Inventor Portrait: Brian Fried

July 9, 2008

Part of a continuing series of inventor portraits.

Inventor: Brian Fried
Invention:Wrist Band Construction for Balloons
Patent: No. 6,938,275
Brand Name: Balloon-O-Band

Brian has invented several products for the home, but this one (modeled below by his daughter Alana) is for the outdoors. It makes the point that sometimes inventions can be simple.

Here’s what Brian has to say about his invention (along with artwork from the patent):

“My daughter Alana was the inspiration for the Balloon-O-Band. She lost 3 character balloons ($8 each x 3 = $24) at one kids show. Then we went to an amusement park and she was taking the balloon on and off between rides and I had to keep untying the ribbon, and I noticed that this was happening to parents and children all around me all the time. I couldn’t take it anymore, so like with many of my inventions, I needed to find a solution to keep our kids happy and parents keep their sanity and investment!”

Brian’s website:

1 Comment

Who knows the names of latex balloon inventors? Or I should say the names of people who have submitted patent applications for latex balloon molds or devices intended for the forming of latex balloons.My search using the various patent offices and patent search websites would be much more effective if I were able to insert names or patent numbers.Patents are not top secret documents they are public record.I will find them,your help PLEASE would make my search so much more pleasant .
Sincerely Thank you Adam Hagen