What is that first step in deciding what to invent ? Why do we invent ? Why do we patent an invention ? What do I really want from this investment of my time?
What is a good thing to invent?
A good thing to invent begins as an idea to improve something that does something and useful to humans, and that the field or general category that your idea falls into is something you are familuar with.
If you are performing a task for yourself or working for a company and find a way to do that task quicker, easier and less expensive than any other available current method, that would be considered as a valid invention. You need to keep in mind your experience in the field and scope that your invention falls into, the success of your invention depends on your experienced and meritable contribution to the field within the art. Usually all of these inventions come from a need to enhance an already existing method or invention efficiency, and that includes cost of manufacturing. An understanding needs to be that a good invention is usually just an improvement on another device or product that saves time and or money in manufacturing and does the same thing the prior art would perform but in your own way and better than the preceeding products available within the field of your idea.
Why do we invent?
We invent because we feel that we may have a better way to do something, or we have the desire to contribute to a trade, which is natural. You can invent because you really care and want to perform better than others in your profession or the prior art performs.
We invent to possibly get some returns for our better invention or method, but usually not at the onset of the idea. Usually the invention begins from excitement of the possibility that a product could potentially be an outcome and rewards can be collected. If a U.S. patent is issued then 20 years of rewards that a person can't imagine until they go through the invention process, the cash value of tagible exchange is less than 10% of the recognized reward of inventing a product or improved method to manufacture the idea into a product.
We look forward in time and evaluate what is going to be needed to accomplish a task, in the near future and based on what is currently your interest and needed by people today, like an observation of a trend. To invent something takes time and to complete the invention to a useable product takes even more time. From the time an idea gets into your mind to the day you get your first royalty check from a sold product is normally a couple years. The first thing a beginning inventor will do is a provisional draft for the idea and produce a prototype which usually consumes one year at average. The prototype is used daily and repairs are made on things that fail and then are improved upon, and then write the Provisional Patent.
Our example invention falls within a desire to accomplish something and not so much driven by monitary gain, although the concept is there alot like purchasing a lottery ticket in anticipation of some sort of payoff or reward for the effort and thought of the invention.
Why do we patent our inventions?
We patent an invention to gain title to the invention and it's alot like a title to a car, a deed to a house or land, and it's baseline is your intellectual property. Your intellectual property comes from within your mind and is translated into a useful product and the inventor does not want the product altered because it will not work as it would have if it had not been altered.
The first step in the patent process is intellectual property and becomes the tangible effort of the invention process and there are ways to make money on your intellectual property. Invent something and write a provisional patent and make it yourself. Agree to have it sold by someone thats an expert at doing that, and expect that if your invention happens to be the best at what your claims state it to be that others will soon copy it and then make it less expensive to purchase than yours.
Without writing a strong provisional patent for your idea or invention product you will give up the legal rights to collect monitary gain after others copy your product and make an income from it, and that is after you spend your time and money.
With todays manufacturing prices why would one logically spend thier money in the bank just to make an invention that takes a couple years to ever see the profits for, and it's a big risk. There is no legitimate company going to pay you royalties before a US patent is issued. Another way to look at not starting the patent process with a provisional patent is purchasing a car you intend to count on for a long time and its an expensive car. Would you purchase that car if no one ever could title it ? No should be the logical answer, so that's why we need to follow all of the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) rules and file a US provisional patent. There are alot of rules that you need to understand and experience in this invention process and those are what eventually forms a successful inventor.
You make ideas from experience nonetheless the construction also is completed from experience, a method also comes from experience so whatever you create from experience will become successful.
So by patenting an invention, idea, or method will give you a legal paperwork trail that documents your progress from your intellectual property and when you are issued a US Patent for your invention that has been reduced to practice you will have the legal title to that product. An inventors product that has a valid U.S. patent issued has many values other than it's tangible exchange back to the inventor and the general economy of where it is manufactured for the life or 20 years after the patent issues.
Skills aquired from the patenting process include: Communication to others, mechanical, electrical or fluid power design, writing, understanding equipment processes, finance and legal, drawing and so on. A vast experience base of infomation and observation is also gained by following through the complete invention process resulting a reduced to practice product with title for the inventor to gain rewards from the sales of the new invention product.
