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Service Name: The IASL Was Invented To Help You
"IASL gives the PUSH that gets you to get up and go to get your idea into the market-place. The known trade secrets of the "Invention-Inventive/
What-do-I-do-with-my-idea Business."

Thought of the day “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward

-- --> IASL will provide you with the names of
U.S. Registered Patent Attorneys, the 'how to' in making prototypes, the numerous manufacturers who are needing new inventions (such as yours), the planned marketing of the finished invention, the retail sales promotion and advertising, the many trade shows and expositions, the local and overseas manufacturers, the how-to in your dealer sales presentations, infomercials, business assistance through the U.S. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) the strength of the Missouri Venture Forum and the St. Louis SourceLink; the how to in bootstrapping and dealing with bankers and venture capitalists, the help from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the many non-profit and governmental funding opportunities, and much much more. IASL gives the PUSH that gets you to get up and go to get your idea into the marketplace. The known trade secrets of the "Invention-Inventive/What-do-I-do-with-my-idea Business."

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-- -- W.O.W. (WORDS OF WISDOM) ...

-- "Why Do I Have To Press "ONE" For English When You're Just Going To Transfer Me To Someone I Can't Understand Anyway?" --

-- "Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see" - Arthur Schopenhaur

-- One Weird Trick Will Help You See Better When You Forget Your Glasses

-- "Inflation hasn’t ruined everything. A dime can still be used as a screwdriver." -- Quoted in P.S. I Love You

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-- -- INVENTORS ASSOCIATION OF ST. LOUIS

-- -- WE HONESTLY HELP YOU
-- -- WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING UNDERLINED, CLICK & LEARN --
When something is underlined on our website page, click it. It's a link for you to learn more. So go ahead, click the link. Expand your horizons and you will be glad you did!

-- "MissouriBusiness.net: Missouri Business Development Program" --

-- "AbsolutelyNew: Helping Inventors Succeed" --

SENT MARCH 14, 2014, BY PAUL NIEMANN

Dear Inventor –

Over the years, many of you have asked me if I make prototypes or help with manufacturing or get new products into retail stores for inventors. I’ve always said “no” because what I did was just build websites for inventors and list their inventions on my website.

Until now. On March 1, MarketLaunchers teamed up with accomplished inventor and Managing Director of KDK Technology LLC, Gary Kellmann. I’ll tell you about the work that Gary’s company does for inventors, but first I wanted to tell you his story – from how he got started inventing, to where he is today.

Gary invented his first product as a 19-year-old college student at Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau. It was a remote control for his alarm clock, and like so many new inventors, he spent several thousand dollars on an unscrupulous invention promotion company. That was a costly mistake, but it taught him to do as much of the inventing and marketing himself whenever possible.

Since then, he has invented many products over the years, and in 2003, one of Gary’s largest customers bought his company and sent him to China to source more products for them. He loved China and its culture, so much so that he fell in love with a beautiful Chinese woman and got married. Today, they have 2 wonderful children.

One more thing that I’ve noticed about Gary over the 15 years that we’ve been friends: The man is a workaholic whose mind is going 24 / 7 to learn as much as possible about this business, and how to help others.

Here is a partial list of the services that he offers:

· * Plastics & Metals manufacturing, with experience in most processes
· * Rapid Prototyping
· * Tooling: Molds & dies
· * Cut N’ Sew
* Consumer Electronics / Lighting
· * Home Goods
· * Production Financing
· * Assistance through the entire process: From concept to prototype to production to the store shelves. Everything except patents.

Each invention is a unique challenge, and there’s never a guarantee that your product will make money. Now you have a trusted partner that understands the in’s and out’s of product design, marketing and offshore manufacturing.

We’ll walk you through the entire process, or you can use KDK's services for whichever stage you need assistance with. Bottom line is: You get quality services and great advice along the way. Gary and I have both created products that have been successful and profitable, and you can benefit from our combined 35 years of experience.

KDK Technology manufactures for direct importers and inventors who sell to some of the largest retail chains, as well as to other distribution channels. You can see a partial portfolio of some of the products that KDK has worked on here: http://www.kdkcs.com/outsourcing-services/portfolio/

Check out the KDK website, and then give me a call if you want to discuss your project. Remember, we can help you with your Prototyping, Engineering, Product sourcing, Manufacturing (we also work with factories in the U.S.), and gaining distribution into Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, QVC, HSN and many more retailers, catalogs and e-commerce sites. http://www.kdkcs.com

Call me if you want some help, so feel free to call me on my cell: 217-653-7058. Thanks.

