Ask The Inventress: How to Turn Your Idea Into an Invention
Here are some tips to help you develop your idea into a tangible invention
Every day, I am asked various questions about how to get started in the world of inventing. Here are a few of the questions I’m most commonly asked, along with answers.
Question: I have a great idea / invention in my head, but I don’t know how to get started with it. What do I do?
The first thing that you need to do is buy yourself a notebook just for your ideas, because you will have many, if you don’t already. You may want to label it My Book of Inventions.
I also recommend that you write down as much information about your product as possible, so that the description of your product is clear and concise. When I say clear, I mean be very specific about how it work and what it’s made of, including the shape, size, color, and materials used. The reason for this is because you will need specific information, in order to get a drawing or sketch of your product. You will need drawings of your product to build a prototype or sample.
Question: How do I know my invention will sell in stores?
It’s important to know who your customers are. Who would buy your product? Are you your only customer?
It is always good to get a focus group together, so that you can get a few opinions. Please note, when you select your focus group, they must all sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
Question: Do I need a patent for my idea?
Before you spend money on a patent, you must do your due diligence, when it comes to researching the market. Do some research on your own to see if there is already a product similar to yours already in existence. I’m not suggesting that you stop the process, I’m suggesting you proceed with caution. Keep in mind that there are many products on the market that are similar, but you do want to make sure yours is different from what currently exists. You don’t want to infringe upon anyone else’s idea or patent. Please note, a patent search is necessary, before proceeding with the patent process.
Also, it’s important for you to know that, when you patent a product, if there are any changes to the original patent design, you will incur new costs. I recommend that you always use a patent attorney, when executing a patent or patent search.