About Inventist

At Inventist, we're inspired by the activities we love to follow our imaginations wherever they may take us. We're creative, passionate and just weird enough to dream in living color about inventions that increase the fun factor.

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First Patent

We got our first patent on October 22, 2002

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First Successful Product

In 2003 we launched the Aquaskipper

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First Invention Licensed

In 2006 the Powerwing was licensed by Razor.

Meet The Inventor

Shane Chen founded Inventist so that he could design and manufacture his innovative creations and share them with the world.

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Shane's active lifestyle and an overactive imagination combined to fuel his vision of enhancing the activities he enjoyed -- windsurfing and other water sports, skating, skiing, biking and cooking -- by creating unconventional and easy-to-use equipment. A self-described "tinkerer" from a young age, he holds thirty-three patents. Mr. Chen’s inventions extend beyond sports and fitness to include home electronics and kitchen appliances, such as the FizzSaver, Leantisserie and Alkacharger.
My mission is to develop sports-related products that are genuinely new and fun to use, while adding an element of fitness at the same time. - Shane Chen, Inventor

See how we work

The creative brain often follows unique pathways to find the hidden possibilities in the everyday world. Climb inside the mind of the inventor to learn what sparks an idea and how it develops through prototyping and testing to become one of our products.

Our Process

Recent Blog Posts

Inventist Turns 15 Years Old!
July is our birthday month! To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’re offering free shipping in our store all month long on products currently in stock. Since we started designing, manufacturing and then selling products from the imagination of our owner, Shane Chen, Inventist has always strived to present fun and unique products to the public. The AquaSkipper, one of our first inventions to hit the market, certainly measures up to our goals! We hope to introduce the new model of the AquaSkipper later this summer. Over the years we’ve brought you other unique products, like the Hovertrax, Orbitwheels, Solowheel, and Lunicycle. We’re following these up with our new product in the field of rideable tech: the IOTAtrax. But there will be more! Shane is always thinking of new ideas, so be sure to check back with us often to see what’s new. Thank you to all our customers, dealers and followers over the last 15 years. It’s been an interesting ride and we can’t wait to take it into the future.
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Intellectual Property in China
Written by Shane Chen I came to the US from China almost 32 years ago. I created a business named  CID, Inc.  and started inventing and making scientific instruments for plant physiology scientists. It was a nice, but small niche market.  There were no patent infringements except from one company in the UK. My life was peaceful. Then I started inventing consumer products for my new company,  Inventist Inc.  That was about 16 years ago. As soon as I started introducing my new products into the market I started dealing with knockoffs from China that impacted my business. So far, 7 of my inventions have been copied and sold worldwide. The popular ones are: a 3-wheeled scooter that I licensed to Razor scooters called the Powerwing. The Solowheel, an electric one wheeled vehicle you may have seen people riding around in the streets on. And the extremely popular hoverboard. But the ones that have caused fires are not mine. In fact, you probably have never seen mine: the original hoverboard called the Hovertrax which I later licensed to Razor.  99% of the hoverboards you have seen are illegal knockoffs. Based on a Chinese government report, there were over 1000 hoverboard makers who exported 4.6 billion dollars of hoverboards in 2015. The number didn’t go down in 2016 or 2017. For the 7 infringed inventions, I successfully sued many factories in China in the past 16 years. So, the Chinese patent system is working. The government has been trying hard to protect intellectual property. Things are improving every year. Now they have added specific intellectual property courts in the major cities. My last case was in an intellectual property court. I heard that the penalties will be increased on infringers. For the products that are not too popular, the problems were solved after I sued a few infringers. But for the popular products it has not worked. The problem is that there are too many infringers. You know China is the largest product maker. All of the factories are constantly seeking products to make. You can sue a few but there are many more. Often, when you win a lawsuit and shut the factory down, they will reopen again with a different name. Two Chinese judges on two different cases talked to me on the phone to explain the situation in China. They advised me to help create jobs by licensing to the factories instead. I realized it’s impossible to stop all of them by suing. For a legal system to work we must assume most people obey the law. You can imagine if half the citizens don’t follow the law in our community, our police simply cannot protect the rest of