When you get a great idea that you think is destined to change the world, you will want to protect it with a patent. The first step is to find out if your idea is already patented by someone else. If it isn’t, you are free to apply for a patent that will give you the exclusive right to your idea and shield you from intellectual property theft.
Keep in mind that while few ideas are totally original, you have to find out if your idea is different enough from other products already on the market to warrant a patent. You can start the process by conducting a preliminary patent search on your own. When you finish, it is a good idea to hire a professional patent agent or attorney to conduct an in-depth patent search before you make an investment in time and money. Learn more about how to perform a patent search by clicking here.
- First, you’ll need to come up with an idea and determine whether or not it solves a big enough problem and what your window of opportunity could be.
- Next, you’ll need to research your idea to confirm it hasn’t been done before or how much of a difference it is compared to what’s already being sold.
- Once you’ve finished your preliminary research, find out who your competitors will be if you take your product to market.
- After you perform your initial research and patent search, consider filing for a patent to protect your product to have a unique invention idea advantage in the marketplace.
- You’ll need to name your invention and create a website for it and think about distribution channels. These 5 steps are just the beginning of turning your idea into a product.
How Much Does a Patent Cost?
Answer: Filing fees are available on the US Patent and Trademark Office website. In addition to these fees, you may hire an intellectual property attorney or agent which may charge by the hour or filing. Some inventors may choose to file on their own and need to follow strict guidelines to be accepted. See US Patent and Trademark Office Fee Schedule and additional resources available:
National Inventor Club News
We had a 2-night special NIC Member Virtual Showcase. NIC Members presented their products, prototypes, and services during our December meeting. December 15th – NIC Inventor Showcase – our premium INVENTOR MEMBERS presented their prototypes or products. December 16th – NIC Inventor Showcase – our premium SERVICE PROVIDER members presented their services. They introduced their company and what services they offer to the investor community!
We also heard from the US Patent and Trademark Office, Small Business Development Center, a division of the SBA and had great participation from our members from our live streaming on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter!
To watch the 2-night special NIC Member Virtual Showcase visit the links below.
The Got Invention Show features 30-minute interviews where an inventor promotes an invention, seeks a licensing deal, or looks for distribution opportunities. Host Brian Fried focuses on his guest’s challenges and solutions. He asks about their journey, where they are right now, and what will come next. He invites guests to offer words of wisdom to viewers and listeners.
Brian recently interviewed Shawn Moye the President of The Moye Group and the creator of the E-Sports Trainer. He created a digital interactive device worn on the arm to help develop muscle memory when playing a sport by measuring and tracking real-time performance. What sets this product apart is the Chip On Board technology that allows this training aid to talk to you in 7 different languages correcting you in real-time: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Italian and Russian. Shawn grew up in Ohio and relocated to Arizona after high school and now lives in North Carolina. He has a master’s degree in Project Management and Business Administration. You can also see Shawn as a contestant on USA’s America’s Biggest Deal Season 1 Episode 9 Check out his website: https://www.e-sportstrainer.com/
Click the link to watch the interview https://gotinventionshow.com/aiovg_videos/inventor-shawn-moye-e-sports-trainer/
If you’d like to be a guest on the Got Invention Show to promote your invention and share you journey, please visit gotinventionshow.com
Interviews are seen on RokuTV, Amazon Fire, YouTube TV and can be heard on Google and Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Amazon Music!
From the Inventor Community
Through my years of various careers, I can honestly say there is nothing comparable to the emotional attachment you will have with your invention/brand/company, etc. Not everyone you cross paths with will share that same exciting feeling about your creation. Oftentimes, you will need to preserver when you get knocked down, push forward, and close your ears to naysayers. It’s logical that only you can feel the enthusiasm that your product deserves. Put yourself out there and speak with anyone willing to listen. Network and continue to build connections with like-minded people. It’s not a one-way street, it’s a give and takes. Volunteer, be active in clubs and associations, mentor those as you may have been mentored. It’s a journey that continually evolves with you as the leader. As inventors, we are blessed to have the determination to make our beliefs become a reality
News from the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
The IP Awareness Assessment, developed under the joint efforts of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), allows you to assess your intellectual property awareness.
Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool includes the below five general categories:
IP Strategies & Best Practices
International IP Rights
IP Asset Tracking
Licensing Technology to Others
Using Technology of Others
There are five additional categories that all can take or, which may be customized through a Pre-assessment. These five categories include:
For more information and to test your Intellectual Property follow the link here from USPTO: https://ipassessment.uspto.gov
About Brian Fried
Brian Fried, serial inventor, is an award-winning authority in the invention industry, a sought-after celebrity guest speaker and an advocate for the invention community. As Chief Invention Officer of Inventor Smart and Expert Inventor Coach, Brian represents inventors at every stage of the invention process, project managing new up-and-coming inventions from idea to manufacturing or as an invention licensing agent to secure deals with major brands and earn royalties for inventors.
Brian is the founder of the National Inventor Club where guest speakers focus on topics of interest to the inventor community.
He is a 2x author and his 3rd book is expected to be published in March 2022. He also hosts Got Invention Show and Radio where you can watch on RokuTV, Amazon Fire, YouTube TV, and you can hear his podcasts on Spotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music Google and Apple Podcasts. Brian recently launched a new merch line with various designs for inventors, InventorMart.com
You can visit Brian’s personal website at BrianFried.com
Inventor MasterClass is now available! If you want to evaluate your invention, find out if licensing or manufacturing is the right decision for you, sign up for an eLearning course at InventorClass.com. National Inventor Club Members receive a discount. For inventor resources, more information and additional tips visit Inventor Smart
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