“I started working on my first product 4 years ago and spent a year and some money trying to develop and market it. This was the Fetch-It Slide Gaff, a sport fishing accessory for landing large fish when fishing from a pier, bridge, or cliff. I worked with a S.C.O.R.E. consultant and soon felt that my further effort had little promise of success, so I shelved the project.
Then I recalled a product that I first made for my own use about 12 years earlier for blocking the sun that shines in around the rear view mirror. Everyday I used the cardboard version I’d fashioned to keep the sun from blinding me on my drive home from work. So I began looking into getting it patented and manufactured.
I have now worked on that product, the SunStop Visor, for 3 years, sought guidance from a consultant with the University of North Florida’s Small Business Development Center and then help from inventRight. The consultant from the University of North Florida was worthless, but the inventRight coach, Judy DePrang, was invaluable. I successfully licensed SunStop Visors less than 3 months after becoming an inventRight student.
Also, I have revived the first product and I am now calling on prospective licensees. One marketing manager I contacted is taking the product to the decision makers.”