Inventors Info

A few things we recommend you do before contacting us

  1. Create a description of Operation of the invention
  2. Build a Proof of Concept model/Working Prototype (not always required)
  3. Complete a patent search. This will take 40 hours or more for a person without experience conducting a patent search. Costs to hire an attorney would be between $250-$1500. In the event, you hire an attorney to conduct a patent search, we suggest that you use an attorney located near the USPTO who has experience as a patent examiner. When hiring someone to conduct a search for you:
    • Have them sign a confidentiality agreement
    • Require them to share the patent numbers of all prior art found
    • Require them to list the categories they searched
    • Ask what the additional cost would be for a palatability opinion with suggested claim content
  4. Outline who the customer is for your invention:
    • Where do they live?
    • How old are they?
    • What is their annual income?
    • What training will they need?
    • How much will they be willing to pay?
    • Where will they expect to buy your product?
  5. Identify any competing products if there are any.
  6. How does your invention fulfill the needs of your customer better compared to competing products?
  7. Understand why you are seeking product development services:
    • Making a proof of concept manual
    • Making several prototypes for?
  8. Create an outline of your development objectives.
    • What will prototypes be used for? (testing, marketing, etc.)
    • How many prototypes will you need?
    • What will the start up production quantity be?
  9. Complete a business plan with detailed budgets for development, prototyping, testing and market surveys. Your business plan also should describe how your product would be marketed.
  10. Complete a market analysis (at least a preliminary survey)
  11. Identify the price point for your product. How much can you expect people to pay for your product?
  12. Determine 1st and 2nd year sales projections based on your market analysis.
  13. Detail a Design Specification. This will organize the details of your invention and should be an attachment to your business plan.
  14. Have your Non-disclosure Agreement ready for us to sign.

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