We have written all these topics to help you further understand the Invention Process and what you can do to reduce mistake and keep costs low.

February 23, 2012

Do you qualify for a patent?

Here are steps to check to see if you qualify for a patent. Your idea / invention is not one of the following – a law of nature, physical phenomena or abstract. Your idea / invention is not one of the following – literary, musical, dramatic or artwork. These are possible to be copyrighted not patented. Is you idea / invention useful? Does your idea / invention cause offense to anyone else. Is your idea / invention novel? This means no one else has come up with the invention before you did. Is there a patent pending for you idea / invention? Is […]
May 27, 2012

Reverse Engineering another product

Reverse Engineering is basically taking a product that already exists and copying the design or analysing how it works. The reason why people reverse engineer things is to figure out how a product was made to help construct a new device but without directly copying anything from the original. To copy a part exactly could very likely infringe on some existing patents the design may have, but changing if totally or improving on the design is usually the objective. Generally speaking most designs out there are very similar, lets think about a printer for instance. The printer feeds paper in one side through rollers, ink is […]
May 27, 2012

How long will the design phase take?

The length of time it takes to design a product always depends on a few factors. I have had people come to me with ideas that are just thoughts in their head while other times I have had people come to me with sketches and even prototypes. How far have you developed your ideas? If you do your homework and try to develop the idea yourself so it can be handed over to someone else will reduce the time it takes to design the final product. Basically you have come up with a concept on how you part will look […]
May 27, 2012

What are the design stages for a new product

When a designer first starts a new project, he needs to be totally aware of what the final outcome needs to look like. For the designer to be able to visualise the final design he needs to get as much information from you as possible. You need to be aware of the design stages so you can understand the steps to completing your design. What information does the designer need: What material do you want to use? How much detail do you want? Strength requirements of the part or assembly? What is you cost target to purchase the parts? How many parts are you […]
May 27, 2012

Which material to use to make my Product?

Any designer needs to understand what material a product or part will be made of to ensure they can accurately design it. Why is this important during the design phase? I suggest you sit down with the designer in the first meeting you have and discuss what type of application the part is going to be used for.  They should be able to tell you if the part will be strong enough in your chosen material. If the designer has some doubts then they can decide to do some FEA simulations to test the parts strength or simply change material […]
May 27, 2012

Don’t change your design halfway

A designers worse nightmare is to work with an inventor who doesn’t know what they want. This typically means endless amount of changes and doesn’t make it worth while for the designer in the long run. Typically when you employ the services of a designer they will inform you of a certain number of times that you can change your design. During the stages of design there are points where you can still make slight changes but past these points may result in a whole new redesign. The importance of a kick off meeting is to eliminate the chances of […]
May 27, 2012

Why should you prototype?

Getting a prototype of your invention is the best way to test it for form and function. You can physically hold the product in your hands and even use it for marketing purposes. It is a good reason to get a prototype done after the design stage to make sure it works how you want it too. It’s also the best chance to make sure all the parts fit together as they would in the final product. Too many people have made the mistake and gone to the manufacturing stage without getting a prototype made. This can be very costly […]
May 29, 2012

What can you patent?

To be able to patent something your idea needs to be new (novel), involve an inventive step and be non obvious. Certain countries have exclusions on things being patented such as nuclear bombs. In general a patent will be granted for an invention as long as it is: New or Novel Involves an inventive step Is capable of Industrial / useful application 1. New or “novel” The invention must not have been made in public in any way, anywhere or before the date on which the application for a patent is filed. 2. Involves an inventive step This step must not […]
June 8, 2012

Don’t rush your invention

Ensuring your invention is going to be the best you can possibly make, means you need to take your time and don’t rush. A forced invention is more likely going to be a failure as it most likely won’t consider all aspects of the market. Presumably you have a full time job and a life, so treat your new idea as a hobby to start with. Don’t even consider quitting your job based on your assumption that you will make millions instantly. Your idea might make millions, but it will almost certainly take a minimum of 6 months until you […]