Best Regards,

Paul Niemann, President
www.MarketLaunchers.com
Office: (636) 477-8000.
Cell: (217) 653-7058
niemann7@aol.com

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-- In other words
-- "We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing." -- The Metro Para pledge

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-- "Just as there are a group of entrepreneurs that will make it because they have some talent paired with desire and hard work. But the group I envy most are the ones who have no real business talent or even the slightest concept of how to handle payables and receivables, the ones who have a hard time finding their way to the office, much less developing a business plan. But, they have an amazing unshakable inner belief in their idea that absolutely no one can diminish. They have the will and desire to succeed even when told by countless people their idea will fail."
-- "There is something unique about most entrepreneurs, they want to win NOW. It permeates every waking hour of an entrepreneur’s time. It drives them to always strive for more. This energy and drive is what makes an entrepreneur different from most people, it’s what allows them to continually fail in their attempts while never giving up."
-- "If you want me to listen and get excited, then tell me a story about your idea. Make it clear, simple and to the point. And make sure your story includes why anyone would want your product or service."

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The Common Denominator:

"What do the inventions that will make you a successful inventor have in common? Thomas Edison said it best: "Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success."
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-- -- Thought of the day --

-- “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” ~ John D. Rockefeller
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-- -- Think About It! --

* Money doesn't bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places.

* Your conscience may not keep you from doing wrong, but it sure keeps you from enjoying it.

* Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

* Misers aren't much fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.

* Be careful what rut you choose. You may be in it the rest of your life.

* The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

* When you see the handwriting on the wall, you can bet you're in a public restroom.

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* The real reason you can't take it with you is that it goes before you do.

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* A closed mouth gathers no feet.

* A man (or woman) who can smile when things go wrong has found someone to blame it on.

* A modern pioneer is a woman who can get through a rainy Saturday with a television on the blink.

* The world is full of willing people: some willing to work and some willing to let them.

* Money isn't everything....there's credit cards, money orders, and travelers checks.

* We live in an Era of Smart Phones and Stupid People.
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USEFUL WORK PHRASES

1. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

2. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.

3. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

4. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

5. I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't care.

6. I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.

7. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?

8. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

9. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

10. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

11. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

12. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

13. No, my powers can only be used for good.

14. How about never? Is never good for you?

15. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me.

16. You sound reasonable. Time to up my medication.

17. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.

18. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

19. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.

20. Who me? I just wander from room to room.

21. My toys! My toys! I can't do this job without my toys!

22. It might look like I'm doing nothing, but at the cellular level I'm really quite busy.

23. At least I have a positive attitude about my destructive habits.

24. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

25. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

26. Someday, we'll look back on this, laugh nervously, and change the subject.

27. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

28. I really hate it when the voices in my head argue among themselves as though I wasn't even in the room.

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"Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked one of his employees.

"Yes, sir," the clerk replied.

"That's good," the boss said. "After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she stopped in to see you."
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-- "An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success." -- Stephen R. Covey, Principlecentered Leadership

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-- "We can discuss the meanings of “responsibility” and “accountability” all day long. Other words are similarly interchangeable. For instance, consider “involved” and “committed”: If you eat a ham and egg breakfast, the chicken is involved but the pig is committed." --

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How Artists Get Ripped Off

Artists, be they graphic artists, musical artists, or literary artists, create protectable artistic content. The protectable artistic content is the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. Ideas may be protected by other forms of intellectual property rights. It is the creative content of the expression of an idea which potential buyers may find appealing; thus it is the creative artistic expression of an idea in a graphic format, in an audio format, or in a written format that buyers may be willing to purchase.

Many artists have neither the time nor the inclination to present their work to potential buyers as the genius of most artists is in creating artistic content not selling the artistic content. Enter the sales agent. A sales agent for an artist presents the artistic creation of an artist to potential buyers. Thus, a sales agent for an artist must understand the nature of the creative content of an artist’s work and be able to match those buyers searching for the type of content created by the artist. Accordingly, the sales agent must be have a familiarity with what potential buyers are willing to purchase. The compensation provided to the sales agent is typically a percentage of the amount the purchaser is willing to pay for the creative work of the artist being represented by the sales agent. In the simplest of terms, a sales agent brings the supplier, the artist, together with those who are seeking out the creative content of the artist, or the buyer. As long as the line of communication between the supplier, the artist, and those who seek out the creative work of artists remain open, the use of a sales agent provides an artist with access to markets of buyers for creative works that the artist may not have been able to contact.

Unfortunately for the artist, when the line of communication between the artist and those who seek out the type of creative work of an artist breaks down, it is the artist who typically gets ripped off.

