Louis Foreman

Louis_ ForemanLouis Foreman is founder and Chief Executive of Enventys (www.enventys.com), an integrated product design and engineering firm. He is also CEO of Edison Nation (www.EdisonNation.com). His interest in starting businesses and developing innovative products began while a sophomore with his first company founded in his fraternity room. Over the past 20 years Louis has created 9 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 20 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor of 10 registered US Patents, and his firm is responsible for the development and filing of well over 500 more.

The recipient of numerous awards for entrepreneurial achievement, his passion for small business extends beyond his own companies. Louis is an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, teaching at Queens University and Belmont Abby College. He received the Instructor Achievement Award for his teaching at Central Piedmont Community College, and was recognized by the National Museum of Education for his Distinguished Contributions to Education. Louis is the Entrepreneur in Residence at The McColl School of Business at Queens University. He is a frequent lecturer and radio / TV guest on the topics of small business creation and innovation, and is frequently invited by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and national trade associations to be a featured speaker on the topic of innovation.

In addition to being an inventor, Louis is also committed to inspiring others to be innovative.  Louis is the creator of the Emmy® Award winning PBS TV show, Everyday Edisons, and serves as the Executive Producer and lead judge. The show is in its fourth season and appears nationally on PBS. In 2007, Louis became the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 25 year old publication devoted to the topic of American Innovation. In 2009, his first book, The Independent Inventor’s Handbook, was published by Workman Publishing.

In 2010, he was elected to the boards of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPO) and The United Inventors Association (UIA). He is co-chairman of the NC Institute for Emerging Issues Business Committee on Creativity. He also serves as a Director of the James Dyson Foundation, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Council at Queens University.

In 2008, Louis was appointed by United States Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez to serve for a three year term on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2011, he was appointed by Secretary Gary Locke to serve an additional three year term. The Committee was created by Congress in 1999 to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on matters relating to the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the patent operation.

In 2011 Louis was called upon, multiple times, to brief the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on legislation related to the US Patent System and its impact on independent inventors. On September 16, 2011, Louis joined the President on-stage for the signing of the America Invents Act into law. This bi-partisan effort represented the most comprehensive overhaul to the US Patent System in over 60 years.

Professional Degrees/Designations:

  • BS, Economics, University of Illinois

Previous Appointments:

  • Executive Producer, PBS show: "Everyday Edisons"
  • Publisher, Inventors Digest Magazine
  • Founder & Chief Executive, Enventys, Charlotte,NC
  • President, Track Gear, Charlotte, NC
  • President, Competitive Edge Sports, Champaign, IL
  • President, University Sportswear, Champaign, IL

 

Primary Areas of Interest:

Starting businesses and developing innovative products.

Affiliations:

  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Technology Commercialization Committee
  • Board member - Queens University Entrepreneurial Leadership Council
  • United States Patent Office – Patent Advisory Committee Member


Courses Instructed:

  • SBX 7301:  How to Start and Operate a Small Business
  • SBX 7335:  New Product Idea Go from Concept to Commercialization