Do you have a great idea or invention to share? Have you been thinking about the next big thing in skateboards? A car that doesn't use gas? A hands-free hairbrush?
Whether it's a re-invention or an idea all your own- send it in to show it off in our Inventors Gallery! But please be careful and learn what it takes to be a Smart Inventor first.
Illustrate your idea using any computer or online program you like. Use any of your art programs on your computer like Microsoft® Paint or Adobe Photoshop® or even use word or text programs to tell us about your invention. Get way into your idea and build your invention out of straw, sticks, bricks, cheese- or anything else you can find around the house- and upload a photo! We can take almost any kind of file: .gif, .jpg, .doc or pdf.
Do you need a spark to get those brainwaves flowing today? Every one of the Zones has an Invention Challenge just waiting to be done. Come on! Anything's Possible. Keep Thinking.
There's more to inventing than having a great idea and the United States Patent and Trademark Office is a great place to go to find more information. Visit their site to learn all about patents and trademarks. Patents allow inventors to stop others from making, using or selling their particular invention without permission. Trademarks are brand names that tell you where a particular product or service comes from. You can also find some information on the USPTO website about copyrights and trade secrets too.
You should be careful before sending your invention ideas anywhere, including to our Inventors Gallery. Remember it will be there for everyone to see. Why is this important? Because inventors only have a limited amount of time to get a patent on their invention once they describe it in public with enough detail for someone to actually make the invention and make it work. If the inventor doesn't seek a patent within that time period he/she may forever lose their ability to do so. We wouldn't want that to happen to you.
Do research with an adult if you think your invention idea could be developed into a real product. Start online with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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