One of the primary ways that some artists get ripped off occurs when the agent does not disclose the true nature of the purchase agreement for the creative content developed by the artist. While the law of agency places what is known as a fiduciary duty on an agent to fully report the nature of a transaction to an artist, many agents misrepresent the deal to sell the work product of the artist to a purchaser. When this happens, the agent retains a larger percentage of the sales price of an artwork than previously agreed upon by the artist. Unfortunately, some artists are so pleased that someone is interested in their creative work that they do not keep track of the work of their agent. Thus, the primary defense of an agent against a claim of an artist for a portion of the sales price of an artwork is the lack of knowledge of the deal between the agent and the artist.

Another way that some agents rip off artists is to make unauthorized copies of a creative work but report only a single sale to the artist. In this scenario, the agent is effectively posing as an art dealer to a potential purchaser with no obligation to share any part of the purchase price with the artist. In some cases, agents go to great lengths to make copies of an artist’s creative work and sell the unauthorized copies in a location where the artist is unlikely to discover the sale. It is only after the artist learns about the appearance of multiple copies of a work from a third party that the artist learns that his/her agent has made and sold unauthorized copies of an artist’s work.

Yet another way that some agents may rip off an artist is for the agent to take control of the display, the performance, or the reproduction of the artistic work transferred to a purchaser. Many copyright scholars portray the rights of an artist to a creative work as a bundle of sticks. The bundle of sticks includes the right to display, the right to perform and most importantly, the right to make copies of an artistic work. The agent will want the artist to transfer away as many of the rights to an artistic creation as possible to maximize the price obtained in the creative work. On the other hand, the artist may want to retain certain rights to preserve the value of an artistic work. Typically, an agent for an artist will present the artist with what is called a standard or form agreement and will not point out how the standard or form agreement divests the artist of the control of what happens to a creative work. It is unfortunate that when an artist pushes back regarding the terms of a standard or form agreement that even the friendliest of agents will change their attitude in an effort to obtain the artists signature on an agreement which takes important rights away from the artist.

The bottom line is that there are those agents for artists who seek to take advantage of the lack of knowledge of many artists concerning the legal rights in their creative work. Some artists understand that uncontrolled distribution of a creative work will diminish the value of an individual work and may reduce the price obtainable for future creative works. Unfortunately, other do not. A professional sales agent will realize that as the value of an artist’s work increases, the sales price for the future works will increase. Sales agents not concerned about the future reputation of an artist may seek to maximize return from the sales of a single work and dismiss any concerns about increasing the values of an artist’s future creations.
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-- -- TIPS AND TRICKS --

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to edit, create or organize your pictures?

There are many programs available that can help you do just that, but some can cost hundreds of dollars. Did you know there are several free programs you can use to manage your pictures?

Below are some programs available for download:

-- "Get Gimp - Like Photoshop, Only 100% FREE

Paint program: Paint.net

Picture organizer:
Google Picasa

Hopefully these will help you either get creative, or organize your creativity! Enjoy!
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-- "Capital Connection: Entrepreneur's Resource for Success" --

-- "Patent Searching Made Easy: How to Do Patent Searches on the Internet and in the Library" --
-- -- Order the 4th Edition --

--> Be aware of scammers, the ones with the 1-800-Invention-Gotcha Submission numbers. They will take your 'up-front money' and leave you feeling stupid and broke. --> See for yourself, - read --->
--> "Law Enforcement Actions" --> and --> SCAMS

-- "Spear-phishing attacks have hooked 15,000, says Verisign" --

-- "Fake message from Hotmail procures account information" --

-->> "Cable TV: King of misleading come-ons - Gotcha Capitalism - MSNBC.com" --

-- -- "The Picture Claims -- The Latest Invention Marketer's Scam"

-- "Sure, everyone always said 'Socrates, what is the meaning of life?' or 'Socrates, how can I find happiness?', but did anyone ever say 'Socrates, hemlock is poison.'?!" -- Socrates

-- This is AWESOME....something we should all remember..
-- -- YOUR BANK ACCOUNT --

-- "A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

-- As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

-- 'I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

-- 'Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.'

-- 'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied..

-- 'Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged .. it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.'

-- 'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.'

-- 'Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life.'

-- 'Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.'

-- 'So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!'

-- 'Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank.'

-- 'I am still depositing.. Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

- 1. Free your heart from hatred.
- 2. Free your mind from worries.
- 3. Live simply
- 4. Give more.
- 5. Expect less.'"

