And always ask their full cost. Typically, this is from $12,000 to $15,000.

-- -- Effective agents who don’t charge up-front fees are hard to find, but we list a few in our “golden Rolodex.” (We are mentors, not marketing agents.) See our web site for upcoming seminars."

-- -- Until next time . . .

-- -- Best wishes, Jack Lander - www.Inventor-Mentor.com

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-- -- Jack Lander is a mentor to inventors, as well as a seasoned inventor with 13 patents and always working on more. His most commercially successful patents are assigned to U.S. Surgical Corporation. Jack served as President of the United Inventors Association and is presently the Vice President of the Yankee Invention Exposition. He has been a feature columnist in Inventors' Digest magazine for the past 14 years writing the "Lander Zone." He is a published author of "How to Finance Your Invention or Great Idea," "All I Need Is Money," and more than 50 special reports for inventors. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide you, and his newest book is entitled: Marketing Your Invention: a complete guide to licensing, and to marketing and selling your invention. His web site is www.inventor-mentor.com
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-- --> PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE -->
-- --> Examine Three More Indexes: -->
-- --> Heads-up Index & Marketeers Index -->

-- --> The 'Cutting Edge' Information Index -->

----> > MARK YOUR 2014 CALENDAR:

----> > FOR THE THIRD THURSDAYS OF THE MONTH ---> >

-- Thursday, January 16th, 2014, in the Auditorium of the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
-- Thursday, February 20th, 2014, in the Auditorium of the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
-- Thursday, March 20th, 2014, in the Auditorium of the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
-- Thursday, April 17th, 2014. In the Auditorium of the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
NEW IASL BOARD OF DIRECTORS WITH NEW DATES, TIMES, AND PLACES FOR IASL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS -- The 1st Thursday, May 2, 2014, it The Schneithorst Restaurant, on North Lindbergh at Clayton Rd., 6::00-8:00 PM

-- NO IASL MEETINGS DURING JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST - OUR VACATION TIME

-- The September Meeting was Called-Off


-- The 1st Thursday, October 2nd, 2014; Venture Cafe, in the Cambridge Innovation Center, 2nd Floor, 4240 Duncan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
-- The 2nd Thursday, November 13thk, 2014; Venture Cafe, 4240 Duncan Ave., 2nd Floor, 5:00 to 8:000 PM.
-- The 2nd Thursday, December 11th, 2014; Venture Cafe, 4240 Duncan Ave., 2nd Floor, 5:000 to 8:00 PM

-- --> > --- GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR INVENTION

Your IASL Meetings are now held at the CambridgeInnovation Center, in the Venture Cafe, 2nd Floor, 4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM-

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-- Meetings, so far, are as posted, but subject to unavoidable changes.
Please read the Inventors Association of St. Louis website to confirm
your appointments with us.
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For those of you who say, "I get to go to the meetings 'once in a Blue Moon,'" -
-- Check Your Calendar:
-- "Moon calendar 2014" --

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AGENDA FOR OUR ALLOTED TIME:

- OUR FIRST HOUR: "Proper Patenting Procedure for Idea People Just Like Yourselves"

- OUR SECOND HOUR -- Our Guest Speakers expect a fully attentive audience that will participate within his or her Inventors' Presentation Agenda.

- OUR FINAL HOUR: Round Table Discussion with advisors helping attendees.

-- Please respect your IASL Chairman by attending all of your/our meetings no later than by 6:00 pm. -- I fully realize that you may be delayed by inclement weather and traffic. You should start out driving 30 minutes earlier. Those extra minutes are enough to carry you through slower traffic.

U.S. Government "Short Cut" Tax Form:

1. How much did you make?

2. What do you have left?

3. Send it In!!

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-- -- "Inventors Need to Have Inventions -- --
IPWatchdog.com | Patent Copyright Trademark"
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

-- You want it "from the horse's mouth," --
meaning that you wanted to get the main person or organization to spell it out and give you the accountable truth. -- The following index comes from the USPTO:
-- "Patents Inventor Resources and Information"

-- By now you're getting p.o'd and tired. You didn't think that making your invention will be this much work. --- All this reading: IS IT NECESSARY? ---> Yes, if you want to know everything, but you don't need to know everything.
---> Skip around. You'll find that the good things will link-up with MORE GOOD THINGS.

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-- -- It's quite stressful being an inventor. Don't let anybody tell you that it's easy. 'They' haven't gone through it.
-- -- It's like the first time you rode the roller-coaster: You dared yourself to try. And you lived through it. It was sort of fun. You then went on it again. You began to like it even more. -- You minded the long line to get on--and you wished the line would hurry up. -- By your third visit, you were a veteran. :-)
-- -- Inventing is a lot like that.

