When you think of an inventor, what comes to mind? Thomas Edison tinkering with lightbulbs in his basement? While inventors often work in isolation when developing inventions, help is readily available throughout an inventor's journey. From drafting a patent application to developing an invention prototype, you do not need to work alone.
Who Needs Inventions Help?
Obviously, inventors are the most likely candidates for help with their inventions. After all, they invent; therefore, many inventors will want to take their ideas from their basement workshops to store shelves across the nation or around the world. Other candidates in need of help include companies that develop products and entrepreneurs and investors who have purchased or invested in companies that have innovative but unprotected products and ideas.
Who Offers Inventions Help?
Patent and intellectual property attorneys, consultants, and product design firms offer inventions help to inventors, companies, investors, and entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas that they want to develop and protect.
Types of Inventions Help
Inventors need inventions help at varying levels. Where some inventors will want full-service and step-by-step guidance, others may need inventions help only at the patent search and application stage. Others may have already been granted a patent for their inventions and need help developing an invention prototype.
In general, the following types of inventions help is available:
- Patent search - Patent searches are important to ensure that the invention truly is novel and has not been patented previously. If you've invented a better lightbulb, for example, you may want to run a patent search to make sure that your idea hasn't already been patented. Patent searches can also help you make a more informed decision about your idea's potential and viability.
- Patent application - Applying for a patent requires a great deal of care and attention to detail. Ideally, you will have a patent professional draft the application.
- Product design and testing - Inventors take great pride in their creations and may feel that involving a product designer infringes upon their creativity or means giving up control over the product. Put these feelings aside and find a product designer to help you design a better, more marketable product. Not only is design important, you should also conduct extensive testing.
- Invention prototype help - Your homemade models may get the idea across, but at some point, you'll need a professional invention prototype - especially if you want to sell your idea to investors. Most product designers are also able to help you develop and manufacture a working prototype.
- Invention presentation development - In a perfect world, you'd be able to manufacture your new product and sell it by the masses. Alas, it doesn't usually work that way. You'll first need to meet with corporate buyers and convince them to put your products on their shelves.
Inventions help is readily available for inventors at various stages of the invention process. Though your idea is yours, and yours alone, it often takes a group effort to make it become a reality - and a commercial success.
The author of this article, Patrick Dawson, is an inventions help expert. He has helped a number of clients to create and design their invention prototype from Innovate Product Design. Feel free to connect with him over at Google+.