THE SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune to run into the ones I do, and The eyesight to tell the difference.
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Stefan Chalupta
11508 Ridgely Rd.
Ridgely, MD 21660-1259
Fax 410-364-5921 - Home Phone 410-820-2164

New Product Developer - Patented Segmented Safety Aircraft

To Whom It May Concern:

Let me first introduce myself, my name is Stefan Chalupa. I have patent #5,356,097 for airplane safety. I'm in need of helpful information on how to pursue a company to review my concept and to use my idea. If you have a resource, please feel free to give me a call, Fax or email it to me. My email address is stmach@siteone.net. I have a site on the Internet, if you would like to know more about the patent and view my idea? The name of the site is safetycraft.tripod.com.

In the past, the FAA has helped me, but at this time they have asked me to write-up a change in their rules and regulations in building an aircraft, at which time I am not qualified to do. Over time, I have also been looking for somebodies to help me, and found overall costs have been beyond my means.

Thank you your time. Together, we can make a difference for the future. --

If you are unable to help me, tell your friends and maybe they can help?

Sincerely,

Stefan Chalupa
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-- "Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect; it just means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections." --Unknown

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-- A blind man was describing his favorite sport, which was parachuting. When asked how this was accomplished, he said that things were all done for him: "I am placed in the door and told when to jump. My hand is placed on my release ring for me, and out I go."

"But how do you know when you are going to land?" he was asked.

"I have a very keen sense of smell and I can smell the trees and grass when I am 300 feet from the ground" he answered.

"But how do you know when to lift your legs for the final arrival on the ground?" he was again asked. The man quickly answered. "Oh, the dog's leash goes slack."

-- -- -- Thought of the day -- --

-- "Breaking an old habit isn't the end of the road; it's just a bend in the road. And falling isn't failing, unless you don't get up." -- Mary Pickford

-- The 12-Step Program for Internet Addicts

1) I will have a cup of coffee in the morning and read my newspaper like I use to.

2) I will eat breakfast with a knife and fork and not with one hand typing.

3) I will get dressed before noon.

4) I will make an attempt to clean the house, wash the dog, get the kids off to school, all before even thinking of the Internet.

5) I will sit down and write a letter to those unfortunate few friends and family that are Internet-deprived.

6) I will call someone on the phone who I cannot contact via the Internet.

7) I will read a book...if I still remember how.

8) I will listen to those around me and their needs and stop telling them to turn the TV down so I can hear what is happening on the Web.

9) I will not be tempted during TV commercials to check for email.

10) I will try and get out of the house at least once a week, if it is necessary or not.

11) I will remember that my bank is not forgiving if I forget to balance my checkbook because I was too busy on my computer.

12) Last, but not least, I will remember that I must ...

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-- INVENTORS NOTE: Open your mind to knowledge.

Major Tips for Inventors from an Expert.

Inventing is the process of opening your mind to knowledge, according to Robert Scheinkman, President of the Inventors Association of St. Louis. The IASL was founded in 1984 and Scheinkman has been President ever since 1993. He said that his website is there to help you when researching your great idea - that moment of inspiration - your 'simply marvelous invention.' :-))

-- Go to: http://www.inventorsconnection.org/

Scheinkman asserted, “You have this feeling within you and just know that it is a Great Idea. It won't let go of you.. it is holding on. This flash of brilliance is GREAT! .. But, before jumping from the frying pan into the fire, you should do your research first .. and don’t rush to give up your day job.”

He offered some very good advice to his inspired upcoming Inventors:

- Keep a pen or pencil at the ready to write down your moment of inspiration. Don’t let that 'genius moment' slip away from you.

- Then take the time to research your ideas. Double check the value of your accumulated facts.

- Relax. Sleep on your idea. Quality will be your goal. Rewrite and rework your invention on paper until it feels right. Visualize it and perhaps build a working prototype.. Check the U.S. Patent Office at its website www.USPTO.gov because somebody may have previously invented your idea or something very similar to it. -- For now, don't reinvent the wheel.

- "If you do have a valid idea," he said, "keep your mouth shut and don't blurt out your secrets. Use the lawyer-approved (NDA), non-disclosure affidavit in your daily dealings with others. Your purpose is to not start a one-year U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) time limitation.

- When presenting your Non Disclosure Affidavit, begin your invention conversation with, “I want you to hold what I say in strict confidence in order to secure my patent.” -- In inventor circles an NDA is also known as a "Letter of Confidentiality." -- Also understand that not every company will sign your NDA; they may have their own NDA by their company attorney. Be cautious and thoroughly check-over their NDA with your own attorney's approval, preferably before signing it.

- "Think positive. Work on that idea that will give you the most bang for your buck - that bigger return on your dollar. Don't juggle too many things at once. Wisely budget your time and your money."

