Tips to Turn Your Idea into an Actual Product
You have come up with the perfect idea, finally an invention worthwhile. But how do you take it a step further and turn your invention into an actual product on the market?
Of course, the most important thing is to protect your idea! It doesn’t matter if you plan on marketing the product yourself or plan on licensing it out to a company – you need a patent! This can be a daunting task, but an attorney can help you, just make sure you are working with an attorney that is well-versed in Scottsdale patent law.
Document, Document, Document!
Before you do anything, document your idea! You MUST provide proof that you created your invention. And this is the first step. In a journal, jot down what your invention is, how it works, and how to make it to the market. This will protect you from your idea being stolen.
Be detailed about your invention and get a witness to sign it and of course, always keep it in a safe place.
You probably have heard about The Poor’s Man Patent. This is where you mail a copy of your documentation to yourself in a sealed envelope. While this might seem like a good idea, it will most likely not hold up in court.
Do Your Research
It is in your best interest to work with a patent attorney during your research process. You will need to conduct a complete patent search and to make sure it is done right and you’ll want to use an attorney to do this.
This is done so that you are sure that your invention is in fact new.
Next, take a look at that market. Is your product even profitable? Will people buy your product? It is worth the time and effort? You must do a thorough research of the market.
Make a Prototype
Before you actually file a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, you need to make a prototype of your invention.
This is a model of your invention, transforming your idea into an actual thing.
Start by drawing out your idea, then make a 3-D model. A full working model will give you the chance to work out any kinks before filing for a patent.
Time to File
Now, it is time to file! You will either file for a utility patent or design patent.
A utility patent is a new process or machine. A design patent is a new and non-obvious design.
Since the patent application is extensive, you want to also do this with an attorney. Plus, having an attorney on your side will help avoid any legal issues down the road.
Look for an attorney that is registered with the USPTO and make sure they have experience with patents.
After you receive your patent, the final step is to bring your idea to the market! Supply a patented product to your consumers through a well-planned marketing strategy.
Remember, all of this will take time. So make a plan, stick to it, and be patient!