us. It becomes a war, which is what I am facing in China for intellectual property. However, I am not saying that half the Chinese factories don’t follow the intellectual property law. It’s just that they don’t understand it. For one thing, many of them are confused about the definition of “inventorship”. I’ve met a factory owner who said, “our engineers didn’t copy your product, we only saw your Hovertrax Kickstarter project and then created the same on our own.” Also, someone showed me a Chinese news broadcast talking about a young inventor who invented the electrical one-wheel vehicle. They reported that the he saw my Solowheel on the web and then he created his own. So, he is considered an inventor of Solowheel, too. Furthermore, much of the Chinese public don’t know that stealing intellectual property is a crime. I’ve also found out that most factories don’t even know where inventions come from. They make something because they see their neighbor is making it and figure that it must make money, so they copy the copies. I don’t know if you have heard this, but often in one area or town, everybody makes the same thing. I saw a town where everybody makes ties. 80% of the ties made in China come from there. The tie you are wearing today may have come from there. In another town, everybody either does aluminum extrusion or makes lingerie. And, the 1000 hoverboard makers are mostly in two cities. So, whether it’s a tie, lingerie or the hoverboard, they just want to make whatever their neighbors are making to be sure they can make money. When Amazon froze all the hoverboard factory accounts, lots of people protested in front of the Amazon building in China with signs that said, “give us back the money from the blood and sweat of our labor”.  Someone told me that I was destroying the Chinese hoverboard industry if I sued. So, they only see the value of the product they made from their hard work. They are missing the fact that the idea of the product must come from someone.  I started to realize that in China, intellectual property is still a relatively new concept. And it will take time for the Chinese people to understand and respect intellectual property. In fact, the US and many other countries went through similar issues when their patent systems started. I’ve even gone through this process myself. After coming to the US I was hired to design agricultural instruments. The first thing I proudly said to my boss was that I could redesign any of those instruments in the market. Make them cheaper. Sound familiar? Instead he asked me if I could design something new, something better. After I started my own business, I bought a competitor’s instrument and asked my engineer to reverse engineer it, so we could use the technology for part of our own product. Even though there was no patent on that product, he was reluctant to do it. I have to say living in America changed the way I think. After my own inventions were on the market, I never again wanted to make anything that other people had made before. The creative culture of America helped me become creative, too. You can imagine that if I had stayed in China, I might have become one of the most successful copiers! I believe Chinese companies want to do the right thing. It’s a learning process and China will get there some day. I can already see the difference from a few years ago. Many factories now ask me to license to them. It’s a step in the right direction. We have a great country and we should also try to understand others that are working their way up to our level of understanding. My conclusion is that enforcement is often necessary and effective, but if you have a popular consumer product, don’t drive yourself crazy trying to sue everyone who copies it. Consider using the money to invest in more marketing and branding, and use your patent to support them. If your product is good, it will get copied, but don’t let it discourage you. Keep inventing.
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But First, The Purple Board
Ever wonder how the popular hoverboard came to be? While at a trade show to showcase the Solowheel, Ywanne got bored and decided to ride two Solowheels at the same time. While watching her, Shane got a crazy idea. He decided he was going to make another personal rideable, this time with two wheels. He started with a sketch of a single board with the wheels tucked up inside, so it gives the allusion of hovering as you ride. He then created a working prototype and dubbed it The Purple Board. Unfortunately, the wheels were too small for the size of the board. So, Shane went back to the drawing board. After a few trial and errors, Shane decided to move the wheels to the outside of the board and to redesign the board to allow more independent balancing on each wheel. This also allowed the board to be more responsive to the rider during turns. This new design became the widely recognized Hovertrax design of 2013.   We’ve come a long way from those early Purple Board days. From the technological advances of the parts we use to learning how to develop rideables that are lighter, faster and more stylish. Our newest rideable, the IOTAtrax ( www.iotatrax.com ), is a perfect example! With a weight of only 15lbs and speeds up to 10 mph, this little rideable is set to be the next big thing. Pre-order yours today for only $499! But hurry, the pre-order sale ends February 28, 2018.
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