- Read all that you can about the inventive process. Follow the good advice from inventor groups such as the IASL and from Patent Attorneys and qualified people in the field of your invention. Learn from other people's successes and failures. Make your product as good as it may sell for. Be price conscious.

-- If it costs too much to make, it won't sell for the opportune price.

- Be aware of competition. Knowing your competition is to your advantage. Track them because they made a pathway for you.

- You'll find that it is fun coming-up with good ideas. Jot them down in your pocket notebook as you think of them. Enjoy your inventing as a hobby.

- As a final thought, he said: "Make friends and keep friends. You never know when they may be able to assist you with help in your future. But good friends will tell you that your invention is 'great' in order to not hurt your feelings. Learn the truth from the experts that are available to you. It will be better off for you to rely on those expert's knowledgeable advice."

Robert Scheinkman - Mentor to the IASL
Reprinted January 23, 2011; Revised February 8, 2011, December 1, 2011, February 24, 2012, April 19th, 2012 and June 22, 2012.

-- I am now reminded of the story about "The Famous Artist Who Wouldn't Leave His Art Alone." :: This is the momentary scene to be savored:

-- A notable artist was being honored in the home of a very wealthy patron. - That time came when all her invited friends and family would enter her imposing mansion library where the painting from this famous artist was to be unvailed.

-- They looked around the guest ballroom for him. - He was to lead the procession of guests into the library for this great unvailing.

-- "Where was he?" - He wasn't anywhere to be found for this presentation and so they proceeded into the library without him..

-- He was found standing in front of his masterpiece with his brush in hand, adding that one and two perfect last-finishing-touch-strokes of paint, for to him, the painting wasn't quite finished.

-- And even though the painting was no longer his, those added brushstrokes added that masterfull full touch to his work. It also authenticated that he was that famed genius behind this work. -- My friends, remember this: - "As in golf, following through is everything." --

H. Robert Scheinkman

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--> > Everyone knows I'm a stickler for good spelling. So, when an associate e-mailed technical documents asking me to "decifer" them, I had to set him straight.

--> > I wrote, "Decipher is spelled with a ph, not an f. In case you've forgotten, spell checker comes free with your software."

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To: President@inventorsconnection.org
From: Chris Parent
Subject: Link Request to MacRAE's Blue Book and Canadian Trade Index
Date: Monday, June 1, 2009 9:04 AM

Good afternoon,

My name is Chris Parent and I work at a company called Owen Media Partners. We are a publisher of a variety of leading business and industrial sites across North America and Europe.

I have noticed that your website, http://www.inventorsconnection.org/Topics/42646.1070.html, is linked to http://www.plasticbag.com/ which is an industrial site in the U.S. I am writing to you to request that you please also link to our U.S. industrial site called MacRAE's Blue Book and also to our Canadian industrial site called Canadian Trade Index (CTI).

Why link to http://www.macraesbluebook.com/ and http://www.ctidirectory.com/?

· MacRAE's is America's leading industrial website with over 33 million annual visitors and CTI is Canada's leading industrial website with over 9 million annual visitors. (Source: comScore, March 2009)

· Both sites play a key role in each country connecting buyers and sellers of industrial products.

· The sites feature a rich, relevant and searchable database of industrial products and the suppliers, distributors and manufacturers of these products.

More information about us can be viewed at www.macraesbluebook.com/pages/about.cfm.

For these reasons, it's likely that your constituents that visit your site may find MacRAE's and CTI to be valuable resources to source, buy and sell industrial good and services.

Would you please place a link to http://www.macraesbluebook.com/ and http://www.ctidirectory.com/ on your site?

Thank you for the consideration and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email below.

Regards,

Chris Parent

Owen Media Partners

cparent@owen-media.com

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From: Niemann7@aol.com
Subject: THE ONLINE INVENTOR -- message
Date: Friday, February 1, 2008 6:11 PM

Dear Inventor --

Long-time readers of my newsletters know how I'm always touting the benefits of attending a trade show in your industry. Well, that can get expensive, and here are a few of the costs:

1. Flying to the trade show(s)
2. Paying the entrance fee or booth fee
3. Hotel and meals

It can easily add up to a $1,000 or much more, plus you still have to work the show and make those personal contacts.

I'd like to introduce you to our newest advertiser, Ron Docie. - Ron is a successful inventor who licensed his first product over 32 years ago. - Knowing what it takes to license a good product, he now works with inventors to help get your product to market. He has also written several articles for our humble little newsletter in the past. And he is the author of “The Inventor’s Bible.” (By the way, the articles in this newsletter were taken from his book.)

