Update (May 12, 2015)
Dr. Merkel gave us an update on his invention, the Toothbrush Corral, at the May 2015 Meetup. He has now gone through the entire invention process–concept development, invention, patent protection, trademark protection, production, packaging, and promotional materials. Now he is entering the sales phase and working on the distribution chain.
There was a lot of discussion about all aspects of the invention process. Talk ranged from the amount of time devoted to the project to issues concerning trademark protection. Dr. Merkel also brought samples of the invention, packaging, and promotional materials. It is always nice to hear about an idea, but it is better to be able to see and touch an invention as a way to truly understand how it works.
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We had a good group at our last meeting, including some new people.
Dr. Ralph Merkel and Dave Byrd gave us an update. Dave had created a variety of packaging prototypes for Dr. Merkel’s Toothbrush Corral. Very cool, Dave!
Dr. Ralph Merkel and Dave Byrd
Dan Templeton facilitated brainstorming of possible brand names or words that could be used in brand names for Dr. Merkel’s product.
Dan Templeton in red shirt in foreground