Accident Disabled Inventor Seeks Grant To Pioneer New Product Development
by Kirk Bergeron
(New Orleans, LA, USA)
I am a 58-year-young accident disabled individual that has always been an inventor.
At an early age, I thought of many ways of improving life and started to write down my ideas.
I am unmarried with one son who has become a welder and I have a grandson too!
By trade, I am a licensed building engineer and have been for over 30 years. Where I worked I had to find ways of improving.
I have been unable to continue in this trade due to the injury to my right arm, having paralysis in this arm and breaking my finger on my left hand.
I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and started Pioneer New Product Development in June 2003 but then was derailed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
I had to rebuild my home after having 18 inches of water. At my age, I was concerned about my own safety and the safety of others.
I started receiving social security disability benefits last year and will need to be reviewed in November.
After an electrical fire in early 2005, I helped my 92-year-old mother rebuild her home. I am now responsible for her primary care.
At the same time, I'm trying to start my own business while no longer actively employed and receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
I would like a grant to continue Pioneer New Product Development and get my products to market.
I have run Pioneer New Product Development out of my home and would continue this. I have at least 15 ideas that are ready to be developed.
I would like to get my product ideas developed and patented. It costs approximately $10,000 per idea to go from development to legal opinion and patent research to finally getting a patent.
I have an established relationship with a patent attorney with whom I work and he is proceeding with two of my products. One product is patent search pending and the other is copyrighted right now.
I would market each product to individual companies to see if they wanted to purchase my product. I estimate the cost to do this to be about $1500 monthly.
I also have started to market my inventions on eBay and through a website that I have established. I have run the company and will continue to do so.
I have not collected a salary so far. I would like to set up a minimum of $1000 per month. This would be for the management, development and marketing of Pioneer.
My projected sales would be a minimum of $25000 a year or more. This will depend on the products that have been developed and ready to be put out on the open market.
A grant would help me in furthering my initial development of Pioneer New Product Development.