Stephen Key is an award-winning self-described ‘product artist,’ world-renowned intellectual property strategist, successful entrepreneur, speaker, columnist, and bestselling author.
The dozens of products he has brought to market over the past 35 years have retailed in Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Disney stores and theme parks worldwide, as well as been endorsed by Michael Jordan, Alex Trebek, and Taylor Swift. He is a cofounder of inventRight, a one-on-one coaching program dedicated to helping people license their ideas for new products. His first book, One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams Into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work, has been translated into six other languages and was updated in 2015.
He writes a popular weekly online column for Inc., is a long-standing contributor to Entrepreneur, and in 2016, began writing about product licensing for the leading design website Core77.
His latest book, Sell Your Ideas With or Without a Patent, dives deep into the business strategy of using intellectual property to profit.
In 2018, Stephen became an American Association for the Advancement of Science — Lemelson Invention Ambassador.