So you’re working in your garage one day having trouble with a particular task and you say to yourself “Man, wouldn’t it be nice if someone made ________”.
A lot of times someone does make it. Other times not. If I had a dollar for everything I thought of that showed up a few years later I’d be rich, but inventing stuff isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. The process of patenting ideas and getting them produced, distributed, etc., is usually too complicated for the average guy and often intimidates potential inventors from ever getting their project off the ground.
Lisle Corporation, who as we saw in our “Who Makes What Tools?” article, is a well known manufacturer of automotive and specialty tools. They also have an “Idea Program” that allows potential inventors to submit their ideas. If Lisle decides to go with your idea, they pay you a royalty or make you a cash offer for the design.
Lisle currently pays royalties to over 80 inventors for designs they’ve used. Including:
24400 DISC BRAKE PAD SPREADER
For installing pads on most domestic and import cars and light trucks. Makes changing pads an easy job. Tool compresses disc brake piston for easy pad installation.
27400 COMBINATION 4WD WHEEL BEARING LOCK-NUT TOOL
For both 1/2 ton (4-slot) and 3/4-1 ton (6-slot) 4WD front axles. Two tools in one.
36450 FUEL LINE DISCONNECT SET FOR FORD TRUCKS
Two tools quickly disconnect both rear fuel tank lines without lowering the tank. Use the 3/8″ tool for the fuel supply line and the 5/16″ tool for the return line. If lowering the tank is necessary, tools prevent damage to fuel lines.
45100 BRAKE SPRING TOOL
Designed for import car brake return springs. This tool removes and installs import brake return springs. Also works on domestic brakes that don’t use an anchor pin.
48400 IMPORT CAR BRAKE CLIP TOOL
Designed for import cars with brake shoe hold-down clips. Removes and installs import brake clip and nail on brake shoes in seconds.
50750 OIL FILTER PLIERS
Two position slip joint handle produces the range of three separate conventional filter wrenches. Works on fuel filters and radiator caps. Sure grip teeth prevent slipping and cushioned handles add comfort.
57800 SERPENTINE BELT TOOL
Removes and installs belts on serpentine belt systems using a spring loaded idler pulley. Will reach where conventional ratchets or breaker bars won’t.
If you have an idea, why not give it a shot?
How do you get started?
Fill out the online form by clicking HERE and Lisle will send you an Idea Disclosure Agreement.
Once it arrives in the mail, sign and return the Idea Disclosure Agreement to them along with a description of your tool idea. If you have a working model, sketch, or drawing of your idea, it is helpful to include these with agreement. Please note, all disclosures are made on a non-confidential basis.
Lisle will promptly evaluate your idea. They will notify you whether or not they will offer an award or royalty. The awards are based on many factors including: date of submission, identification of the problem, precise solution to the problem, status of patent protection, originality of idea, utility of idea , and uniqueness of idea. The decision on awards is solely at the discretion of Lisle Corporation and is final.
So there you have it. Get started and remember Conductor when you’re getting all that royalty money!