Press-Release: WTVR CBS Channel 6 Interview With Prof. Rizvi on Patents

RICHMOND, VA., Mar 30, 2018 /The Patent Professor®/ -- Prof. John Rizvi, Esq., nationally known as The Patent Professor ®, was recently interviewed by The CBS 6 News Team about the best way to protect inventions through a patent. John is a popular TED speaker and his recently released TEDx talk generated almost 40,000 views within two months of going live on the TED platform.​​​The full video of Professor Rizvi’s CBS interview is included at the end of this post (for those impatient ones that want to scroll down).

Professor Rizvi was recently invited back to present to TEDx at Nova University and this talk should also be live on the TED platform within the next couple of weeks.

Asked to describe his experience with this latest TEDx talk, Professor Rizvi described it this way:

“It was as if the professionalism and serious topical nature of TED got together with the fun and hilarity of a stand-up gig and HAD A BABY”. 

He then adds:

“I truly enjoyed providing inventors with insight into some simple and seemingly obvious ideas that were patented and changed entire industries”.

Among the ideas discussed, John spoke about Sara Blakely and how her simple improvement to pantyhose led to her founding Spanx, a company valued today at over a billion dollars. 

Consequently, Sara Blakely, became the youngest female billionaire and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.  He also covered the invention of the coffee cup sleeve, the Post-it ® note, and the upside down squeeze bottle.

John Rizvi at TEDx NSU - Patent Slide
John Rizvi At TEDx - Patent Talk

In addition to speaking about patenting in general, news anchor Cheryl Miller inquired into the basis of the title to his best selling book on patenting, Escaping the Gray, and the story behind the esoteric title.

Escaping the Gray - a new book by Prof. John Rizvi, Esq.

The title from this book comes from one of Professor Rizvi’s all-time favorite quotations and is one by President Theodore Roosevelt:

Roosevelt Quote For Inventors - Escaping The Gray

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Also covered in the short interview was Professor’s second book, Think and Grow Rich for Inventors, which has quickly become a best seller as well and is following along the heels of Napoleon Hill’s classic book upon which it is based. 

Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is the number one best selling self help book of all time and Professor Rizvi has updated this classic to reflect the unique perspective of the inventor and the obstacles they face in bringing a new product to market.

See the full interview on CBS Channel 6 here:

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