Your #1 asset in the invention process is Experience
The experience in your field of work necessary for you to come up with a valuable new advancement in a trade or occupation is that of an expert in the field and is usually needed to formalize a United States Patent Application. The US Provisional Patent is the first step for the inventor to get his or her product or method on the market as patent pending. Anyone can come up with a great idea and everybody has their own but in reality when you want to make a little income for yourself from your invention you need to have a working model. The more steps in the invention project that the inventor does himself or herself ends up justifying more rewards after the project is completed.
Deighta company has always had it's interests into renewable energy machines, the field or class of the art is as simple as rotating a shaft somehow and there is potential work to accomplish, and more of a simple mechanical field almost anyone could perform in. What makes the difference in making machinery and apparatus successfull in this field, is the experience at applying horsepower and amplifying it in a conventional practicle application based on foresight.
Here are 10 examples of different inventors that invented something the invention they made killed them, very interesting and anyone trying to figure out an invention needs to slow down and watch things that could harm others.
Foresight and Viewpoint :
For example; we have had experience in the mechanical industry since 1974 so we really know about mechanical things like gears, shafts, bushings and such. Almost anything can be made in machine or apparatus form from old school metal fabrication and today using the modern automated machines.
So what's praticle is a return for your investment and it's also logical so we will focus this example invention on a device that is needed today and that will serve a need for many people by giving them a choice.
Based on real time events such as fuel prices and economic structure failure, it has become evident that a change is surely underway in the world. That change indicates a reform on electrical power distribution and who will be allowed to collect the conventionally accepted electrical power? Who will be the dictator of determining just who can collect electrical potential in the future? It becomes evident that our perception and direction be well planned out for this new invention we are designing.
Electrical energy distribution will never be free and under todays current events it will simply become less reliable and more costly, (fact). The high costs of input fuel along with the inefficiency of electrical power transmission to the consumer will continue to rise in price with time to the end user, (fact).
Committment and drive to complete the invention
Committment, thats big, real big and you have to think big on this one. I can only demonstrate this one by example and the following example is to be taken as that, "an example " only, but it should example the point.
Example : Hmmm, lets see here, now I am living on a tropical island and we'll say it's Maui the tropical paradise as viewed by others and myself included. I need electricity, I don't have any, ok now what ? Well what do I need electricity for actually ? Lights, no I go to bed with the sun and rise with the sun about 6:15 AM sunrise and around 6:15 PM sunset, that happens around the equator area. Ok, lets see, a stove to cook food, wait a minute here, I have no food cause there is no electricity and I have no refridgerator either to store any food. There are avacodos the size of grapefruit here, papayas, bananas, star fruit, taro, the list goes on and on, so I go pick my fruit each day, in about ten minutes I am full, I can go into the streams and catch prawns, snorkel in the ocean and get lobsters, rock crab, any kind of fish I like within minutes, so now what ?
Now the question to answer at this point in the invention process is ; Why would I spend my time, effort or money to ever design an apparatus that is intended to generate and store electrical energy when I myself don't need it ? The answer would be feeling and believing that I was helping someone out that needed electricity.
Example Continued : You have just been visited by some thought in your mind that makes you interpret there is a mission you are on, like for example you interpret that you are actually doing good for other life forms by following your beliefs. and this one has to do with the drive energy portion of the invention process. In this particular scenario invention, lets say this visited thought was pronounced enough to get your blood pumping pretty hard and that you believed that the visited thought that we actually are created individuals based on logical viewpoint of our surroundings, and that viewed, leads you to believe a plan or reason for your being does exist. In other words "the mission" for you to feel completely satisfied you were needed by some other life form and fullfilled your mission or purpose, that allowed you the benefit of an awareness of life and it's essence and therefore your happiness.
There are two important issues in this example, one is that you have to believe beyond a shadow of doubt that what you are attempting to accomplish is your mission for the next two years. If you don't feel this way at this point that your project is your mission, you will not have the wherewithall to finish the project that completes the invention into tangible form, and after all that's why we patent an invention, for profit of some kind. You need to realize that the invention process for one product to complete usually takes one year "after" the design process begins for any particular invention. So there is a whole lot of steps to go through that will allow you to complete the project and the goal is to come up with a product that is worth an income to us for the next 20 years.
