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March 3, 2015

Different Types of Prototype Methods

As with general manufacturing, there are different types of rapid prototype methods you can choose from during the process of seeing your invention to production. To choose your preferred prototype method, consider what you want from your prototype: An exact replica of the final product Identical in colour and texture Opportunity to test for form and fit The following are a few different types of prototype methods you might encounter: Wax Printing Silicone Soft Tooling SLM – Selective Laser Melting Rapid Casting Incremental Sheet Forming Bridge Tooling SLS – Selective Laser Sintering LOM – Laminated Object Manufacturing Solid Ground Curing […]
March 3, 2015

Invention Branding

Every business has a trading name, but not every business has a brand name or a product brand. I will further explain how having a product brand in conjunction with a quality product and service will help your company in becoming more successful. The most effective type of branding is the use of a logo, symbol or even the use of a collection of colours. A brand is defined as a name or symbol that is used to identify a company or its products and sticks out from competitors, becoming memorable and widely recognized to consumers. Sticks Out from the […]
March 3, 2015

How you can Lose Your Patent

You will lose your right to a patent if you fail to pay maintenance fees to the patent office, which ultimately results in the patent expiring. For this reason, it is extremely important to keep your patent up to date and always inform the relevant patent office of your current mailing address to ensure that you continue to receive correspondence and fee information pertaining to your patent. Publication An inventor will lose the right to patent an invention if the inventor has disclosed the invention in a printed publication more than a year prior to applying for a patent. To […]
March 3, 2015

Choosing a Patent Attorney

It’s important to remember that a patent is a legal binding document that is an enforceable contract giving you the rights of a design once it has been approved. As with any contract, you need to include accurate information as this could potentially affect the validity of the patent if done incorrectly. Therefore, it is generally advised to seek professional counsel to ensure all information on the application is completed accurately. Most of the time, patent lawyers and attorneys work on a set fee whilst some may work on an hourly rate. If you choose the option of hiring an […]
March 3, 2015

Choosing the Right Business Name

A very important part of setting up a new business is to actually come up with your business name. Believe it or not, choosing a business name can be very difficult. Not only do you need to find a name that is memorable, you also need to find a name that is not already registered by another company. Your business name can have a positive or negative branding so be sure to choose wisely and don’t rush into registering a name you are not 100% happy with. As coming up with a business name can be time consuming, I have […]
March 3, 2015

7 Steps to Product Development

Developing and introducing a new product to the market can be scary, risky, demanding and can take you months, even years if not done correctly. So you have come up with a brilliant idea but have no idea how to get this to market. I have listed a few steps that will spread some light on the path you are about to follow. Don’t let it overwhelm you, in the right management hands this process can be quicker and cheaper than you think. Here are 7 steps to Product Development to ensure your success: Step 1 – Market Research Out […]
March 3, 2015

Do I Need to Create a Prototype of My Invention?

If you are serious about going further with an idea, get it designed and get a prototype made. There are many options for prototype design. You can either go through a design or prototype company, which can be a costly exercise. There are also several options that allow you to create a design and prototype yourself, which are more cost effective in the early stages of the invention process. Simply start by creating some sketches and get to work trying to create a prototype. Obviously, your sketches and prototype are going to be very rough. Regardless, it is a step […]
March 3, 2015

So you want to be an Inventor?

So, you think you have a great invention that one day might make you millions? Or maybe you’re in the process of trying to think of that great idea? Being an inventor isn’t as easy as it sounds. I like encouraging people to use their imagination to one day possibly, just possibly, come up with that one idea that will change their life. How do I become an Inventor? Being an inventor, however, is not just about sitting down and forcing your brain to come up with ideas. It also doesn’t mean that you need to compare your ideas to […]
March 3, 2015

Why Do I Need a Design for My Invention?

The answer is pretty simple, really. You need a design because you cannot progress further with just the idea in order to bring the invention to production, to life. Designs are created to illustrate how your product will function in the market. Designs also help the inventor get a better idea of how it will eventually look upon completion. On the same note, the design also opens the opportunity to analyse the product and make the necessary changes to better enhance the invention before the final steps of production. The most important part of the design is actually being able […]
March 3, 2015

Don’t Change Your Design Halfway

A designer’s worst nightmare is to work with an inventor who does not know what he or she truly wants, resulting in continual change requests that can be both minor and major. This typically means that there are an endless amount of changes in the design process, making it less worthwhile for the designer in the long run. This also means that the design process becomes a costly expenditure as you end up paying for more hours spent designing and redesigning your invention. When you employ the services of a designer, they will usually inform you of a certain number […]