Any person that has a creative mind will find new ways of accomplishing something that is already being performed by other individuals. At the time of a thought for a new process or idea, a creative mind will have an idea within a few moments and then if that idea is not noted in the notebook 1, the thought will be gone from the mind as soon as a short time passes. Creative people think of ideas every minute of the day for a short period in time during the time span of a year and to example myself my mind seems to create new ideas between September to February each year. The pocket notebook #1 or primary notebook will only contain the ideas named and dated.
The firm deciding of what to invent comes after making notes in the inventors notebook 1 and evaluating the practicality of the ideas in another notebook (notebook 2) and dedicated for evaluating practicality of the new though. The below text is to example a method to help with your choice on what to invent and how to accomplish your goal for rewards or royalties from your work and intellectual property.
The first pocket notebook to have is a bound and glued notebook i.e. a notebook that if the page is torn out you can easily tell by looking at the remains from the page tearing apart from the others and notebooks with removeable pages should not be used. There is two notebooks for an inventor, notebook 1 is where the ideas are named, and a short sentence describing what it is. These entries must be dated and signed as each idea that is written down allows others to come into mind.
EXAMPLE page notebook 1:
1) 11/04/15 - Fishing Lure (FL) - Design for Ahi - straight swimming bullet like -
Idea tracking # FL11045A.
2) 11/05/15 - Trash Compactor (TC) - Compact trash and bag together & seals with
recycleables - portable - Idea tracking # TC11055A.
3) 11/08/15 - Hydrogen Generator (HG) - Hydrogen and electrical energy generator -
powered by a human being or animal - Idea tracking # HG11085B.
So the notebook 1 is simply a compilation of the inventors ideas as they were thought of for that year and is a notebook that can be easily carried in a front pocket for easy access. A creative person has many good ideas and the importance is to write those down and associate a tracking number that has meaning to you the inventor as those ideas are thought of in real time. As the inventor compiles this notebook 2, it can then be reviewed and the ideas can be logically evaluated as to what the inventor decides this years project will be about. When your inventing full time as a job you must develop on paper at least one product each year so the text below is an example of Inventors notebook 2 and assists the inventor to logically evaluate the ideas from notebook 1, and focus on inventive performance.
Logic of the inventor dictates a means for performance, a shop, some equipment to build on the idea, possible sales and the ability for the anticipated end result of the project to assist others. The Hydrogen Generator HG11085B I named a Man Motor after the logical evaluation of the other ideas and decided to example the kinds of factual assumptions an inventor is interested in that could possibly net a good income for 20 years into the future for the people that become involved with the manufacturing and sales of the product from the idea.
The Man Motor example below was written on after evaluation of the notebook 1 and clearly shows the date the idea was factually written on. The notebook 1 example shows 2015 but the tracking # verifies 2009 as the year.
(a) Why are we inventing this ? (Manmotor)
A friend lives out on a tropical island in a geographically remote location with no electricity. Electricity is important for conventionally freezing food, heating the food, and seeing at night. On the island everyone would like to produce electricity for themselves. I am a mechanic and have experience in making machines that do work. I have a shop to make a new invention in and the tools to do it with. It seems mechanically logical to make something that would allow an individual electrical freedom and to produce it themselves with a little effort. I have the skills to draw detailed drawings and the ability to write out the text for the provisional patent. I have the desire to invent something that I feel will allow people to have a choice to generate the electricity they need on an individual basis and I see a potentially profitable future if I can make one that actually does something like cook an egg by human input energy for the right price.
(b)Am I going to get any rewards back for my investment in time ?
How much cash would someone pay out of their pockets on the spot for the completed product that could cook that egg from the result of the man powwered hydrogen generator? Providing you have an egg to cook, I wouldn't mind putting forth a little effort to cook it as long as it didn't take more energy to cook than I get out of the calories after I eat it. If I had an option that wouldn't be worth that much, without an option it may be worth quite a bit. How many individuals are going to buy one of these egg cookers ?
(c)Research the Market
Find out how many companies are selling egg cookers, competition is really good for business unless you have the underdog product egg cooker. An independent inventor needs to seek out egg cooker companies and speak to someone regarding the possibility of selling an egg cooker powered by a human being. It helps if that someone is manufacturing egg cookers.
(d)Paperwork, Provisional Patent
This will make it possible to get a patent pending status for $110.00 and depending if you follow this detailed invention outline. The less paperwork you do is the more time communicating with an attorney.
I had recieved the name of a patent attorney located in Oregon by his son visiting the island of Maui. I e-mailed him and told him I had a new invention to file for a provisional patent on,he e-mailed me back and stated he would be glad to file a provisional for me. Well my past experiences with patent attorneys is that the ones I am used to dealing with always would file the provisional for the filing fees and then agree to write the patent application when the product has been reduced to practice. The reduction of practice takes as long as you spend on the design and further changes, however the point at which to file the patent aplication is after the product functions as a product for at least three to six months and when the device fails and they all do then a change comes to play. You don't file a patent application unless your product has performed as intended, and even if everything goes well for a little while of usage then expect something to go haywire causing you to re adjust or re think an element of inventive subject matter. If this phase is not performed even if you get a US patent issued from your efforts it is less likely that your product will have a long life cycle.
The point is that we can file a US Provisional Patent ourselves for $110.00 as individuals, but the attorney wants a thousand or more just to file for the provisional and that is not acceptable to me. I have all the paperwork made out as good as anyone could write it. Why would we spend that kind of money at this step in the invention process for the future filing for the US Patent ?
There is no way I will ever spend a thousand bucks for filing a provisional patent, that's insane. If there are any attorneys out there now reading this text and feel they need one K for filing an inventors provisional that provides a provisional as read upon in the following pages of the Provisional draft for the ManMotor, I would like to know as to how they justify that. It takes a hundred and ten bucks to file, now the only way it would cost that much is if you as the inventor fail to realize that their time is spent talking to you about your invention and what you need to do for them to write your provisional draft, instead of the attorney just filing it for you. So if and when a patent is issued to you for your invention you can claim the earlier filing date for your product.
INVENTORS SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS-learned facts pertaining to this step.
If you are inventing something and someone likes or wants it bad enough to steal it, it's worth inventing. The Holy Grail stage in the invention process is when someone wants your product and it hasn't been built yet. At this stage your idea becomes worth a work shop or area , tools that will assist you in completing the product of your invention, some assistants, a house to live in, a vehicle to drive, food to eat and more possibly. That can be maintained until the product works, you had better have kept good notes to date or you lose your time and effort and the ceo usually tries to get rid of you so everyone will believe you are bad now and that he really saved the project, get it in your brain that your product if worth money "will be taken from you ", "by someone who can", "unless you retain a reputable patent attorney now at this point" and disclose your invention to him or her and simplify it to less than five minutes. Provide the attorney with the draft for the provisional patent you have written and ask him or her to file it for you.
Do not be fooled by deception when interested people that are interested in your invention at the Holy Grail stage approach you with offers of anything you need to proceed into the product prototype step in the invention process. What happens is that when someone or some company is interested at this stage they are willing to do "whatever it takes" to get the product outcome if they see potential dollars in it for themselves. This is the time to make fair and logical agreements and hence " a meeting of the minds " takes place which is critical to any type of agreement being verbal or written.
In the absence of a written agreement as to whom is entitled to the marketing or manufacturing rights and or profits to come after the United States patent issues on your invention, "all rights are the inventors" to whom the patent issues to.