One of the things that Ron does is attend 3 of the largest trade shows in the country:

1. The International Housewares Trade Show (in Chicago)

2. The National Hardware Show (in Las Vegas). That includes Hardware, Lawn and Garden, Paint and Decor, and most anything else that you would find in a Home Depot, except appliances and lumber.

3. The Automotive Aftermarket trade show (in Las Vegas).

On behalf of his inventor clients, Ron talks to the show's participants, finding out if there is a market for your type of product.

While I am a firm believer in your attending specialized trade shows in industry, you can do this for yourself or you can have Ron do it for you.

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INVENTORS – Now here’s the message from Ron …

This information is for you, even if your invention is not yet patented or patent-pending.

Although the following information about Trade Shows pertains to most any invention, if you have an Invention relating to Home, Housewares, Cooking, Hardware, Lawn and Garden, and related categories, then please respond quickly, if you want to take full advantage of the trade show service offered by Docie Marketing. The Housewares show comes up, in March, and the Hardware and Lawn and Garden show is just around the corner from then in May. The following information will explain how you may benefit from these shows:

“HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM TRADE SHOWS” --
It may be cheaper than you think, by Ron Docie

Hello, I'm Ron Docie, inventor and author of the book, “The Inventor's Bible: How to Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas,” by Ten Speed Press, 3rd Edition 2010. - Over thirty-two years ago I conceived and marketed my first invention, a blindspot mirror for vehicles, sold in Wal-Mart, AutoZone, NAPA and many outlets worldwide. Other inventors asked me for help with their inventions, and I've made a business of helping independent inventors ever since.

I offer a very special service that you probably won't find elsewhere. It's my brand of exclusive Trade Show representation. To really understand the great value of this service, you need to know what it is not, as much as what it is.

Each year I attend several of the world’s largest annual trade shows for different product categories: The International Home and Housewares Trade Show, Chicago, and the National Hardware Show, and Lawn and Garden World, Las Vegas, for example (links and more info about both, below).

However, I do not have a booth at these trade shows and I do not exhibit products, per se. So, what good is this, you may ask? Many people misunderstand how trade shows work, so I'll explain. Occupying the 2,000 to 3,000 exhibit booths at these trade show are the manufacturers of just about every product you can imagine for that product category (more about the categories below). If you are a manufacturer, and if you are ready to ship container loads of products next month to location all across America (and be prepared to take the inventory back if something goes wrong), then you should be in one of these exhibit booths ready to take orders. You should also budget no less than $30,000 for the three-day effort.

If you are an independent inventor, and not ready to perform the above feats, then you need something different. Most people assume that if you have a booth at one of these massive trade shows then the right manufacturer will see you and make a wonderful offer for your great product. They'll end up licensing it, pay you a royalty, and you'll live happily ever after. Well, this 'might' happen. The problem is, I find it to be very common for key executives of any given manufacturing company to not even have time to walk through the trade show and visit your very important 10 feet of exhibit space amongst the 18 miles of trade show floor space. In other words, you have a very good chance of being missed by exactly who it is that you want to see you.

I have a remedy for this, and luckily this solution is more effective, much cheaper, and less risky. What I do is simply attend these shows and walk through all the isles, scrutinizing each manufacturer and exhibitor there. To do it right can take up to two days of a three-day show. I'll have in my briefcase a summary description of each client’s invention, just in case I need to show it to an executive, assuming that it's appropriate to do so.

If your invention is a trash bag receptacle, for example, then I target all manufacturers who offer these types of products to either the bed and bath, and/or kitchen sections of the trade show. I find out their market position, and determine if an invention like yours (without necessarily revealing the exact invention) is one that would fit in their product line. Usually I deal with top company executives, so they know exactly what's what with their company. I continue to pre-qualify each potential manufacturer by determining if they have any track record for paying outside inventors, their level of interest in considering outside inventions, identify the key decision maker(s), and so forth.

In the course of doing this I search for complimentary and competitive products, ones that may do something similar as that of the inventor's invention, but in a different way. I may also learn about potential retail price points, sales volume potential, market positioning, distribution choices, competitive activity by both US and foreign manufacturers, development or marketing obstacles, market trends, category sales history, and personal experiences of executives in this field.

I may speak with the very person who makes the final licensing decision, usually on the level of Vice President, President, or owner of the company, at least one or more of whom are normally at these most major trade shows. Why are these VIP's there? Because the orders written at one of these shows may represent 50% or more of the company's entire new business for the coming year. Single orders may amount to millions of dollars.

Through this process I learn what protocol the executive wants to use to advance the invention submission process to the next step. Sometimes they ask for more information. Sometimes they ask that a disclosure agreement be signed first. It's not uncommon for me to set a meeting between the executive and the inventor for a later date after the show.

