Inventing something is not easy but it’s not that hard either. The only thing that is standing between a normal person and an inventor is the execution of ...
Inventing something is not easy but it’s not that hard either. The only thing that is standing between a normal person and an inventor is the execution of the ideas.
The process of invention is simple
It is important that you try.
Complete an initial patent search. Just because you haven't seen your invention doesn't mean it doesn't already exist. Before you hire a patent attorney or agent, complete a rudimentary search for free at official government websites, make sure no one else has patented your idea.
You should also complete a non-patent "prior art" search. If you find any sort of artwork or design related to your idea, you cannot patent it--regardless of whether a prior patent has been filed.
Research your market. Sure, your friend thinks your idea for a new lawn sprinkler is a great idea, but that doesn't mean your neighbor would buy one.
More than 95 percent of all patents never make money for the inventor. Before you invest too much time and money into patenting your invention, do some preliminary research of your target market. Is this something people will actually buy? Once you know there's a market, make sure your product can be manufactured and distributed at a low enough cost so that your retail price is reasonable.
You can determine these costs by comparing those of similar products currently on the market. This will also help you size up your competition--which you will have, no matter how unique you think your invention is.
Think about what market you're interested in. This would be a good place to start, as you already have some working knowledge of that field. For example, maybe you're interested in smartphones and electronics. Think about items like the Android and IOS. What makes these items desirable?
A prototype is a model of your invention that puts into practice all of the things you have written in your inventor's journal. This will demonstrate the design of your invention when you present it to potential lenders and licensees. Do not file a patent before you have made a prototype. You will almost always discover a flaw in your original design or think of a new feature you would like to add.
If you patent your idea before you work out these things, it will be too late to include them in the patent and you will risk losing the patent rights of the new design to someone else.
People sometimes can be rigid and obstinate, which can prove to be your golden opportunity to turn the unturned stones.
Some of the greatest inventions are simply expansions or innovations on existing products. Can you think of a new spin on an existing product or service? Can you find a way to make a long-standing, successful invention more convenient and desirable? If so, this may be a great product to try to invent and sell.
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