Inventor’s Handbook

This handbook was created by the Lemelson-MIT Program to address the independent inventor’s and aspiring entrepreneur’s most frequently asked questions regarding United States patents. We hope that this handbook will provide some helpful information on the patenting and commercialization processes.
Chapter 1: What Is Intellectual Property?
Chapter 2: What Can Be Patented?
Chapter 3: Is My Idea Patentable?
Chapter 4: How Do I Conduct a Patent Search?
Chapter 5: Is My Invention Worth Patenting?
Chapter 6: How Do I Apply for a Patent?
Chapter 7: How Do I Prove the Idea Is Mine?
Chapter 8: What Are Some Options to Commercialize My Patent?
Chapter 9: How Do I License My Invention?
Chapter 10: What Are Some Guidelines in Developing a Business Plan?
Chapter 11: How Do I Raise Capital?
Resources for Inventors

THE LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM HANDBOOK FOR INVENTORS IS PROVIDED ON AN INFORMATIONAL BASIS ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE. THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

GE SnowFlakes

Tis’ the season!             Nearly 400,000 lights in GE Lighting’s 86th annual holiday lighting display at Nela Park in East Cleveland will be turned on for the season at 5 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 3. This year’s display is composed of 100 percent energy-efficient LED lights. Joining the creative extravaganza are five brightly colored LED snowflake trees, designed  and made by Cleveland 10th grade MC2STEM High School students who attend school on GE’s Nela Park campus. The students employed their geometry knowledge to create the ornaments.      

MC2STEM H.S. students put geometry to work in Nela Park display New to the display this year are several creative decorations, designed and made by Cleveland 10th grade MC2STEM High School students who attend school on GE Lighting’s Nela Park campus.  Under the direction of math teacher Cathy Staveteig, and with geometry lessons involved, students fabricated five, brightly colored snowflake  trees out of wood, using the school’s epilog laser. The snowflake trees in the Nela Park display are illuminated with LED lights.

Sustainable City

Students Kihen Kitchen, Cassandra Lamarca, Taylor Williams and Taylor Owens made a house mache model out of Cardboard. They created this Mache during their sustainability Capstone. Keihen had said that the house mache was a representation of how communication changed over time. Each house had represented 10 years in time difference. The graph (above the mache) represented the forest population and how it decreased over time. Student Cassandra Lamarca examined the car exhaust and how it affected the air.

Epilog Laser Cutter

Links for the lasr cutter.

 Retrieved from “http://www.fablab.is/w/index.php/Laserskur%C3%B0ur

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About the Fablab Concept

FABLAB
source: http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/faq/

Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). CBA assembled millions of dollars in machines for research in digital fabrication, ultimately aiming at developing programmable molecular assemblers that will be able to make almost anything. Fab labs fall between these extremes, comprising roughly fifty thousand dollars in equipment and materials that can be used today to do what will be possible with tomorrow’s personal fabricators. Continue reading “About the Fablab Concept”

Cleveland to Kenya via Norway and GE

The FABLAB is a global network of people who collaborate and share knowledge. In this project the Fablab in Cleveland will be working with their educational partner General Electric (GE) to develop an efficient solution to the lack of lighting and electricity available to the Fablab in Kenya and is surrounding compound. The project also include the development of a lighting mechanism that can work off a solar cell and ultimately be reproduced in any Fablab around the world. The plan is to develop the fixture with the informational resources and experiences from our team at GE Lighting and use only the tools and materials available to any Fablab around the world. If it can be designed in Norway with support from Cleveland, it can be reproduced in Kenya.

At this point we have Nick DiGiorgio of the Cleveland Fablab at a Fablab Bootcamp in Norway. Working through the web and the teleconferencing plans and ideas are shared as the project for both the lighting sytem in the Fablab Kenya and the solar fixture are fleshed out.

Link to the opening of the Fablab, Kenya
http://www.fablab.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=144&catid=1&Itemid=34

Link to Fablab – Kenya
http://www.fablab.co.ke/

Link to Fablab – Norway
http://www.fablab.no

solar sketch

The FABLAB is a network of people who collaborate and share knowledge. In this project the Fablab in Cleveland will be working with thier educational partner General Electric (GE) to develop an efficient solution to the lack of lighting and electricity abvailable to the Fablab in Kenya and is surrounding compound. The project also include the development of a lighting mechanism that can work off a solar cell and ultimately be reproduced in any Fablab around the world. The plan is to develop the fixture with the informational resources and experiences from our team at GE Lighting and use only the tools and materials available to any Fablab around the world. If it can be designed in Norway with support from Cleveland, it can be reproduced in Kenya.

At this point we have Nick DiGiorgio of the Cleveland Fablab at a Fablab Bootcamp in Norway. Working through the web and the teleconferencing plans and ideas are shared as the project for both the ARO campus lighting system and

Link to the opening of the Fablab, Kenya
http://www.fablab.no/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=144&catid=1&Itemid=34

Fablab in Kenya
http://www.fablab.co.ke/

Update from Norway

Ok USA (you will see the thumbs up a lot)
Ok USA (you will see the thumbs up a lot)

 

I’ve made it safe to Norway. Sorry for not calling I didn’t know how.

You can log onto Google Talk and communicate with me through the email address: nicholas.digiorgio@gmail.com or let me know you are going to try Google talk and I’ll contact you. Skype is another tool that I will try to figure out. We can text chat, or talk and even video conference from the lab.

You can see me live from the website at this Link: http://www.fablab.no/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=103

The place I’m staying at is: http://www.fablab.no/

There are others from all over the world. Frosti from Iceland, Alex from Netherlands, Eddie from Manchester, Thomas from Kenya.

I’ve uploaded some pictures at Flicker which you can access from the right.

Things I’ve accomplished…

  1. Midnight walk up a mountain to see whales and eagles, only saw a few sheep
  2. Create this blog with the pictures and videos
  3. Eaten dried Reindeer heart, Icelandic “Pluck and mash” (Pluck fish from the bone and mix it with potatoes like a casserole) and then for snack  dried sea-weed
  4. Taken a lot of pictures

However, I haven’t fabricated anything yet.  But I’ll keep you updated.

New Friends from the Fablab
New Friends from the Fablab

Arriving in Norway

Well it’s been one heck of a trip. I missed a flight that was delayed by 2 hours, spent 16 hours getting from Cleveland, Ohio to Philedelphia, to Olso, Norway to a northern city named Tromso, and then a long car ride to the little remote town in Lyngen Alps, Norway. Lost my luggage and don’t have any clean clothes. Can’t sleep right now because of this…

 

Cabin overlooking the mountains
Cabin overlooking the mountains