In many cases I learn that the invention is not worth pursuing further because of the experiences of the executives or information learned. This information alone can be quite valuable because at least the inventor doesn't end up pouring more money into something that will hit a dead end, and for a good and verifiable reason. At every one of these shows I run into a situation whereby a company has already tried to market a product identical or very similar to my client's invention, and none of us ever knew about it. It was never advertised, and never patented. Of course, the patent office and a patent search would have not uncovered this either. I mean to tell you, this is very common.

The bottom line is, regardless of whether your invention is patented or not, or just an idea, you can get loads of valuable information and potentially even a business deal, all from just one major trade show, if done right. Docie Invention Services leverages its three decades of experience to help you maximize your chance for success.

Generally, the cost for attending these trade shows is a reasonable fee to offset expenses. You receive a full written report of all the findings and business cards and contact information for each person I speak with. You can read a sample of one such report by simply sending me an e-mail to docie@docie.com or check out my web site at
http://www.docie.com

When I walk through the show, I carry a recorder and I dictate, so the report you get is like being right there at the show. I'm your eyes and ears. I collect catalogs and industry directories of every registered manufacturer in the US and most of the World. Essentially, you are paying me to leverage the vast expertise of these extremely experienced and knowledgeable industry executives in a special forum where such incredible information would not otherwise be available to you. And, all this for a cost probably less then it would cost you to attend the show for yourself.

Interested in having me represent your invention? Well then, let me know soon because there is a limit of how many inventors I can sanely represent at any one of these shows.

If e-mailing, please put "Trade Show" in the subject line, and phone my office if you don't get an initial response. My address is docie@docie.com

Thank you, and I look forward to helping you!

Ron

Ronald L. Docie, Sr., President

Docie Invention Services
73 Maplewood Dr.
Athens, OH 45701
USA
Phone (740) 594-5200
Website http://docie.com

Email docie@docie.com

How to Recognize and Fight a Terrorist on a Plane

by Randy Plante

01/05/2010

The attempted bombing of Delta/Northwest 253 on Christmas Day was not the first from the Islamic terrorists nor will it be the last. Since I am a pilot, I have had people ask what can a passenger do onboard an airplane to help thwart a terrorist attack. Having personal experience with a few events myself, as well as reading articles and hearing stories from other crewmembers, I can give you some information which might assist you in dealing with a suspicious passenger or situation.

The first thing to realize is that there are a few different scenarios which the terrorists could be using on your particular flight. (Also realize that it could happen on any flight, not just one originating from a non U.S. location.) Options include testing TSA and law enforcement personnel, testing passengers and crewmembers, observation, dry run/practice, and actual execution of an attack. Of course it is hard to differentiate which scenario is playing out until after your flight lands, but it might assist you in recognizing the threat and knowing how serious your reaction should be if you know all of the options. In most of these instances, their job is to also scare you. Terrorists create terror. If you stop flying, they win. So be pro-active. Maybe something you do will cause them to call off the attack.

As a passenger you must be observant and vigilant. Most often someone notices some unusual activity or behavior. It doesn’t have to be just a person either. Suspicious bags, luggage, packages, notes, pillows, and electronic devices have been found on planes. One of the biggest advantages you have is the ability to profile. TSA refuses to do the obvious thanks to political correctness. Everyone knows who is committing these attacks -- Muslim, Middle-Eastern men between 18 and 40. Maybe al Qaeda is trying to recruit others than don’t fit this profile but it sure fits the mold right now.

Some things to look for: groups or pairs of men, a passenger talking to themselves, speaking Arabic, watching crewmembers (this is different than looking), staring at the cockpit door, long stays or multiple trips to the lavatory, reading a book but not turning any pages, nervousness, being unusual by trying to fit in, taking pictures/videos, not making eye contact. When you are at the boarding area and on the plane if you notice a suspicious passenger, look for others. How many? If it is one or two then they could be planning on bombing the aircraft or just making observations of crew procedures. 6 or more? Then this cell’s objective would be hijacking the plane by brute force. Also remember that there are sleepers that try to blend in with the other passengers and could be very hard to notice. A website reports a well-dressed man in custody that was also a passenger on Delta Flight 253. After an incident, your entire plane might be delayed for security and they will treat everyone as suspects. Also expect the government and airline to try to cover up parts or all of an event.

