Making the wheels spin in the invention process is as important as the wheels spinning on a racing motorcycle. Below is a picture of my racing days around 1979 or 1980, I have spent many years racing motorcycles on and off the track. The importance of the smallest of singular items making up the bike is paramount. The bike costs thousands of dollars, your life is on the line and one small pin clip , nut or clamp falling off could cost you your life when the actual cost of the part was less than one dollar. Every piece on a fine racing machine is critical to support winning and staying alive. You must consider the same when developing your idea into a product of manufacture.
An attitude that is becoming of a professional is of utmost importance in order to get your idea promoted and later the anticipated product onto market. That does not mean you have to hire someone to do the preliminary footwork for the pre marketing evaluation. It is best that you the inventor go and meet the CEO's that manufacture products in your line of invention. Narrow down ten manufacturers that make products like the one you anticipate to end up with after your invention project is completed. Prepare yourself for a 60 second speach about your anticipated product and what you anticipate your product to do.
Over and over you must repeat the words until you know them without even thinking ; time it 60 seconds flat. I will give you an example using our example invention. Our idea is for human beings to use their weight and energy to create electricity and hydrogen gas for cooking. If there is a time when nothing works we can count on Human Beings such as ourselves to create electricity and hydrogen gas. We may never need this type of machinery but it allows others a choice to make and use their own energy and their efforts to create heating fuel for themselves and on an individual basis of need. The method is simple and sound, and as long as a human is around they can produce heating and cooking fuel as well as light. People have an extra power supply for their computers in case the electricity goes out so why don't people have the opportunity to purchase one for their ice box?
The invention we want to end up with has to do with a type of motor that is powered by a human being, it simply replaces a gas engine by eliminating metal parts associated with fuel burning engines. The pistons and connecting rods are replaced by human beings. The end goal would be an invention that would allow people to increase their body efficiency producing work that reduces their living costs.
An honest humble attitude of wanting to share information with others is necessary, and don't worry about the exact dynamics of how the device should work, that is not evident at this stage of the invention process. You will most likely get appointments for a very short time with a CEO but if you present it fast and to the point the next step is your product having a chance to become successful.
The example 60 second meeting should read like this; I have an idea for a gismo called that generates conventional electricity which can be stored and used later on, it also produces hydrogen gas for cooking and heating fuel. The power supply is a human being and instead of a continuous load on the person powering the device ; it is an intermittent load making it pleasurable and the person is burning calories while using the Electrociser.
I need someone to manufacture these and there is no prototype, if the gismo does what I claim now and works perfectly will you make my product and pay me a royalty if there is money to be made?
In this meeting there is nothing more to discuss ; both parties need to digest information and never put the CEO on alert. This means don't be a pain by contacting them over and over. If the CEO sees a product with potential and your not a fruit loop in front of him or her then you "will" be contacted. if a CEO doesn't contact you back then just go on there is no need to continue calling or e-mailing them, just go on to the next CEO.
Atthis point don't get protective or paranoid someone is going to take your idea, it's the tangible product you invent and the claims are what makes it valuable. At this point there is no invention, it is to your benefit to speak with people that can assist in making your invention your income for years to come, don't get dumb. Most inventions that are worth anything took several people to make it happen, like machinests, marketing agents, patent attorneys, art draftsmen, detailing agents that make sure all specs are correct before you lose valuable time and money from mistakes. Friends are also helpful they see things in another perspective, so if you think of distrust at this point slow down, it's not the dishonesty of someone taking your invention, it's deception on the way to success that's going to trip you up. Slow down and caution, you are your own worst enemy with the attitude of distrust in others, it's not difficult to spot a distrustfull person and it's up to you to protect yourself from those individuals.
Protecting Yourself and Your Idea
It is really important to feel protected as an inventor of a newly improved product; when it becomes valuable is when you need the protection and were just not quite there yet.
It seems the best way to protect yourself from many is to be surrounded by many that can watch your backside, and in this case scenario we are still lacking anything to protect. To accomplish a sense of value there must first be time spent to merit such, and how we go about this is to now name the project that will allow a specific invention to be named.
