Meeting With Electronics Manufacturer

At the National Hardware Show, United Patent Research (UPR) met with an East Coast electronics manufacturer who has licensing agreements with Stanley and Westinghouse. After UPR’s representative gave a very brief presentation, this manufacturer was interested in Isaac B.’s Generator Buddy, which uses GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) technology. This invention allows a portable generator to easily and safely supply electrical power to a home during a power outage using only one connection to the home. We have a handful of additional products which we will be presenting to this company.

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Several Inventions Selected For Review

At the National Hardware Show, United Patent Research (UPR) met with a company representative who is the gateway to a major tool company that has sales in excess of $3 billion! UPR was able to have a private meeting with this representative to present handpicked inventions which we felt would fit perfectly in this company’s product line. Of the eight products presented, four products were selected to be reviewed in the very near future. Three of those four products already have working prototypes. The four products are: Daniel P.’s Multi Hanging Clamp; Andy H.’s Mud Pan Cleaning Hook; Lee S.’s Knee Dolly; Alan P. & William C.’s Cool Chair. UPR will be following up with this representative and also, as a side note, this representative is also interested in Michael O.’s Cake Tent which was presented to him at the International Home & Housewares Show. This representative seemed very excited when he was informed that a prototype for the Cake Tent is under construction. We anticipate that this prototype will be available within the next several weeks.

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Interest in Child Safety Products

Prior to the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, a major international company, with offices in Australia and the U.S., expressed interest in David B’s Kid Safe. United Patent Research (UPR) already has signed agreements in hand that allow us to provide detailed invention information to this company. While discussing Kid Safe, we presented a handful of products which we felt would fit their market niche. The Child Safety Plug/Charger Lock, invented by UPR client James P., interested them and they requested that we submit to them other products in that same category. We found one product that we feel would be perfect – Denise S’s Cord Loct. UPR will shortly be speaking with this manufacturer in order to determine other products that might be of interest to them.

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Promising Start at the National Hardware Show

At the National Hardware Show, United Patent Research (UPR) began its manufacturer contact activities by participating in a meeting with a major “As Seen on TV” retail company that UPR met with 2 months earlier at the Housewares Show in Chicago. We briefly discussed a product that they were interested in at the Housewares Show – Michael O.’s “Cake Tent”. UPR informed them that a prototype was under construction and we would be following up with them in the near future to discuss possible licensing arrangements. UPR also presented them with a package of products for their review. These were products that they had not seen before which we feel would fit beautifully into their market niche. We will shortly be following up with one of their vice presidents to discuss what products may be of interest. We understand that this manufacturer’s representative has returned from the corporate offices in Hong Kong and is interested in discussing products for 2017-2018.

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Interest in a Child Safety Invention

A child safety invention, Kid Safe, has received interest from a North American manufacturer that United Patent Research (UPR) has had a relationship with over the last several years. We will also be presenting quite a number of other products to this company for their review and consideration. Kid Safe received manufacturer interest because the inventor, with UPR’s assistance, utilized Universal Licensing’s transmittal kit program. We hope to get a favorable response for David B’s product, Kid Safe, as well as for the other products we will be presenting to this manufacturer.

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Expanding Company Reviews Inventions

In February, United Patent Research (UPR) met with a toy manufacturer at the Toy Fair that signed a pre-Non Disclosure Agreement (pre-NDA) at the event. In addition to submitting all of UPR’s toy products to this company for review, we became aware that this company has its marketing tentacles in other fields, especially hardware. After reviewing their website, UPR selected a handful of products that we felt would present this manufacturer with innovative new product conceptions that would fit their market niche perfectly. Just in the first batch, there were two products which inspired great interest from this company – Kenneth S.’s EZ Caulking Gun and Roger M.’s Screw Guide. Recently, UPR called Hong Kong to speak with the President of the company who oversees all the licensing. There were discussions about taking one of these products and presenting it to major hardware retailers in Asia as well as in Europe. UPR will be in contact with Universal Licensing, our licensing affiliate, to bring them up to speed. We will be ready to pass the ball over to Universal Licensing at the appropriate time for them to continue the negotiations. UPR will continue to be in contact with this interested manufacturer and make sure that all relevant documents are signed.

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Second Meeting With North American Manufacturer

At the International Home and Housewares Show, United Patent Research (UPR) sat down with a North American manufacturer for the second time in 3 years. UPR is in the process of putting together a list of inventions that we feel will be of interest to this North American manufacturer that specializes in quality household cleaning products. We are hoping that after we make that submission they will respond positively and licensing negotiations with Universal Licensing can begin.

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Educational Toy Receives Manufacturer Interest

This year Don B., inventor of Toolie Toys, received interest from companies because of his participation in Universal Licensing’s transmittal kit program. There were three interested manufacturers that already had signed non-disclosure agreements with Universal Licensing. Previously, Universal Licensing provided each of these companies with a unique password to enter the “backroom” of Universal Licensing’s website to review detailed proprietary information regarding Don B.’s product. This was also a direct result of United Patent Research providing the inventor with the names of companies that he could use when participating in Universal Licensing’s marketing program. It was a combination of both trade show exposure and Universal Licensing’s input. Currently, we are patiently waiting to see if serious manufacturer interest develops for Toolie Toys as it is a very entertaining and educational toy. We hope this product will be generating additional interest as we present this idea at future trade shows.

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United Patent Research Meets With Manufacturer of Storage Products

At the International Home and Housewares Show, United Patent Research (UPR) met with the Vice President of Development for a Midwest manufacturer who is looking for products in storage, sorters, packs and racks. We are in the process of discussing what would be the best method to submit ideas to this company. We will first make sure that all appropriate non-disclosure agreements are in place before going any further. This company also has a presence overseas which is a market UPR would like to be a part of.

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United Patent Research Meets With Drinkware Specialist

At the International Home and Housewares Show, United Patent Research (UPR) met with a representative whose company specializes in drinkware. UPR believes that even though this company’s market niche is extremely narrow, we have quite a few products that may be of interest to them. This company has been extremely successful in creating very unique and innovative ideas related to drinkware, and because of these successful innovations they have been able to keep their market niche strictly with drinkware. How many of us, every day, will use drinkware in our car, home, office, school, etc.? The innovative spirit that exists in every inventor always urges them to “come up with a better mousetrap”. We are hoping that this company will continue to review our drinkware products in the years to come.

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