An invention is a product in the field of diverse mechanical art and the idea of it is the easy part of the invention process. When a professional inventor is propositioned for designing a new or better product than is currently available experiences are what make that possible to be a success. The success of any one inventor is dependent on what that inventor defines as a success.
In my professional inventing experience of 33 years I have realized that all people would like the possibility to collect money from something they accomplished once and received royalties for 20 years into the future. It is very rare that a professional inventor get's independently wealthly from one product. The product development and the paperwork to support the invention will take no less than 2 years to complete and reduce to practice so the product can be manufactured and offered for sale by a company capable of doing that.
Two years of daily work and the invention process is only half completed, this takes a solid committment of the inventor and is mostly continued for personal ambitions. The first thing to understand is that inventors usually live a poor life, one that just gets them by to keep inventing and working on their projects. If you think about this logically why would a person want to invent something or improve a process of manufacture for a product that takes a minimum of 2 years to get the process started. The reasons are that the creator of the intellectual property has little money to accomplish a task and that person decides to make one tool or object for themselves. A personal gain of feeling good about doing something that could potentially result in a life that most people would dream of living, a lifestyle of creating while getting rewards back from the investment in time and money.
A focus to recover expences and to keep inventing is what I finally ended up understanding. Even when the person with the idea only wants to make something for themselves and expecting a result that actually does something it becomes a financial investment. Time is a valuable asset and to do something for fun is great but reality will always rise to the top of the charts for concerns regarding putting an object of work together and having it perform a task for more than once. It is this inventors viewpoint that emotional stimulation is the first result of an idea. Hope sets in that time can be spent working on the idea and that the idea works as anticipated after completion. The quicker the idea is completed the more out of pocket money is spent.
After many years of designing machinery and inventing new things the reality of independent inventing took me on the path of improving a process in manufaturing or the complete new design of a product. Either one of these items or improvements is a good start for someone wanting to invent independently. This takes aquired skills that required a working experience to improve the products in the field that the inventor is mostly experienced at.
Now the inventor has been stimulated emotionally to get started on the idea and make mental images of what needs to happen first in the inventing process. Hope is that time is available and then now the logic will begin to take over. It is not logical to spend time and money without the possibility of rewards to continue and support the inventors life style. Personal energy, hope and logic are the three primary feelings experienced at this time in the invention process, the fun ones. Lack of money to continue inventing will prevent accomplishment.
Rewards in the field of inventions are many, most are taken for granted until they affect the inventor and he or she realizes the benefits. It is very important to set your goal of making the project complete and reviewing factual information and writing that down in your inventors notebook.
The following text reflects on the tangible value of your anticipated product to come from your project as a whole to complete. In this example of the ManMotor project and the final intended product name Electrociser is to example a generic way to figure preliminary design parameters as well calculate your anticipated rewards after the product is completed and the patent application is filed.
Who wins in the end of a patent process is he or she who has exerted the most energy on the project, and has removed all mental barriers for accomplishment.
Winning in this first stage of inventing means that you complete your project and it becomes a product. To win is to not entertain any thoughts of not making the project complete. These critical items should be in place at this point, the concept of our example project (MANMOTOR) is completely understood in great detail within our minds as the inventor and we have made the committment of effort after the process of logical evaluation. We have the drive energy to complete the invention product due to now we really know without doubt that there will be rewards for accomplishment of the project, and we have a mission until the product from our project is working and reduced to practice.
Reduced to practice is important and is the next step after the first year into your project. Usually when someone get's an idea it takes them several weeks and possibly as long as a month or so to digest the idea and then talk about it to their friends (2months). The inventor then usually starts looking around for a product to purchace like the one he or she is intending to end up with after the project is completed, and researches the availability of the anticipated invention to be assembled (1month). Figuring out what the basic claims of their invention are going to contend and possibly what the inventor is contemplating to be an improvement in the art, scope and field of the invention anticipated by the inventor(1month). Writing text for the Provisional Patent after research and then building the invention (8months). Filing the provisional patent and operating the new invention, offering for sale the new product and marking the prototype patent pending and also any other duplicates of the original product produced by you (4months). Repair any items that fail with the invention product after using it for a few months and make the assembly process as refined in simplicity as you possibly can (5months). After the reduction to practice of your invention; which was the last step, then write the claims of your invention into a non-provisional patent or if the product shows that it is selling well and holding up as the claims state then file a US Patent Application. Use an attorney to write and file the US Patent Application. You never file for the US Patent until after you have a product with a precise formula that is working well and is affordable to manufacture. This brings the inventor into the next step which is waiting for the USPTO to grant a Patent for your new and usefull product and usually you are on your fourth year in the project before you get the US Patent issued for your idea that had been thought of and made by you.
