Suddenly you become inspired and want to be an inventor. You see this innovation in your mind but don’t know how to patent your invention. More importantly, you think you lack the skills or experience necessary to turn it into a real, tangible product that people will want to buy.
To make matters worse, you have convinced yourself that you have the next multi-million or even billion dollar idea. Hold on there for a moment and come back to reality!
There are plenty of clever people who have dreamed about having their ideas and inventions produced and sold around the world. Making money, achieving fame or just the thought of knowing people enjoy using your products are a few of the things that motivate many of us inventors.
One of the biggest concerns that most inventors have is that someone is going to steal their great idea. In most cases, that is very unlikely in the beginning. In fact, it is much more common for a product to get knocked off even if you patent your idea. That’s right, most people’s ideas aren’t copied or ripped off until after they are successful!
Turning your idea into a reality is more complicated than you think.
Is your idea really that unique or has someone already beat you to the patent filing? You’d be surprised how many ideas aren’t all that original. Even if similar patents have been filed, you may still have an idea for a tangible product. It’s up to you to decide how to proceed.
We showed you how to start sketching your invention ideas
You can you do the majority of this work yourself without calling for professional help. Many of these so called invention help experts will just take your money and feed off of your dreams. There are plenty of resources online including sample patents that can guide you through the process. Keep in mind that obtaining a patent is a complex and frustrating process that takes experience to navigate all the paperwork.
There are a number of people that have filed for patents and brought invention ideas to market without the help of any patent attorneys or others that specialize in this field. You may think it is sensible to spend thousands of dollars or more for their services but keep in mind that the money may be better spent on building your prototype or manufacturing your product to bring it to market immediately.
The hard truth about patents and your ideas
Ok so I can be a bit rough on you guys but I am trying to navigate all the scams out there and want you to be successful as an inventor.
That being said, there are many honest lawyers and business people out there that you can benefit from. You should always seek multiple opinions and the help from professionals. A little money spent up front can save you losses in the future.
An experienced patent agent can be useful and valuable during the invention process but remember that once you get a patent approved, there is still no guarantee that other’s won’t just copy your idea knowing that it will cost a fortune just to fight the infringement case in court. Besides that, if the person was smart like most product designers are, the probable made enough changes to ensure that their idea was original too. After all, your patent may not protect you as much as you think. Sure you can contact an attorney who specializes in intellectual property development or a patent agent but that costs money and time. Why not just use Google’s patent search to see what similar ideas have already been patented.
It is advisable that any inventor stay away from those invention help companies and embrace the fact that the true way to success is by going it alone. Join me, as I show you how to become a successful inventor by: