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Invention Links

Links compiled by Jeffrey Dobkin — Helpful links to sites and people who will help inventors.

Find links to firms and people who will help and assist you with your invention and new products.  Hook up with invention-friendly resources. Find our own brand of honest evaluations of groups and companies. Here you’ll find people we know and trust, places that we don’t trust and warn you about. If you have links that will help inventors, send them to us for our personal evaluation. If you’ve had a great – or poor – experience with a firm, please let us know. Thanks.

NextFab Studio
2025 Washington Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19146
Here’s where you can learn to build your prototype. A full hands-on tool shop fully equipped with an array of woodworking, metal working, electrical, and fabrication equipment; and a staff that will help you learn to use it all. Take classes, meet other shop members and see what they’re making, learn to use tools, take classes. A wonderful experience, and a trusted friend of the American Society of Inventors.  If you have any interested in making something, anything, you need to come here and see this shop – and learn how to do it or find people that will.  Don’t worry, you’ll have a helpful staff to assist you.

Philadelphia Woodworks Members Woodshop
4901 Umbria St, Phila PA 19128
267-331-5880 (w)   215-869-8377 (m)
“Your Work – Your Projects – Our Shop”
Primarily woodworking.  Learn from private instruction, take classes, or become a member and use the shop anytime.  Full, well-equipped woodworking facilities with tools, tables, planers, routers, shapers, drills, and hundreds of tools that I don’t have any idea what they do – but their friendly staff does.  They’ll help you make anything.  A great woodworking shop and always an excellent experience.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Washington, D.C.
Yes, the granddaddy of them all:  Find references, links to everywhere, online services, How-To information and a plethora of invention and trademark information. While our American Society of Inventors rarely recommends patents to inventors who are not moving forward with commercialization or licensing of their inventions, if you are thinking about a patent this is the place to start.

An encouraging team from MIT that works with high-schools and non-profits to assist their inventor groups.  Offers grants, prize competitions, and events honoring inventors.

USPTO Search Page
Search the Patent Office database of inventions directly from this start page.

Academy of Applied Science
24 Warren Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Phone 603-228-4530
For students, parents, and teachers.  The Academy of Applied Science administers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs where students apply scientific knowledge to life, research and inventions. Find links and resources.

Great Resource for Young Inventors

A resource for Kids – the inventors of tomorrow!  This website is for Marcaria International Trademarks, but this particular page is filled with links to famous inventors and their inventions.  From the Ancient innovators, to the greatest inventions of all time, to the genius inventors of today.  Filled with stories, bio’s and invention greats.  Contains links to inventor camps, young inventors, how products are made, and kid inventor’s days.  Plus patent infomation and a link to America’s goofiest patents.  Fun for kids and their older counterparts.  This awesome link page recommendation was sent to us by Cindy Powell and her Awesome Girl Scout Troop — Thank you… and please thank the girls: your great efforts are always noticed!

American Society of Inventors
Helping People Invent Tomorrow

Non-Profit Self-Help group used to meet bi-weekly – now, not as much.
Jeffrey Dobkin still offers product reviews and innovation insights to inventors who write or call him.

Connecting Inventors – A place to meet others who are inventors — to partner, to learn, to share ideas and to make valuable contacts.

  • Programs and presentations by individuals and organizations providing advice and services to inventors.  All our presenters have been screened and evaluated for their honesty and integrity.
  • Free evaluation of your invention
    Valuable advice provided by a team of experienced inventors and entrepreneurs.  Honest advice from people who have nothing to sell you.
  • Membership certificate suitable for framing,
  • Web Resources and Communities.  Meet fellow inventors.  Attend Inventor events.
  • Great people who will help you get started!
  • Write for details.  Thanks.