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March 3, 2015

How long will the design phase take?

The length of time required to design a product is dependent on a few factors. I have had a few people come to me with ideas that are simply that, ideas or thoughts. Other times, I have had people come to me with sketches and prototypes. How far have you developed your ideas? If you do your homework and develop the idea yourself so it can later be transitioned to someone else, it will reduce the time required to design the final product. Essentially, you come up with the concept and how you feel it should look and perform. Then, […]
March 3, 2015

Do you want to do your own assembly and packing?

In the invention process, you have a multitude of choices and opportunities. It is ultimately your decision when it comes to manufacturing as you are the customer and can do as you see fit. If you choose or feel that you can do a better job in assembling and packaging your product, you have the ability to do so. Have the individual parts shipped to your location to begin the assembly process. Assembling your own product can be time consuming. Not only do you lack the resources that large scale manufacturers have; you also lack specific knowledge of manufacturing components […]
March 3, 2015

Brainstorming Hurts My Head

You want to come up with a new product but you have no idea where to start. Sound familiar? Brainstorming is the quickest and most efficient way to generate new, innovative and creative ideas. What is Brainstorming? Brainstorming is the process in which a group of individuals sit down together and share ideas on a specific issue or topic. Then, the group makes the determination of which ideas are best. With each brainstorming session, it is good practice to appoint a group facilitator whose purpose is to encourage and guide ideas as well as to document them. Ensure that the […]
March 3, 2015

Communicate with Suppliers

There are a number of ways to communicate with suppliers but this depends on where they are located. I have personally controlled a large number of projects that were all managed in different countries from start to finish. This highlights the importance of developing a Timing Plan. In this chapter, I will help you understand that companies that are far way in distance are not far away because of the technology we have at our fingertips. The preferred and internationally recognised way to conduct business and communicate with suppliers is utilizing one or all of the following: Telephone Skype (or […]
March 3, 2015

Can Someone Copy My Patent?

You spent a lot of time creating and perfecting your invention to ensure its success. As you prepare to launch full-fledged into the process, the next step is to obtain a patent to ensure the ownership of your invention. With your invention, of course, you are worried that other inventors may be able to copy it by adding their own twist to the design to copy your patent. This is why employing a patent attorney to complete and write up your patent is very important. If you lodged your own patent application, you might have missed or potentially miss a […]
March 3, 2015

Will Big Companies Steal My Idea?

So, you came up with a great idea that no one else has thought of yet. What do you do with it? There are two directions you can follow: 1. You either do all of the hard work yourself by getting the design, manufacturing, marketing and sales completed on your own. OR 2. You can approach some of the larger companies already present in the market selling similar products and try and pitch your ideas to them. Remember : No matter how great the invention, there are always inventors who fail to successfully get their products to market and, as […]
March 3, 2015

What is Patent Pending?

“Patent Pending” is an expression that basically means that that patent has been applied for, which, for all intents and purposes, should be enough to ward off potential infringement. The term “Patent Pending” is authorized to be used prior to the patent being issued; however, it is only allowed after the patent application has officially been filed. Typically, the “Patent Pending” phrase is seen on manufactured everyday goods that inform people that the inventor has filed a patent application and is waiting to see if it has been granted. Once the patent has been approved, the phrase itself will be […]
March 3, 2015

Social Networking and how it will Help Your Invention

Social networking is the term given to the interaction of individuals utilizing social websites to engage with others. The internet is full of people worldwide looking to meet new people, discuss current events and share interests such as sports, hobbies, cooking, and everything under the sun. There are hundreds of social networking websites on the market today as well as probably hundreds more steadily gaining in popularity. I have listed a few well-known social networking websites where you have the opportunity to interact with people with similar interests. These social networking websites are the ideal venues to market your ideas […]
March 3, 2015

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is also known as a confidentiality agreement which is a legal contract between you and another party preventing them from sharing your information or invention with others. To be able to share new knowledge and original work requires a lot of trust. It is essential to consider confidentiality before seeking a company to develop your ideas. What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement? A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a low cost way to protect your business. When you and another party sign a NDA it’s an agreement that allows you to openly talk about the idea or the […]
March 3, 2015

Inventors and Business Partners

Business partners often join together in business with very little paperwork and planning which tends to cause problems in the long run. Most of the time, business partnerships end in tragedy that is characterized by anger over unmet expectations and false promises, which results in the potential loss of the business and relationships. To avoid these issues, ensure that you have a professional working relationship with your business partners. Here are a few suggestions. Financial Goals Are you both working toward the same goals? Be sure to discuss where you see your product going and, more importantly, how much you […]