Rebecca KATZ: Inventor

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  • Tell us something about yourself, your background

I started inventing things when I was a child and deconstructed my old name of the week underwear to make Barbie clothing.  I started hand sewing at a very young age.   My interests were initially in Fashion design and Interior design and then they changed to Social work and Psychiatry as I got older.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and I am taking a masters level course as a  non-matriculated student at the University at Buffalo, in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Social Work.    Somehow my inventions always brought me back to home where items so It is sort of like I have been a designer all along.

  • How/Why did you start inventing. What set you off?

I invented The Tucky Blanket out of necessity.  I soon thereafter realized that this could be a marketable solution for people.  If you have a problem, chances are a lot of other people are experiencing the same problem and you are not alone.   I made the blanket out of sewing and cutting other blankets together.  The reason I made this blanket is because I am a chronic leg tucker who needs an edge on both sides to wrap around my leg.  When I moved in with my partner, I had lost an edge due to sharing one blanket.  At first, we slept with individual blankets, but I would get cold with just one blanket and it ended up being three or four and a lot of laundry.  I wanted something that made me feel connected while still being able to share one blanket.   Alas, The Tucky Blanket was born.

  • Can you tell us about the product you invented with a brief explanation

The Tucky Blanket: My solution gives people their own blanket portion within a larger shared blanket for mindful sharing, and it provides both partners two edges for the comfort of leg tucking.  All the seams are hidden and it looks like a normal standard blanket for those that don’t like change.  If you get hot, you can take it off and there are no leg trappers or closures and it feels like a normal standard blanket.  A few quick tosses like making a normal bed enables all the edges to fall flat for a smooth bed appearance.

  • Where are you with the product?

At this moment, I have handmade prototypes and have a patent.  I am looking for a partner(s) or an investor(s) to get started.

  • What advice do you have for budding inventors?
  1. The advice I can give to people is to make sure If you want to patent your item to make sure your attorney/agent is on the USPTO.gov website. If you have something truly unique, you should patent it.
  2. Keep spare parts of things you buy to use to tinker with.
  3. Don’t give up, even if every one has rejected you. You will find the right tools to move forward, just be patient. 
  4. Make something new, we are tired of the same ideas being rebranded. There is not much invention in that.
  5. When you google search to make sure your idea has not been done already, go to the last “0” in google and really make sure you’re not wasting your time. If it’s been done, applaud yourself for having a great idea and then move onward to the next.
  • The Tucky Video:
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