A recent example of a possible test occurred on Nov 17 with an Airtran flight from Atlanta to Houston. Eleven Muslim men got on the plane and caused a big disturbance and ended with passengers assisting the flight attendants in the commotion. TSA was called, they took the men off, talked to them, and put them back on. The crewmembers walked off the plane refusing to fly it, and then passengers walked off as well. The terrorists tested the TSA and passengers but probably also threatened lawsuits to the government and Airtran. This could be setting up a later mission with hopes the TSA and airline would be afraid to take them off the plane. Just like the Delta flight, the final layer of security, the crewmembers and passengers, are the ones who might have prevented an attack, nothing the government did was successful.

The best time to do something is prior to boarding and before the aircraft pushes back from the gate while the door is still open. This is when you have some control in the situation and easier for the captain to get involved. Before you board you can talk to a TSA employee or gate agent and explain your concerns. The gate agents are usually very busy and might give you the brush off. Talk to other passengers. While on the plane you will have to find a flight attendant, which could prove difficult because at times the boarding process can be quite chaotic. If one flight attendant seems to ignore you then talk to the other one. Maybe ask to see the captain. Write a note. If you are really scared, grab your bags, say you are sick, and get off the plane. Some crewmembers can be just as ignorant about the serious nature of the threat as our government officials. One time after a flight years ago a flight attendant asked me what the captain did about the suspicious passenger. She had called the cockpit inflight to report the behavior to the captain (since retired) and he neglected to tell me anything and did nothing.

While seated look for able-bodied men, military personnel, or deadheading crew to assist you. Maybe you notice a suspicious passenger but do not feel it warrants a visit with TSA/Flight Attendant or it happens inflight . Volunteer yourself or change seats on your own to sit next to or right behind any suspicious passengers. A recent crew moved a soldier to sit next to a nervous Middle-Eastern passenger before pushback. Once while I was deadheading in coach during a flight, the captain told the flight attendant to move me next to a suspicious passenger.

Once airborne there are limited options. Talking to the flight attendants and moving seats is basically all you can do. A divert takes time and would be a major emergency. On the flight I diverted for security issues we had an F-16 on our tail, ready to shoot us down if we didn’t immediately land.

If an actual attack occurs, then all bets are off. Take Action! DO NOT wait for crewmember instruction! This is a life or death situation. The terrorists will be hoping for the element of surprise. You will probably die anyways if the terrorists are successful so you might as well die giving them a fight. If it is a hijacking, block the aisles and do not let them get to the cockpit. For a bombing, jump on the passenger and separate him from the ignition source. For a suspicious package, box, etc. there is a place on the plane to move it to, but do not move it until necessary and with guidance from the crew.

The airlines are doing their best just to stay in business with the recession, bad weather, tough competition, and low fares. The employees are very frustrated with pay cuts, long hours, full planes, grumpy customers and poor morale. The commercial aviation system wasn’t designed to fight terrorists. And don’t necessarily blame the TSA and law enforcement agencies. They have some really hard working personnel trying to protect us. It is the policies implemented by people working in the U.S. government that is the problem, and amazing enough, it is the federal government that is required by law to defend us by the U.S. constitution. So what do they do? President Obama decides to take legal action against CIA employees for using special interrogation techniques to obtain information from terrorists to keep us safe. It was an obvious emotional, liberal, political decision. This will only make it much more difficult for the intelligence agencies to do their jobs and recruit/retain top talent, as well as lowering morale.

Another government employee, the DHS Secretary herself, said after the 12/25 attempted bombing, “the system worked” when it was obvious to the world that it did not. The news media gave President Bush an amazing amount of grief for not connecting the dots with 9/11. Regarding the underwear bomber on Flight 253; his father warned the government, was on a watch list, paid cash for his ticket, no passport, no luggage. A third grader could have connected these dots. The Republicans had to undo the laws and policies enacted by the Clinton Administration that impeded communication between intelligence and law enforcement agencies while President Bush implemented new ones to protect us after September 11. Now Democrats are acting like it is September 10 again.

Government by definition is a bureaucratic monopoly. It is managed by politicians and career bureaucrats. Slow, inefficient, unaccountable. Lots of finger pointing, blame games, commissions, hearings, conferences, meetings, and reports, but do you know anybody that got fired after 9/11, Fort Hood, or any other government blunder? Deja vous with this security lapse? It feels like we are on a team that wants to lose. And I don’t like being on a team that likes losing and neither does millions of people across the United States.

Unfortunately, until the Obama administration, Congress, and our government officials get serious with national security and the war on terrorism, then what we will lose is more of our freedoms and the lives of more American citizens.
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Randy Plante is a former Air Force Captain and F-111 pilot. He flew a C-130 with the Air National Guard and served two tours in the Bosnian War. Currently Mr. Plante is a Captain with 19 years at a major airline.
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