At this point in the invention process you should write and file for a Provisional Patent in the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) office. Here is evidence of an experienced inventor that did "all" paperwork just as you are reading and the results a big: Payoff to the Inventor.
Information Needed for the Design Process
After we have spoken to several CEO's of factories that manufacture products in the line of our invention product which we have named Electrociser we then enter into the project name ManMotor (Manmotor) which is a clear systematic solution to developing the product. What one of our ceo's said to us was that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and good ideas are worth nothing" hmmm, leads me to believe as a seasoned inventor he is really liking the idea. So now we ask the question to him, what amount in cash if you had it in your front pockets, would you pull out and without further thought purchase my Electrociser today on the spot, if it actually would perform perfectly as I anticipate it to ?
The reason for this is that a ceo is based on the beliefs that profit is the bottom line, so get there as soon as you can with him or her. Our answer was $3,000.00 and they will sell as fast as we can manufacture them, now that is success for sure. Well if the retail price or going rate at what an individual would instantly pay to purchase one of your Electrocisers is $3,000.00, the store or marketer will not be to enthused to sell the item and take responsibility unless he can make $1,500.00 for themselves. Now we have established a base value of $1,500.00 that the ceo can collect from each Electrociser. Since the rule of thumb in manufacturing has been 1 to three ratio what he is going to say is that we cannot spend more than $500.00 to manufacture each Electrociser. Keep in mind that the total manufacturing costs are $500.00 per unit out the door. That includes raw materials, manufacturing labor costs, painting, boxing and a tracking crew to sell, market, and distribute the product Electrociser.
That makes it really simple, if we can't make that Electrociser for around $400.00 raw materials, we may as well simply make one for ourselves and let er go right now, that isn't going to happen, and that's why experience in this field allows a design engineer, to dig into the practicality of the design, process one.
Practicality and probabilty from a viewpoint is mostly from logical evaluation monitarily speaking. Our new product the Electrociser will be viewed now from the perspective of design. Logically from a money standpoint it seems right now to follow the manufacturing processes of current day, and how it's usually done today is to find all the items already made by someone else, that you can purchase in quantity less expensively than your own design, is the proper way to proceed. This cuts the time factor down to produce the invention, and relieves your needs to hire more people to train to assemble the art you seek to adapt to your needs for the new product Electrociser, thusly reducing expences to manufacture. Fortunately for inventors, the invention itself is made up of sometimes very common components that can be readily available, costing less than the option of self design of those readibly available components. How they are attached together and made into a new art form will become the claims themselves, which are the only items you can collect the royalties from.
We now list the subject matter that is needed for the current invention Electrociser to become successfull as a product.
Contemplated Features for our Example Product Invention
Mechanical apparatus assembled to assimulate healthy excercise for a human being, intended to produce, store and distribute conventionally understood electrical energy. Said apparatus further intended to enhance Range Of Motion for the human, and increase endurance of the human heart, that will allow people to increase body efficiency at the same time producing work that will reduce the living costs for that user of the product Electrociser while increasing human endurance.
Further, a method utilyzing proven ways that will reduce electrical demands of the user and further reduce living costs associated with inefficiency of currently available electrical appliances found in almost all homes.
NOTE : At this point if the inventor does not have the means to go to several companies and meet with the ceo's on what the concept may bring and to see if CEO is interested in signing a marketing agreement it is best to just speak with anyone you can and go shopping and review the products closest to yours in the field and prior art of your anticipated product invention to come, and look for pricing.