At this point in the invention process we have ; (1) thought of a product that we feel will help many others, (2) have some knowledge somewhat of the background of the invention written in text, (3) realized this project may take at least two years to complete, (4) a good understanding of why we thought of the invention and why we are devoting our time in completing the mission, and (5) written down those items in handwriting, signed and dated.
NOTE : It is vitally important to briefly write down these things in a (bound) project notebook now at this point. Every invention that is left unwritten about that you have, will clogg your ability to continue in the invention process. Things left unwritten about while inventing will restrict the flow of inventive material thought about or conceived in your mind. In example it's like a sewer pipe when you know what flows downhill until one little peice of paper stuck in the pipe usually stops others until there is no flow in the pipe. The inventive mind works that way in everyone, once the pipes are cleaned out in your mind by writing them down other information comes that progresses into the next inventive step for us. The next step is watching out for our protection of our intellectual property "our invention".
Step by Step - The Progression Leading to Accomplishment
We now understand that we have simply the concept and idea and there is no invention yet, the idea itself is worth nothing until we work throught the issues of justifycation of the invention, the committment, and then the drive energy. Once these factors are completely clarified in the inventors mind, the next step is the pre marketing evaluation, or sharing the concept with someone in a position that you respect and or that will lay the logic on the line, and usually it is the CEO of the company you have targeted that markets items within the field and scope of your invention. Friends and others that may utilyze your invention are also good advice to consider, and you had better take the viewpoint that all feedback is good and it's simply becoming aware of peoples perception of your invention to come.
NOTE : If you talk to ten of your friends about your idea and ten of them are willing to pay for it today, I would get to work now on the paperwork, in other words it would be a great idea. But it still isn't worth a dime in royalties, inventions in diverse mechanical art are three dimensional, take up space, and you can trade them for money. Remember the two criteria for a patentable invention is first is it useful to other humans and having non obvious attributes of which at this time first you need to justify "Is it useful?" and the elements can be designed with the attributes of non obvious functioning of the final product.
This evaluation has to be done now at this point in the invention process and written upon in text by you in your project notebook so you can moreover understand what you are up against to get this invention marketable and worth an income to you. Do not go into the office of a CEO at this point and act as if you have the Holy Grail for him, you will shoot yourself in the foot and end it for yourself on the spot. You go in willing and happy to share information on the concept, not the invention itself, and you allow him to tell you it's a great concept, or you may get a laugh from him, usually that's the case. Don't let anyones opinion or feedback affect your invention process at this point, and realize you have simply been given parameters of the concept.
I have a little saying that reminds me of why we invent, and means to me as an inventor that the comparisons we go through while inventing a product that occupies a three dimensional space point to the realization that we are people that are exactly made up of the same elements as everyone else considered a person, and that all other subject matter alike in it's operation down to the molecule of any matter, and therefore by experiencing these differences by comparison makes us who we are, think like an inventor and you are one, it's that simple.
You as the inventor with an idea need to verify in fact what your individual goal to invent is based upon. There are as many reasons as there are inventions. My experience with choosing and deciding what to spend my time doing has changed since my first text on my first invention around 1978 and has advanced me from getting excited when I realized an idea that saved time for someone in the work they did, this was the primary motivation for making an invention product and developed into devices that make others more comfortable in a medical need situation. There is alot of money and meritable credits to gain fro those types of inventions. So if you can make someone feel better or advance the healing of them in some way that's a winner invention in my view. Plenty of satisfaction and knowing you helped out someone in need of your invention after it becomes reality, in addition there are monitary profits available in that industy (health).
Literally the invention begins with paperwork, legal council is way less expensive at this point, than legal council after your product becomes worth money to someone in the amount that makes it less expensive to make you produce documents in a Federal Court Hearing due to claims of patent infringement. As soon as you decide what you want to invent contact legal council on a free consultation situation and disclose to your local attorney (civil) your intent to patent and ask if he will assist by being ready to draft written agreements in the event your invention makes it to market. This does not need to be a patent attorney at this point, if your actually serious about making your product into a future income you need to get a reputable attorney on your side first. The worst thing in inventing is when you develop something and then an explosion of unexpected sales orders come in and then you become aware it goes public if your paperwork has not been completed from the onset at this point.
"we are, by one like element with time and the differences change us, into the form we imagine ourselves to be"