Have a Clever Idea?
Share it with us and enter to win $25!
The wheels are always turning while you’re hard at work. We’re the same way. And we’d love to hear from you if you have a product idea to share with Innovation Factory.
We are currently on the lookout for tools and gadgets of all kinds, especially things in the following categories:
- Ice Scrapers
- Search & Rescue
- Prepping & Survival
- Other Gadgets
Every idea we like will receive a $25 gift certificate. But that's just the beginning -- If your idea is accepted, we will contact you to discuss mutually acceptable commercial terms, which may include anything from assistance with manufacturing, sourcing, sales, licensing, to distribution with major retailers.
- Trucker's Friend
- Lil Trucker
- Blizzard Survival Kit
- Handy Rescue Tool
- IceDozer Classic
- IceDozer Mini
- IceDozer Plus
- and more to come!
We've done it before with our own products, and now we want to bring your ideas to the world as well!
Before you contact us about an invention, there are a few important things you’ll need to know.
Submit an invention:
Please read and and agree to the following Non-Disclosure Agreement:
By using this invention submission form and website, you (“you”) agree to be bound by the terms of the Innovation Factory Non-Disclosure Agreement ("Agreement") listed below. Before you may submit any invention information, you must read and accept this Agreement. Agreement is effective upon acceptance for new users and terms and conditions may be updated from time to time without notice to user.
You hereby acknowledge:
Innovation Factory (“Company”) has found certain precautions necessary in accepting disclosures submitted to it. Its employees have many ideas of their own for the improvement of the Company’s products and the development of new products, some of which may be similar to your own. To prevent any misunderstanding as to what the rights and obligations of the inventor and the Company are, the Company’s policies as to considering inventions are set forth below.
The Company cannot agree to hold your disclosure in confidence because it must disclose the invention to various employees and sometimes even to those outside of its employ, to determine its value to the company, and because agreements to hold in confidence have been found to entail other obligations not intended by either the submitter or the Company. It is understood, therefore that no confidential relationship or agreement to compensate is entered into by reason of the fact that the Company is considering your disclosure.
A full written disclosure, preferably the patent application drawing and specifications, or if there are none, a sketch or drawing (which can be a rough one, provided it illustrates the invention so one skilled in the art can understand it), must be furnished to the Company, so that the Company can tell or not whether it will be interested in your invention.
The Company is not under any obligation to reveal to you information of its own in the general or specified field to which the disclosure relates.
The Company wishes you to be satisfied that your interests are fully safeguarded. If an application for a U.S. Patent has not been filed, you should have the copy of your drawings that you retain signed, dated and witnessed.
Any disclosure to the Company is made on the understanding that the Company assumes no obligation to do more than consider the disclosure so far as in its judgment the disclosure merits and to indicate whether or not the Company is interested. It is understood that you rely only in your rights under the patent laws.
The Company receives no rights hereby, or as a result of considering this disclosure, under any patent rights you now have or may acquire to the subject matter of the disclosure.
The foregoing applies to any additional or supplemental disclosure relating to the same subject matter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have a patent to submit?
No, but it is recommended. We want you to feel that your intellectual property is protected. If you do not have a patent or a pending application, we strongly suggest you retain copies of your drawings or designs which are signed, dated, and witnessed.
Does the NDA (Non-Disclosure Form) protect me?
No, if you have a patent pending or patented product, that protects you and nothing in the NDA takes that right away. It’s always good to consult an attorney if you have questions.
What do I need to submit for consideration?
Click the “Submit an Invention” button above. You will be taken to another website and can follow the step-by-step directions on that site to submit your invention.
What is the process?
Your information will go through a review that can last approximately 90 days. If more information is needed, we will contact you by phone or email. If your idea is accepted, we will be in touch to discuss mutually acceptable commercial terms and the next steps.