Over time, much of inventing has been associated with men. While this might sound biased or sexist, it is relatively true. Men have been actively involved in inventing more than women. However, things appear to be changing as women inventors are finally trying to ‘restore' the balance and even the playfield.
As Albert Einstein said; necessity is the mother of all invention, it seems two mom inventors are taking his advice seriously. Jessica Jones and Mary Barnes are among the women who are using their imagination to come up with new invention ideas and products that are meant to solve people's problems and make their lives easy.
Jessica Jones is the inventor of Zipper Genie, a simple yet very effective accessory that is meant to help women with their dress zipper. Jessica identified the problem women were facing when dressing, especially when there is no one around to help them with their dress zippers. Her invention idea was greatly influenced by the problem in the market, and she came up with a game-changing accessory that was not available in the market.
Mary Barnes didn't actually invent the picture frame, but her ‘It's a Snap Frame' is something that is unique in the market. Unlike traditional picture frames that used clips to hold each layer, she has utilized the use of magnets to lock each layer in place. The frames also contain magnet where they can be hanged on any steel surfaces. They also contain "pre-installed recessed nail hooks" to help you hang your picture frame just like your traditional picture frame.
Both women pitched their ideas to Daymond John of Shark Tank, and Harry Connick Jr surprised them by offering a booth space at the InventHelp's INPEX Invention Trade Show, which will be held this June. INPEX gives inventors an opportunity of showcasing and exhibiting their recent inventions in front of huge corporations that are looking to expand and grow a new product line. It attracts inventors from the U.S and other parts of the world.
The progress that these women have made has resulted in many people asking questions about inventions. What one needs to know about the invention is the impact that your product or service is going to have on people. You need to identify the problems in the market and tailor-make your product or service to fit the demand of that particular market.
What many people fail to do is patent their invention. A patent prevents other people from copying and producing a replica of your product or service. This, however, doesn't mean there won't be products or services that function just like yours, though slightly different. A good example would be the iPhone. It is illegal to produce a smartphone that is an exact copy of iPhone. That hasn't limited the production of other smartphones like Samsung and Tecno. Though they perform nearly similar functions, their designs are somehow different.
To patent an invention idea, you need to be able to describe the specifics of your idea in details. Even though a prototype is not needed, you need to show some sketches detailing your contribution of the idea that will turn it into an invention. An idea and an invention are somehow different. An idea could be; ‘I want to catch a mouse,' while an invention could be a ‘mousetrap.'