It has probably happened to you several times over the course of your life, you have had that moment where you found yourself looking for a way to fix a problem or make a task easier and your creativity and past experiences combined giving you an idea for a new product that you have never seen in the store, on TV or on the internet.
Humans are inventors by their very nature, but to take those thoughts and convert them into something that will improve the quality of life for yourself and others is not as natural and this is where inventors succeed or fail.
Unfortunately, having a great idea just isn’t enough. Getting your invention prototyped, built, manufacturable and to market is a very tricky proposition. The journey is different for everyone, but there are some ways to limit your risk and save time and money by following a basic process. Here are a few tips to get you started and for more information you can refer to https://www.macobserver.com/tips-on-getting-your-tech-invention-off-the-ground/ article.
Be honest with yourself, do you really want to create a new product? do you have the time and resources that it will require to stick it out when things do not go as planned? are you passionate about your invention enough to spend sleepless nights trying to figure out fixes to problems with the initial idea or finances? Are you prepared to step out of your comfort zone and take on new responsibilities that are stressful and unfamiliar such as marketing, public speaking and interviews?
Before spending money or tons of time on your idea, do an in depth search for products or ideas that may be similar to yours. This helps in two ways, on one hand you may find products that are patented but are not on the market that could cause problems for you, on the other hand, you could get inspired by features and functions of other products available that could benefit your product.
If you have the tools and know how available, build your first prototype out of whatever you have at your disposal. The objective here is to see if you can get some very basic design and functionality ideas worked out.
If you are an inventor / entrepreneur / startup getting ready to build your first product prototype, perhaps it’s time to check around and see if someone may have already patented a similar idea. This doesn’t mean it’s the end of the game for you if they have, but it may mean that it’s time to kick the innovation up a notch as you can read from https://knowtechie.com/5-new-breakthrough-tech-inventions/.
There are a number of resources available to you that will allow you to get started on a patent search to find similar ideas before you step into your IP attorney’s office. Doing this work upfront yourself can help your legal team understand your product idea better and make them more efficient at doing a professional level patent search.