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We have written all these topics to help you further understand the Invention Process and what you can do to reduce mistake and keep costs low.

December 25, 2014

How will the designer design my invention?

The designer will typically use one of a selection of thousands of different types of software on the market today to create your product. Each software typically perform the same actions but in general software is chosen dependent on the industry the designer is trained in. There are 3 levels of software to choose from, the high end, the mid end and the low end and they are priced accordingly from $500 to $20,000 for each license. The reason for the different software and price levels is to do with the functions offered by each software. High end industries such […]
December 25, 2014

Protect your invention ideas without a patent

You might be thinking, “How do I make my idea a reality without sharing it with others?” At some point, you will need to share your ideas with designers, manufacturers, distributors and marketing experts. The most common way of protecting your idea is, of course, to obtain a patent. This process, however, can be costly, not to mention time consuming as they can potentially take years to be approved. There are other cost effective strategies that you can use to protect your idea from being stolen. Agreements There are a few legal tools to help protect your idea. These tools […]
July 9, 2014

Patent Pros and Cons

Below are some pro’s and con’s regarding getting a patent for your product: Pros Prevent others from using your design Competitor restrictions on Designs Ability to earn money from licenses or sales Patent gives your product credibility Cons Involved costs Potential legal issues
July 9, 2014

Choosing a Patent Attorney

Its important to remember a Patent is a legal binding document that is an enforceable contract giving you the rights of a design once the patent 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. I need to point out that most of the time patent lawyers/attorneys work on a set fee whilst some may work on a hourly rate. If you choose to go for the hourly rate option, be aware this potentially cost more in the long run. Costs involved Check […]
June 13, 2014

Patent, Trademark or Copyright?

This is a common question that inventors will ask. Patent, Trademark or Copyright? The three categories below are known as Intellectual Property. Patent Trademark Copyright Patent This is the method that protects inventions and improvement to existing inventions which consist of Utility, Design or Plant Patents. Things can be patented which “have a purpose”. Trademark Trademarks are applied to words, names, devices, symbols and images that represent goods, services or products. Copyright Copyright is applied to the expression of ideas in literary, artistic and musical work. For example you can copyright items written in a website or book. You can […]
December 16, 2013

Protect your invention ideas without a patent

You might be thinking, how do I make my idea a reality without sharing it with others. At some point you will need to share your ideas with designers, manufacturers, distributors and marketing experts. The most common way of protecting your idea is of course to get a patent. This process can however be costly, and patents can potentially take years to be approved. There are however, other cost effective strategies you can use to protect your idea from being stolen.
June 30, 2013

Australian Inventors

Invention Steps helps Australian Inventors by taking their ideas and turning them into products. Ask us how we can help  you with our professional services. So you live in Australia and have no idea what to do with an idea that you have had knocking around for a while. Why not try and investigate how to progress with taking the idea and turning it into a product you can sell. Typically if you have no idea what to do it can be a hard and time consuming process, but after reading this blog you will get more of an understanding […]
August 10, 2012

Fitting in with consumers behaviour

A common problem with inventors is that they think everyone will want their product. This is not often true. Inventors are so taken back by their inventions that they fail to look at the bigger picture. Does the invention fit with consumers behaviour? Thinking everyone will buy your product is a big mistake that inventors make. Inventors need to take into account what is currently in the market and how yours fits in not how your product can change the consumers behaviour. Trying to change consumers behaviour is risky and more often than not your product will fail. If your product […]
August 2, 2012

Improving Product Quality

The maintaining or improvement of your product quality is up to you and the directions you give to your suppliers. Allowing your suppliers to supply without checking the product quality is a very costly mistake. You need to direct the manufacturers to a point that no rejects can get through the system. The reason why it is up to you is because this is a added step to the process and the manufacturers don’t want to add extra cost for themselves. The are two approaches to take when selecting a supplier. One is the low cost and the other as you probably guessed is the quality […]
July 13, 2012

QR Code and why you need one

QR Code stands for Quick Response Code and was commonly used in Japan. We are starting to see more and more QR codes on websites, new products, billboards and other advertising but what exactly are they and how can they help you. Basically you need a application on your mobile phone which is free and once you have it you can take a photo of a QR Code and this will tell you more about the product, perhaps a location, a price and even a website. It saves you the time to search on the internet and gives you the information when […]