I normally write about gardening. Today I would like to talk about the process that one goes through in order to get ones idea to market.
Plantstay came about because we wanted to address the need of holding our plants upright without the need of stabbing the root ball. The process that we used to being started at the USPTO website. We had to search in the prior art section as well as already patented products. Once there we were not able to find anything that was similar to Plantstay. If you feel that you do not have the time to do this you can always hire a patent attorney to do the search for you. This will set you back a few hundred bucks. Once you find that your idea is not out there as of yet, you can either do a provisional patent or a non provisional patent. A provisional patent gives you a year to do more research on your project. Yet if you have not filed a non provisional patent by the time a year is up you can not use the provisional patent date. A provisional patent is less expensive that a non provisional patent. If you go to the USPTO website they will have a lot more information on there. It is worth the time to take a look at this website. There are a number of things that have to be filled out, a certain way that your patent has to be written out as well as a format.
The next thing that you have to address is a fabricator. What type of material it is that you want to use. How you want it made, packed, shipped, priced, whom to sell to? What is your target audience and how you are going to reach that audience.
I write this article as I am sure that there are plenty of people that have ideas of what to make and just do not know what directions to turn in. I do not want to lead you in the wrong direction, as I can only speak about what we have and are experiencing. We would like to be able to help others that are stuck in the same situation that we are in.
We would recommend visiting the USPTO.gov site and read on what you are doing. I would also recommend that when sending out prototypes to make sure that you have a tracking number on your items. You should be ready to face rejection as well as constructive criticisms. Yet, if you believe in your product, we suggest never giving up. It does take time for the public to open their minds to new ideas and concepts. You should also find an organization like SCORE that can mentor you as well as give you a few pointers.
Please feel free to put your input as well as give direction on something that I may have missed. Putting a patent together can be time consuming as well as costly. Yet anything worth having is worth fighting for.
Things to look out for.
If something sounds to good to be true it probably is.
I would like to conclude this section with things to look out for. If something seems too good to be true it probably is. Please do your research on any company that you are thinking about doing business with. Most companies that say that they help inventors have a website as well as others that have done work with them. Do your due diligence and read what others have stated about them. If you are not sure just type in the name of the company in your search bar with the word complaints and you may just save yourself a few hundred even thousands of dollars.
If you have any questions about a company that you are already dealing with make sure not to go any further until you do your search. I have to say that at this point I can not name names, but we have a very sour taste in our mouth with one company. I did do research on other companies yet, I found one good thing about this one company and stopped searching. Now that I have time to look at things better, I did not do my due diligence and now the price has to be paid. If a company offers to do any type of package for you make sure that you read the package that they are showing you… be it a book about your invention, they say that they can not tell you whom their sources are…you should know whom it is that they are planning on showing yourinvention to. Please make sure that you protect yourself and your idea. I just can not tell you how strongly I feel about this. People ripping people off is a hot button for me and always has been.
It is not easy to get your concept out into the public eye. You sure do not need to have the headache of dealing with scam companies that only care about getting your money. It is a harsh and cruel world out there and entrepreneurs have to help one an other out. We are still in the infancy of our product. Yet, at this time, I chose to write about what one will go through while it is still fresh in my mind. Do not let the excitement that you have for your product be your demise. Read read read please.
If you are an entrepreneur and have some advise to offer, we are all looking forward to hearing from you. Our world was made on the backs of inventors and we need to be able to claim it back.
Have a successful day.
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