Juan Pineda Sanchez left his native country of Honduras for the United States nearly two decades ago. He’s faced highs and lows on his journey to fulfill the American dream. His English is far from perfect. But he’s achieved a feat I can hardly believe, because I cannot name a single other person I know that’s done what he has. He’s filed and received two patents completely on his own.
Sanchez revealed that he’s always had a passion for solving problems and creating things. But it wasn’t until the last five years that he truly invested himself in inventing.
“I always thought I could patent an idea myself. I had an experience with a company that took one of my ideas. I was devastated. But I wasn’t going to stay down. So I decided to learn how to patent my own ideas,” Sanchez explained.
Patenting an idea is a staggering task. What resources did Sanchez use?
“The USPTO was very helpful. They answered every question I had, giving me the time I needed when I called. I also read “Patent it Yourself” – a very thick text with a lot of great information. Anyone can do it. Anyone with the willpower.”
Sanchez has a unique idea that he claims will “revolutionize the mailbox industry.” He developed the idea after a frustrating personal experience.
“Several years ago, my wife and I were expecting and relying upon a check to be received. But someone was taking the mail from our mailbox. When we realized it, it was a great inconvenience. We got behind in bills. We suffered. When I researched what protection was available for mailboxes, I discovered there wasn’t any.”
A locked mailbox is easily broken into. Sanchez’s idea uses an alarm to notify an owner if his or her mailbox is being tampered with.
There are so many inventors who complain about their luck, or their circumstance, or whatever. I love Sanchez’s determination – an inspiration to us all. And that’s why I’ve decided to follow his story in the upcoming months. He has a meeting with the CEO of a large corporation soon. Wish him luck!
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 25 years. Along with business partner
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