A MOTHER OF INVENTION CENTER HELPS INVENTORS ENTER MARKET
Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Fla.; Feb 8, 1988; Susan G. Strother of The Sentinel Staff;
-- Edward Thayer, Jupiter; Eric Ward, West Palm Beach: Two- dimensional propulsive lift nozzle. Assigned to United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn. -- Richard Tietze, Fort Pierce: Remote release tow hooks. Assigned to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Inc., Fort Pierce.
(Copyright 1988 by The Orlando Sentinel)
Inventors looking for product-patenting and marketing assistance may find a trip to the Florida Product Innovation Center in Alachua worthwile.
The center, created 18 months ago and underwritten by the state and federal governments, helps inventors and entrepreneurs, whether they are in the early stages of testing their product or ready to prepare a marketing plan.
"We can train people how to approach companies to have their products marketed, and we can educate them as to financing aspects. We also link inventors to manufacturers," said Pamela Riddle, the organization's director. The center operates in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration and in cooperation with the state university system, Riddle said. So far, the center has helped 250 inventors with projects from high-tech to no-tech. The fees charged inventors range from minimal to nothing at all.
The most recent success story is that of a Jacksonville inventor who developed the "paddle pal," a device for cleaning the blades of a paddle fan. The product is now being test marketed in discount stores, Riddle said.
An important part of the center's assistance is its ability to link enterpreneurs with venture-capital funds or the private network of "angels" -- wealthy Floridians unaffiliated with a formal venture- capital group but interested in product investments.
Inventors and enterpreneurs may call the center directly at (904) 462-3942 or may call their nearest Small Business Development Center. In Orlando, that would be the University of Central Florida, 275- 2796.
Florida inventors who have recently received patents include:
-- Jacob Fast, Plantation: Information display element.
-- Newsome Corbitt III, Jacksonville: Bait guard for a fish hook.
-- John Maguire, Deerfield Beach: Auxiliary window lock.
-- Robert W. Smith, Alva: Harvesting of aquatic vegetation by helicopters. Assigned to Colony Services Inc., LaBelle.
-- Binh Ly, Fort Lauderdale: Portable beverage-brewing apparatus.
-- Frank Schulte, Mayo: Barge coupler assembly.
-- Guillermo Ruiz, Hialeah: Leak-proof closures.
-- Edward Thayer, Jupiter; Eric Ward, West Palm Beach: Two- dimensional propulsive lift nozzle. Assigned to United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn.
-- Richard Tietze, Fort Pierce: Remote release tow hooks. Assigned to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Inc., Fort Pierce.
-- Hartley Sandt, Orange Park; Henry Happy, Jacksonville: Method of laying pipe sections. Assigned to Price Brothers Co., Dayton, Ohio.
-- Eduardo Marabotto, Miami: Mark Bresin, Coral Springs; Bick Drake, Warren, Mich: Electrical connector. Assigned to Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.
-- Michael Hooven, Miami: Three-stage valve with flexible valve seat and three-stage intracranial pressure-control valve.
-- Robert Kenna, Hobe Sound: Spinal implant. Assigned to Pfizer Hospital Products Group Inc., New York.
-- Daniel Norwich, Tampa: Coordinated multiple telephone station system. Assigned to Telecredit Inc., Los Angeles.
-- Michael Cudahy, Delray Beach; Carlos De La Huerga, Shorewood, Wis; Thomas Divers, Barry Altman, both of Mequon, Wis: Patient monitoring system having transportable data module and display unit. Assigned to Marquette Electronics Inc., Milwaukee.
-- Donald Harris, Key Largo: Capped pacer neck containing a connector assembly. Assigned to Telectronics N.V., Netherlands, Antilles.
-- Joseph Maggio, Hialeah: Disposable automatic lancet. Assigned to Medicore Inc. Hialeah.
-- Gary Muller, Scott Theiss, James Brown, all of Palm Harbor; Bobby Lawson, Tarpon Springs: Nuclear steam generator sludge lancing method and apparatus. Assigned to Apex Technologies Inc., Stuart.
-- Joseph Richard, Pensacola: Self-destruct fish hook.
-- Jacob Fast, Plantation: Longitudinally reinforced display tag for product information.
-- Charles Herdman, Dania: Shoelace knot retainer.
-- Vincent Cuervo, Dade County: Default proof credit-card method system. Assigned to Default Proof Credit Card System, Coral Gables.
-- Kenneth Finken, Indialantic: Phased array antenna. Assigned to Harris Corp., Melbourne.
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