Monday, November 22, 2010

At the US patent office

It is a great privilege to have visited the US Patent office to support some legal proceedings surrounding one of my patents. You know, for me, I always thought of the US patent office as one of my first investors… I didn’t pay someone to examine my patent… yes there was a fee but no way could it cover the many hours it takes to search for relevant patents and make a decision about allowing the patent or not…

All that effort was given to me and my company as an investment in my future giving me the opportunity to go out and try and make good on something I invented by protecting my ability to do that without competition for a decent period of time….

To stand in front of these people and to say thanks to them was a real highlight and one I’ll not quickly forget.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TheIncubator.com.au – A planned Aussie resource for inventors

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For over a year now
I have been chewing over how to consolidate all the expertise, goodwill and intellectual horsepower that is willing to support Australian inventors.

Well after just a few phone call this afternoon, it is clear that there are some really good people at our Universities and in State Government who want to see this happen for Australia. After just one day of ringing around for help I am already half way to finding sponsors who are willing to work along with me in setting up a home for the Australian Invention community.

The project has been tentatively called The Incubator and if you would like to know more there is a wiki page discussing the project here.

#159 Modular Car system

Below is one of many attempts to come up with a solution to a problem that has been nagging at me for years, namely the waste of driving cars around designed to transport a whole family when most of the time you only need the car to transport one or two people…

This modular approach may not be the most streamlined or pleasing to the eye but hopefully you will see that it is very practical.
The rear wheels swivel up out of the way so that the front tires of the module behind tucks into the the module in front. The flush front surface fits neatly into the back of the module in front and the windscreen glass retracts down into the space below as does the rear screen of the module in front to allow communal travel space and for mums and dads to make sure the kids seat belts are in place!
The work page for this project is here.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Project #160: Trolley system for moving heavy furniture

Guess what? I moved house last week, which became a treasure trove of problems to solve and invention opportunities. I haven’t had time yet to check if something like this has been done before, but short of a prior art search I’m pretty sure that the idea is pretty fresh.
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The basic idea is a two trolley system. The main trolley is like a traditional moving trolley but it has the ability to suspend the scoop tray at the bottom 2” higher. An additional single wheel trolley with the ability to swivel goes at the other end of the item being moved.

I could have used this invention last week.

Work page for this invention: http://r2labswiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Furniture_and_large_object_trolley_moving_system