7 Websites You Must Visit for Online Inventor Resources

September 18, 2017

7 Websites You Must Visit for Online Inventor Resources

Being an inventor isn’t easy. It’s a lot of hard work, long nights, hair pulling, research, and experimentation. It’s not enough to just be creative. To take your invention from idea to product, you need help. You need some inventor resources to help guide you. 

Thankfully, at Quirky, we love taking the ideas stuck in your head and helping you turn them into real, purchasable products. In fact, that’s our entire premise. Still, we know that sometimes you need a little more help.

That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite online inventor resources for inventors of all shapes, sizes, and ideas. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to take the next step, these websites are sure to help you on your way.

1. Georgia Tech Library’s Quick Guide: Inventor Resources for Patents

This website is a compendium of interesting information for inventors. Whether you’re looking for information about how to avoid scams or the best way to deal with invention marketing companies, they’ve got links to a little bit of everything. 

We especially love their compilation of links about patents and intellectual property. The legal side of being an inventor can be tricky, but Georgia Tech has gathered together the top websites and organizations with the information you need to be successful. This is a must-have inventor resource.

2. Inventors Digest

Inventors Digest is the leading print and online publication for inventors of all types. It’s been around for 32 years. That means it’s a publication with inventor resources you can trust. 

Within its website, you can find useful, entertaining, and cutting edge information all designed to help you succeed. Check out their pages on American Inventors, Invention 101, and Marketing Tips.

3. IPWatchdog.com

Are you worried about someone stealing your ideas or are you filled with questions about patent law, copyrights, trademarks and more?

IPWatchdog.com is the leading Intellectual Property Law Blog on the Internet. In fact, in 2014, the blog was inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame after it was recognized by the American Bar Association for five years in a row as a top 100 legal blog. 

The blog is filled with inventor resources on everything from business to the law of patents, technology, innovation, politics, inventors, and more.

Gene Quinn a patent attorney, law professor, and leader in patent law and innovation policy founded it, which means you can trust the information on the site to be legitimate. We especially love the up-to-date news articles about the latest in patent information. 

4. Reddit.com/r/Inventions

Are you looking for a community of other inventors where you can share ideas and get feedback? 

The Reddit inventor community has more than 7,220 readers from all over the world. It was designed as a place to “bounce off bright ideas, brainstorm creative barriers, and show off your latest inventions and innovations.”

While it’s not the busiest community on Reddit, there are always a few posts a week for those looking to interact.

5. YouTube: The New INVENTIONS

If you want to be inspired by crazy, weird, interesting, and intelligent inventions, this is the YouTube channel for you.

The curator showcases the latest technology, inventions, and gadgets from all over the world. Inventor resource videos include topics such as:

  • 10 Best Kitchen Gadgets on Amazon
  • 5 Cool Things You Didn’t Know Existed
  • 10 Best Pocket Multi Tools You Must Have

It’s a great channel to get inspired as well as to see if your idea has already been invented. And, maybe one day, you’ll see your invention on the channel.

6. Inventors Assistance League

The Inventors Assistance League is a non-profit education institution that’s been helping inventors for over 50 years. Membership in the league is free, and they’ll help you evaluate, protect, and market your product. They also offer unique paid-for services such as:

  • Idea Assessment and Recommendation: which can help you determine if your idea is new, useful, and worthwhile.
  • Provisional Patent Application: which helps you prepare, write, and deliver your patent application.

8. Inventor Spot 

The Inventor Spot is a great inventor resource site that publishes about four posts a week talking about the latest inventions, innovations, and interesting ideas.

Historically, it’s one of the top 1000 most referenced blogs in the world and one of the most popular invention-related websites on the Internet. They provide news and information along with recommended products and trends in innovation. It’s a great one-stop-shop for all of the latest and greatest in the invention world.

There are literally thousands of websites and blogs dedicated to inventor resources. The key is to make sure you’re not bamboozled into believing the wrong information by relying on information from a poor source. To get started, stick with Quirky and the websites we’ve mentioned above, and you’re sure to learn a lot.