-- BECOMING SUCCESSFUL --

-- The making of a successful inventor is a lot more than having an idea. One can spend months and many years trying to become successful. There are many that are driven by their inventive attempt to gain fortune and fame.

-- My purpose is to guide the willing onto the right pathways. I am a Mentor. I try to inspire and connect you to the knowledge necessary for you to will yourselves to climb higher. I mentor and assist with the right personal connectons.

-- You must have heard, "It is not only what you know, but who you know."

-- Luck is the last ingredient. Without Luck, the best inventions will die on the vine and rot on the market shelves. A prepared inventor brings to themselves their own luck.

-- Wealth is when you have the appearance to others that you have more than you have. -- 08/05/2011
Robert Scheinkman --

-- I try to provide the cutting-edge of scientific knowledge. The willing back-up. The latest resources.

-- The neophyte "Idea Person" must provide an open mind that is willing to learn and research, having the drive to continue with the stamina to win. I don't promise or guarantee anything but an opportunity. -- Robert Scheinkman 06/28/2010
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~ If you make a mistake, be big enough to admit it, smart enough to profit from it, and strong enough to correct it. -- Author unknown - Moments of Transcendence

- NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION -

-- "Go to places where ideas can find you. As I mentioned, my research asked people where and when they did their best thinking. So what did people say?

Here’s the top ten in order:

1. When I’m alone
2. Last thing at night or in bed
3. In the shower
4. First thing in the morning
5. In the car
6. Reading a book, newspaper or magazine
7. In the bath
8. Outside
9. Anywhere
10. Running

Interestingly, not a single person mentioned digital technology. Nobody said, “On the phone”, “On Facebook”, “Twitter” or “Google”. -- Technology, it seems, is good for spreading and developing ideas, but not much use for hatching them."

---> Luck will find you. You will luck-up on some very interesting facts and entertaining factoids and tidbits. - Learning should be fun, so enjoy yourself with this IASL website.

-- --> DEMYSTIFYING THE PROFIT MARGIN -- -- "First of all, let's define "profit margin." The profit margin is the gap between what customers are willing to pay for your item and what you can earn distributing it to them." -- Cut to the chase:

-- "Free Tips for Small Business Owners - Kim's Small Busines Center - The Kim Komando Radio Show? & Web site" --

-- -- As the late Johnny Carson would have said in doing 'Art Firn (Inventor)' -- "Everything you ever wanted to know about patenting is right here; at this fork in the road:" -->
-- "2001 Duty of Disclosure, Candor, and Good Faith" --

SIDEBAR: -- "In the 70s, Johnny Carson said, "You know what’s disappearing from the supermarket shelves? Toilet paper. There’s an acute shortage of toilet paper in the United States." The next day most of the 20 million viewers bought all the toilet paper they could find. Most stores were out. On his next show Carson said it was a joke and Scott showed a video showing their plants in full production. But it still didn’t help. It took 3 weeks to get stores restocked. It was the only shortage in American History caused by the customer."

-- "Description of Patent Types"

-- "35 U.S.C. 112 Specification. - Patent Laws" --

-- "Smallbiz Central: Small Business Marketing Advice From The Back of a Taxi." --

-- "Broadcasters compete to put TV on cellphones - Los Angeles Times" --

Try
Mumbo
Jumbo
Gumbo --

That is if you think you are smarter than a 5th Grader..

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-- -- The 'Cutting Edge'Information -- --

A. "Individual Patent & Trademark Assistance"

B. "PTDL Search Room Services"

C. "Invention..Truth or Consequence"

D. "America Invents Act Revision of Patent Fees, Fiscal Year 2012"

E. "Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo"

F. "Quiddity - Inventors/Inventions

G. "Success, You Will Have Earned It"

H. "To the Victor Go the Spoils"

I. "*Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sexx"

J. "You're A Big Boy Now - Yes You Are"

-- "If I had a mineshaft, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way."
-- Jack Handy

-- "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile a way from them and have their shoes."
-- Jack Handy

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-- "Whatever thy hand findest to do, do it with all thy heart." -- Jesus Christ

-- “Put your Product on the Market by Going thru the Back Door”

-- Why would it make sense for you as an inventor to find and approach other successful inventors to see if they would 'rep' your product?

There are at least 3 good reasons:

1. Because they already know the industry and its main companies, including which companies are open to looking at new products from outside inventors.

2. Because they already have relationships established with many manufacturers and the companies that distribute their invention. Some of these companies have already asked if they have any other products in their line to license?

3. Because some companies prefer to deal with established vendors who have multiple products. This makes sense when you realize that a retailer would rather deal with 50 vendors, each of whom have 10 products each, rather than 500 'one-product vendors.' Think of the amount of man hours and paperwork that this saves.

Why would it make sense for an inventor to rep other inventors’ products?

