Patenting Solutions to Life’s Little Annoyances | John Rizvi | TEDxNSU

The proverbial “million dollar idea” that people spend their entire lives pursuing may actually be a seemingly tiny, insignificant thing that has been in their peripheral vision all along. Small simple ideas, that may seem obvious in hindsight, have changed entire industries and made many inventors incredibly wealthy in the process. In his talk, Board Certified Patent Attorney John Rizvi, aka the Patent Professor®, will explain how it’s the little things that count in finding patentable subject matter because innovation depends upon incremental improvement. John Rizvi is a Registered and Board Certified Patent Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law, best-selling author, and featured speaker on topics of interest to inventors and entrepreneurs. His books about patents include Escaping the Gray and Think and Grow Rich for Inventors and have won critical acclaim including an endorsement from Kevin Harrington, one of the original sharks on the hit TV show, Shark Tank. Rizvi perfected his craft at one of the most prestigious and revered patent law firms in the world – a firm that counts Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers and Henry Ford among its distinguished list of famous inventor clients. He grew tired of corporate patent work and formed his own law firm 17 years ago so that he could work directly with inventors and entrepreneurs in protecting their ideas. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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