What should an inventor keep in mind when starting out?

•Track the time and resources you’re investing in your product, and keep them separate from personal finances.
•Consult with a patent attorney or professional search firm to make sure your idea can be patented, and to keep the process on the right track.
•Be alert to your costs and market forces, and how they may change in the future.
•Present a clear, concise pitch to potential partners that shows the unique value your invention.