Because of what is likely to happen next: When a product becomes successful, it gets knocked off. So the next step is to have a second and then a third product to bring to the market, in order to stay in business for a longer time.

The $64,000 question is then: How do you find successful inventors to see if they would rep your product?

Answer: Look at new products that are in the stores where your product could be sold; also do Google searches in your industry; also read your industry’s trade magazines because they sometimes have stories of new product launches. There’s a successful inventor or company behind every one of them.

You can also contact the sales reps who supply the stores in your industry with products. They already have relationships established with the manufacturers that they sell for, and they might be able to get you a meeting with a key decision maker at that company. -- by Paul Niemann

Paul Niemann runs MarketLaunchers.com; building web pages for inventors. Having your own web page allows you to show your invention to companies when you’re unable to present it to them in person. It serves as your “online brochure.” Plus, it can be seen by companies who search MarketLaunchers.com’s invention database for new products.

Paul Niemann
www.MarketLaunchers.com
800-337-5758
217-224-8194
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-- "My Way News - `GoodQuests' tie online mazes to charity" --

I'll take a break here to make a point: -- -- "After all is said and done, a lot more is said than done." -- Unknown

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-- -- Things learned from TV:

-- All crimes are solved in 1 hour.

-- The Good guy always wins.

-- When you’re trapped, you always find a way out.

-- A trip from Los Angeles to China takes 5 seconds.

-- All women still have makeup on when they wake up in the morning.

-- When you’re a hero, you will never get burnt in a fire.

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-- " Free Corporation or LLC + Free Business Consultation" --

-- "Has Your "Idea" Already Been Invented?" --
-- Some other bad advice they may have given you: We are told to quit, to stop searching if and when we find that "prior art.."

-- -- I'll break in here to make a point: -- --
The college graduation-class-speaker was coming to his closing remarks and wanted to inspire this 'wet behind the ears' class: "-- and I want you to all know what it really takes to really 'make it' in today's world:
-- Take the time when you leave here to read what is written upon the auditorium doors, and remember it!" --"

-- The audience, as they passed through the doorways, were audibly giggling and chuckling one to another. -- Puzzled, the speaker looked at the door while exiting. Upon the brass doorplate was inscribed "PULL." -- He had read it as "PUSH" on his way in. ;-))

---> ---> An Inventor is Persistant. He Hits the Mark: ---> ---> (( o ))

-- -- Networking is the answer. -->>
The IASL is: -- linking organizational inspirational Brainpower - introducing one to another to another...to another.

-- A mental think-tank is the result. -->> --> You, the membership of the IASL don't need to be geniuses to really understand, that by putting the right person or people on the vexing problem - 'that certain someone who knows how' - that the results from this for you will be truely remarkable and beneficial and wonderful.

-- -- We have what may be called IASL's Minute Men and Minute Women - who are called upon for their help with their expert opinions and advice. -->> "It's Who You Know" in this world that helps you pull ahead! You've known that!!

-- "Free People Search - Find People" --

-- You need the IASL as well as we need you. --
-- Join Up Today.

-- Kudzu Fuel --

posted by Jerry Porter ( porter.gerald@wustl.edu )

Recently research has shown that Kudzu, the green leafy plant that has invaded the South, can be used as an alternative ethanol fuel. It could not necessarily replace the corn-produced ethanol, but could be used to supplement current supply approximately 10-20%. The benefits include:
1. Kudzu is significantly easier to grow that the constant attention corn requires.
2. The plant is an invasive species from Japan and is already in great abundance.
3. The process is considered to be simpler and cheaper than corn. More research needs to be done to assess the refinement process on a larger scale

more info
industry: Plant and Life Science, Industrial Technology, Retail and Consumer Products

-- "How jungle rot could power the future - LiveScience - MSNBC.com" --

-- -- You've known of businesses jumping their prices only to reduce them slowly over a week or more later: --

-- ferinstance

-- gasoline pump prices

-- "Gas Stations Hate Us"

-- "USGS Release: 3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana's Bakken Formation'25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate? (4/10/2008 2:25:36 PM)" -- [Revving up the race for fuel efficiency]

-- The world's first gas pump station, known as a filling station, was built in St. Louis, MO in 1905.

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Web Page: -- WHAT'S GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU - OR ???

-- Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

-- Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

-- Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoid Peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

-- Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of Horseradish in a cup of Olive Oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

-- Sore Throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

-- Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

-- Eliminate puffiness under your eyes..... All you need is a dab of Preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.

-- Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

-- Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

-- Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

-- Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

-- Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

-- Smart splinter remover... just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

-- Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure... cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothes the pain and brings the boil to a head.

-- Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine... a powerful antiseptic.

-- Heinz Vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

-- Kills fleas instantly. Dawn Dish Washing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

-- Rainy day cure for dog odor... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

-- Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

-- Vaseline cure for hair balls..... To prevent troublesome hair balls, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.

-- Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.