Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

Holiday Challenges That Lead to Innovations

Posted by David Lafkas on Dec 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Now that we are in the midst of the end of the year holidays, I am certain HolidayInnovationBlog.jpgmany of us are thinking of gingerbread, peppermint, hot chocolate, and cookies.  But, how many of us are thinking about innovations as well? 

I can assure you that many innovations are developed to solve holiday-specific problems.

Don’t believe me?  How about these examples:

US Patent No. 4,474,302 - A Safety Champaign Cork.  Because, come on.  The last thing you want to do is celebrate the start of the new year with a trip to the emergency room.  (And we won’t mention the embarrassment of explaining an cork-related injury!)

US Patent No. 7,028,968 - Rotating Christmas Tree Stand.  I have to admit, I do own and use one of these.  The one drawback is that you can’t hide that bare spot of the tree towards the corner anymore. 

US Patent No. 7,909,674 - Illuminated Dreidel.  This definitely helps to find the dreidel when it spins off the table and goes under the sofa. 

US Patent No. 7,102,301 - Year-round Decorative Lights with Selectable Holiday Color Schemes.  This is MY sort of holiday decorating.  Set it up once, and it works for EVERY holiday.

As you enjoy the upcoming holiday season, be sure to keep your eyes, ears, and mind open to the possible innovations around you.  Inspiration and stimulus for innovations is clearly all around us to solve our seemingly mundane holiday problems as well as the bigger issues you may be dealing with in your own organization.

Happy Innovating!!!!

Topics: innovation, stimulus mining, Patents

David Lafkas

Written by David Lafkas

David is Eureka! Ranch’s legal eagle, or more traditionally our patent and trademark authority, not only serving as in-house counsel at Eureka! Ranch, but also evangelizing on the importance of patents in today’s world of innovation to stay ahead of your competition. As an Innovation Engineering Black Belt, David has helped numerous companies develop patentable new products and services. Most recently, he’s supported High Liner Foods in Canada and the US on their comprehensive journey to achieve a culture of innovation as they not only create breakthrough seafood ideas, but also broadly educate employees and implement systems driven innovation across the corporation. David received a biomedical engineering degree from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the 4th oldest law school in the country. He lives in Cincinnati with his rescue dog, Chauncey.

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