Meet the Would-Be Inventors of Texas’s Next Big Idea

four light bulbsIt’s hard to shock a patent attorney. Bob Wise, president of the Texas Inventors’ Association, would know. After working in the business for 41 years, including 20 as a patent examiner, he has heard it all: medical products, toys, office supplies, gardening tools, appliances, oil well devices, radar systems, travel gear, baby contraptions. But there is one idea that sticks out after all these years, and he needs to take a deep breath now to recall this intentionally repressed memory. “It was butt jewelry,” he said, cringing. “Something that is hanging out that is supposed to be…ayyyyyy.” No question, he hoped to hear more marketable ideas than that at the November meeting of the TIA. In a public library in Plano, Wise, dressed lawyer-casual in…View Original Post

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