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American Inventor Judges Select Los Angeles & San Francisco Winners

June 13, 2007 11:40 PM by Joe Blackmon

Ai_ricky_gregOn the second episode of American Inventor, the four judges saw several
more inventors from San Francisco and Los Angeles.  The judges also
selected a winner from both Los Angeles and San Francisco to move to
the next round of the competition.

The judges were often unanimous in their decisions on the San Francisco inventors.  Some of the inventors that the judges all agreed on putting through to the finalist round were muli-purpose lawnmower inventor Milton Butler, fresh cuts plastic flower deodorizer inventors Erica Fand & Shelley Kohan, collapsible wheelchair inventor Michael Every, HT Custom Build Racers inventor Ricky DeRennaux, and hearing aid stabilizer inventors George and Rahana Cox.

Even though the judges weren’t unanimous, easy flow electric cake decorating dispenser inventor Tami Harris and Mr. Bright Eyes battery tester inventor Richard Kerr also were selected as finalist. 

After selecting the Los Angeles and San Francisco finalists, the judges had to select a winner from each city.  As the Los Angeles winner, the judges selected HT Custom Build Racers inventor Ricky DeRennaux.  As the San Francisco winner, the judges selected Guardian Angel inventor Greg Chavez.

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4 Responses to “American Inventor Judges Select Los Angeles & San Francisco Winners”

  1. Steven Says:
    June 14th, 2007 at 10:19 am

    I just wanted to bring your attention to last nights episode of American Inventor, in which a gentlemen named Greg Chavez won in San Francisco with his Guardian Angel. The Guardian Angel is an idea he has of a fire extinguisher for Christmas trees. He doesn’t even have a prototype. Which brings me to the News worthy part. This idea is already patented by others. Actual people who have made prototypes You can find this information at http://www.uspto.gov which is the United States Patent & Trademark Office website. The particular patent numbers to existing products are patent number 5031702, 4709763 and a few others. Thank you for your time.

  2. Larry Says:
    June 15th, 2007 at 11:13 am

    So SORRY to let Mr. Chavez down, but his idea for the “GUARDIAN ANGEL” has already been in the patent office by my client long before he went on the show. My client and I have been in touch with the shows producers and attorneys and have put them on notice that if they proceed further and if Mr. Chavez tries to sell his “IDEA” that we will be right there to take half or all proceeds from the sale. We have a working model and are currently on the trade shows showing OUR product.

  3. Tina Says:
    June 18th, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    I attended the audition in Houston, Tx. I was turned down by a judge because they had a winner last year regarding an infant carseat, my invention would save lives toddler or any child under 80 lbs. that requires to be in a carseat or boostseat. The reason for not accepting my invention for the show was that, the network didn’t won’t to loose rating they had a winner last year, she admitted my invention was an awesome they had never seen this before the other judge was speechless for words he never got to say a word. they both knew I have the one. She offer me a web site to see about getting a manufacturing Co. to look at my invention, The sad part they was more concern of high rating than the fact she knew I have the invention that’s going the saves lives of children out there traveling in vehicle for generations to comes. I was shock to see all the wacky things they were allowing through the next round. I hope next year American Inventor will come back to Houston and give the real inventors the opportunity to change and make a diffrence in our world. You can put a price on a childs life. American Invention contact me you will not be dissapointed, my invention is more than just an invention it’s a gift given to me “Vision” from the Lord…

  4. Jeff Chavez Says:
    June 20th, 2007 at 5:21 am

    Contrary to what was portrayed on the show, Greg has created several prototypes over the last 14 years while working on Guardian Angel. Strategically, he chose to focus on the CONCEPT for the audition, and not create a distraction by showing a prototype that still has a few engineering details to work through. Now that he has proceeded to the next phase of the show, he will have an opportunity to show a more complete version of his prototype. He does have his own patent pending that includes features and design specifics that no-one holds a patent for to-date. He also can show proof of work on this idea dating back 14 years. So, hold on…this patent issue isn’t quite as cut-and-dried as a few folks are suggesting…keep watching & find out more!

    Jeff Chavez


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