Back to Work

It’s been a long time since the last post….about 18 months.  Our Kickstarter campaign in the spring of 2016 was unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, and after a little time for reflection, it was back to work.  We completed the US and International patent applications over that summer (2016), including trademark protection for “Grip … Read more…

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading”

Thank you again to everyone who pledged to this campaign. I truly appreciate the support and trust. We raised over $10,000 from 107 backers! However, with only 10 days to go, successfully reaching our goal is just not realistic and so I have decide to end the campaign early. Although you can find opinions on … Read more…

Crowdfunding

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent.  Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” – Thomas Edison I will be launching my first product through the well-known crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.  For those of you who are not familiar with the in’s and out’s of Kickstarter, here are a few basics (feel … Read more…

Patent-Pending!

With the design concepts flushed out, it was time to work on finalizing the patent application.  I had been working with a patent attorney during the design process, to make sure I understood the patent landscape and how my concept fit within that landscape.  The patent process is a lengthy and complex process, and working … Read more…

Now I’ve Got Something

Now I had an idea with legs.  A universal grip that can attach to almost any roof rack, making it easier and safer to strap something to a vehicle roof rack.  I ran through numerous design iterations and several prototypes.  This was a stand alone product that could be marketed to Do-It-Yourselfers and sold through home centers … Read more…

Inspiration vs Frustration

I have a mid-size SUV with a factory roof rack that came with the vehicle – similar to many SUV’s you might see on the road today. I use my roof rack to transport things like bikes, a roofbox, plywood, lumber, Christmas trees, and extension ladders.  I am a recreational biker and enjoy mountain biking when … Read more…