Example : Our project name is Manmotor, one word and simple to the point, we now write on paper in our own handwriting, and don't worry about misspelled words they are your words and most likely you will continue to mispell the same words over and over when your writing text, sign and date each page by hand writing. This may not seem important to you now but if someone actually copies the invention later and claims they thought of it first to reduce your ability to collect royalties, then you will be really happy you mispelled the words on the original text, copies are usually always spell checked and perfect. In Federal Court this becomes one little glitch a ceo has when claiming it's his idea and he and many others actually invented it first, go ahead misspell the words.
We now evaluate a name for our new product from our project and this may take quite awhile, but I always recommend a one word name ; that's how Michael Glenn my first patent attorney from the firm Townsend and Townsend instructed me to structure product names and it works fine. In this example of the project Manmotor, and the product is intended to generate electricity on an individual basis, format the word electron, electro, electricity, and then to perform healthy work we need to excercise, work out, and so on. The new product name comes from adding words that explain the product invention in a one word name you make up ; our new product we will name Electrociser, that's it, now we start our paperwork process.
Now we have intellectual property that will all come into form after this, now is the time to limit disclosure and track your project. This can be accomplished by conventional non disclosures signed by any parties you disclose your project and invention to, one way this assists you is after your invention makes millions of dollars and someone else is trying to limit you from collecting the royalties from "all" your claims, the real time benefit of this is your track record and the witnesses that state fact that you actually were working on the invention at the time the disclosure was signed, it's not the distrust your after, it's the tracking of the development of the invention project.
2nd. protect your investment in time and declare as you go an amount of time spent by you on all your notes, paperwork, research and any other substantials in making this project invention come to life, and put a dollar and cent value on your time at each entry. Limit others from making a penny on the actual product invention by setting the one year clock ticking, this is really an important tool to use as an inventor that will limit others from profiting from "your" invention. This is a goldmine tool to use as the inventor, and this you keep secret to yourself and never tell anyone about the clock ticking. There are two surefire ways to set this clock in motion. First, and my preference the undisputable bill of sale for the first product of your invention off the manufacturing line, this will surely set the clock in motion. Your invention doesn't have to be made yet, you simply explain it in detail about your project, and the invention to come to someone that shows enthusiastic interest in your invention or project, and then get them to agree to purchase the first one for a specific price. Write out a bill of sale and protect it like it's a goose that lays gold eggs, and don't tell anyone not even the person signing the bill of sale about the one year clock ticking. Second, the diputable knowledge printed in a public magazine, where someone could read about the features of your new invention in detail, and if educated in the field of the art, could come up with something simular with the same features as you have explained in clear detail about your new invention, publically, in time after reading the features provided in the articles that were written without the presence of non disclosures, and this includes pictures of other art existing that you furnish in the publication, but have explained your new features and the differences about the two products in detail about your new invention.
If this your first invention none of this one year clock issue will really make sense. The thing that will happen if you are issued a US patent and there has been no reduction to writing as to a meeting of minds regarding the specific invention named in writing, everything becomes disputable. You have exactly 365days after a public disclosure of your invention product to file for a US patent and this becomes vitally important to an experienced inventor.
Example, an inventor that has several inventions knows beyond doubt that there is absolutely nothing to worry about unless the invention starts making millions of dollars a year right away, and only after the initial justifycation of the project and direction of the invention is written on in text by you. I can't explain in words how important this paperwork is, but we are there with this current new invention ManMotor, so it's on to the inventing process from here.
"it's not the person who has been taken advantage of that looses something, it's an advantage to become knowledgeable through losses that make us aware of human character, and thusly prevent the possibility of loss for ourselves"
"life seems 85% luck-8% stumbeling- and 7% your intent, conciously" Dale G. Basgall-2011
Chuck Yeager 2011
The above picture is what I consider something lucky, being able to meet someone that is a winner at life. Chuck Yeager is a prime example of "a winning attitude"
This picture is an example of what I consider a fortunate experience after living with a winning attitude.
Four words to success "drift with the wind" Dale G. Basgall-2012