February's spark of genius article

Inventor Lori Greiner Organizes the World

By Elizabeth Dougherty : Office of Patent Legal Administration

Superstar inventor Lori Greiner has been addressing the needs of men and women through her cleverly designed products.

Since 1996, she has created more than 350 products. One of Lori's first patents was patent number 5,762,184 for a Jewelry Holder with at least one movable stand and she currently holds 108 United States and international patents for innovations, including some of the most popular jewelry and cosmetic organizers of her time. She has developed kitchen tools, travel bags and unique accessories along with essential organizers for all around the home. Like so many of her inventions, Lori's inspiration comes from her passion for bringing happiness to people by making their everyday lives easier. Her products are sold on QVC and in retailers across the United States and Europe.

In addition to being the creative force behind her company, For Your Ease Only, Lori handles the legal and patent processes and drives the business to the success it has achieved. She is involved in all facets of taking a product from concept to creation, and ultimately to market.

Lori has also accumulated a large fan-base from her position as a TV personality. Lori has her own show, "Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner," appearing live each month on QVC TV for more than 11 years. She is also a "Shark" on ABC's popular show "Shark Tank," and can be seen this season in the episodes airing Feb. 10, 17 and 24.

Lori's collection of more than 350 products is regularly featured in top magazines like Town & Country; O, The Oprah Magazine; Woman's Day; Family Circle and InStyle. She has been featured on Bloomberg and CNBC and has also been profiled in Financial Times and Success. Her initial Silver Safekeeper was chosen as one of Oprah's favorite things.

Lori believes if you are lucky enough to be successful you have a responsibility to give back. Her most gratifying moments are when she is able to help budding entrepreneurs achieve the success she feels lucky to have enjoyed. For example, Lori generously donated her time and expertise to the attendees of the first annual USPTO Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium held in March 2011. Her enthusiasm, real-life experience and words of encouragement invigorated attendees to take on the challenges of starting or growing a business.

The USPTO celebrates the success of women inventors like Lori Greiner. To read about other successful women inventors, visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee library.

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