Stephen Key

Cofounder, inventRight

Stephen Key is an award-winning inventor, renowned intellectual property strategist, and lifelong entrepreneur. He achieved repeat success as an independent product developer, including defending his intellectual property against one of the largest toy companies in federal court. The innovative packaging solution he brought to market is protected by more than 20 patents and received 15 industry awards, including two Edisons.

To teach others his unique process for harnessing the power of open innovation, Key cofounded a coaching program for inventors in 1999. inventRight has since helped people from more than 60 countries license their ideas for new products. His bestselling book about licensing inventions, One Simple Idea, has been translated into six languages. Key explains how to commercialize intellectual property weekly on his popular YouTube channel and in Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur.

In 2017, he cofounded Inventors Groups of America, a not-for-profit, with the goal of educating and empowering inventors and inventing group leaders. He is also the cofounder of inventYES, a free program for high school students worldwide who want to learn about how to turn their ideas into reality.