Raquel did not realize that during his busy day, Antonio had conceived an idea that would allow her to keep one hand free while bottle-feeding the baby. After trying several prototypes sewed by his mother, the couple did a patent search and ultimately received a patent.
Antonio is not a newcomer to the invention process. His teenage passion for hairstyling grew into his own hair salon with five stylists and more than four-hundred clients. His first two patents were for inventions that made applying chemicals to the hair easier for stylists. Although he didn’t market those inventions, he says:
“My adrenalin starts to flow when I think about an idea that can enhance people’s lives. After my hair care idea, I adjusted my thinking to look beyond the hair care industry and to my family’s life. I began looking at flaws in our household and stumbled upon an idea that literally changed our lives forever: the Gabriel Feeding Pad!”
Raquel calls Antonio the “Doctor of Invention” because he is always thinking of ideas. As she puts it, she is “working on being inventive.” Her considerable contribution’s to the venture are her marketing expertise and grant writing skills. She is also the publisher of their new book, Take It to the Market! The Invention Process Made Easy. Raquel received a bachelor degree in business with a concentration in marketing from Georgia State University in 1990.