You want to be a successful inventor, ask an expert!
The key to successful inventing is to surround yourself with good people and learn from individuals that are experts in the field. Louis Forman is one of those experts with a long and proven track record.
Louis will be publishing a book next month The Independent Inventor’s Handbook (Workman; $14.95; August 2009). In addition, he will be doing speaking engagements around the country discussing his book and many of his approaches to successful inventing.
Mr. Forman is tentatively scheduled to speak in Canton, Ohio on September 1st, 2009. I will post the details of his speaking engagement once they are solidified. You don’t want to miss this event!
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Louis Foreman is founder and Chief Executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm with offices in Charlotte, NC and Taiwan. Enventys works with some of the nation’s largest companies, including Hasbro, Adidas, Bell South, Abbot, Tyco, Hanes and Sara Lee.
Louis graduated from The University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics. His interest in starting businesses and developing innovative products began while a sophomore with his first company founded in his fraternity room. Louis has been a life long entrepreneur and launched a business selling Lacrosse equipment from his college fraternity house during his sophomore year of college. He later launched his own line of NASCAR clothing and also formed a company that licensed a line of shin guards to Adidas and Nike that generated more than $2 million.
Over the past 20 years, Louis has created 5 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 10 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor of 9 registered US Patents, and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 150 more.
The recipient of numerous awards for entrepreneurial achievement, his passion for small business extends beyond his own companies. Louis volunteers his time teaching small business classes at Central Piedmont Community College, and was just recently awarded the 2007 Instructor Achievement Award. He is a frequent lecturer and radio / TV guest on the topics of small business creation and product development.
In addition to being an inventor, Louis is also committed to educating others on the topic of intellectual property. Louis is the creator, executive producer and lead judge of the Emmy® award-winning national PBS reality show, Everyday Edisons.
Everyday Edisons tracks 7 inventors selected from thousands of applicants as their inventions are taken from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves by an expert team of industrial designers, engineers, marketing experts and web designers. The goal of the show is to introduce viewers to the process of invention and to help them understand how to take their own ideas to the next level.
In 2007, Louis became the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 20-year-old publication devoted to the topic of American Innovation.
Louis was a founding member of The Inventors Network of the Carolinas, a non-profit organization that empowers inventors through education, support, and networking opportunities. Louis currently serves as a board member for the University of North Carolina Charlotte Technology Commercialization Committee, The Entrepreneurial Leadership Council at Queens University, and the Central Piedmont Community College Small Business Advisory Board. In December of 2007, he was appointed by United States Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez to serve for a 3-year term on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Popular Science — June 2009
When light bulbs go on, questions come up.
Louis offers advice to new inventors in Popular Science.
ABC News — May 29, 2009
Eureka! Recession Sparks Inventive Spirit
Louis interviewed about the important role inventors play during economic recessions.
Innovate Out of the Recession
Louis to be a featured panelist at the McColl School of Business Innovation event.
Charlotte’s Uptown Magazine features Louis Foreman
Uptown Magazine interviews Louis for the November 2008 issue.
The Mecklenburg Times: Power Players
Cynthia Holland interviews Louis about his success as a businessman and entrepreneur.
Louis Foreman’s advice in Money magazine
Louis in CNN’s Money Magazine.
Startup Story Radio: Inventing and Product Development
Host Rob McNealy talks with Louis about the show, Everyday Edisons, and the valuable resources available to inventors.
Everyday Edisons receives television’s most prestigious award
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Everyday Edisons with the Emmy®.
Chicago SunTimes: Invention Convention
Everyday Edisons is looking for a few good ideas.
Alexandria Innovation in Technology Awards: Innovation speaking invitation
Louis Foreman Producer of “Everyday Edisons,” Announced as Speaker
CNNMoney.com/Fortune Small Business: Bringing a killer new product to market
A Fortune Small Business reader asks how to transform an idea into a product for the marketplace, Louis responds.
Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Names Louis Foreman to Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committee
Louis will serve a three-year term on the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committee to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Reader’s Digest: Got a $1M Idea?
Readers Digest interviews four Everyday Edisons inventors — all ordinary people who each believe they have “million dollar ideas.” Could your brainstorm be the next big thing?
Charlotte Business Journal: Entrepreneurs talk about what they do and why they do it …
Louis is featured in the Charlotte Business Journal in a Q&A format.