All the great products you use on a daily basis started as an idea in someone’s mind. If you have a great idea, it’s only natural that you’d want to turn it into a real product. If you desire the steps for taking your idea beyond being a daydream and turning that idea into an invention, look no further. This article will help you turn your idea into something the world can experience and enjoy.
Get it on paper
The first step in turning your idea into an invention is transferring your idea to paper. A journal is an inventor’s best friend. Writing your idea on paper helps you organize your thoughts, see what’s missing, and plan next steps. You’ll also want to sketch your idea in your idea at this stage. These early writings and sketches are the foundation for the official plans that you’ll use in the future for production.
Protect your idea
Protecting your idea is the next important step for turning your idea into an invention. Your idea is your intellectual property and protecting it can ensure that you maintain the rights and freedom to develop, license and/or sell your invention. Here are the basic steps for obtaining a patent for your idea:
- Like we mentioned in the first step, document the idea and the timeline for its development in a journal and have it signed by a witness. This helps establish a timestamp for your invention.
- Conduct an initial patent search to see if your idea is already patented.
- Research the market for your idea.
- Make a minimal viable product demo or prototype of your invention.
- File the patent paperwork.
Tip: Hire a patent attorney or patent firm if the patenting process is too hard for you to navigate on your own. Ensure that whoever you hire has experience in the area or industry of your idea.
Vet the idea
Before presenting our ideas to others, our ideas seem to be the greatest thing to us. But the reality is that your idea needs to be tested and validated before it’s turned into an invention. You don’t want to waste time and money on a poor idea. Some degree of vetting is recommended before you patent your idea. Here are ways to explore the value your idea:
- Again, research to see if your idea has already been invented or attempted.
- Be clear on the problem your invention solves.
- See if there are enough people out there who need your product.
- Survey a group of people who represent the end user for your idea/invention.
- Share the idea with trusted professionals in the industry and get their feedback.
Bring the idea to life
Now that you’re armed with a vetted and protected idea, it’s time to introduce your idea to the world. Budgeting, business planning and raising capital come into play at this time. This stage can also introduce a long period of trial and error as you iterate during production. Here are some helpful steps:
- Turn your early drawings and doodles into digital plans.
- Produce a concept mockup with a 3-D printer or another tool.
- Produce a full-working model of the invention.
- Patent your invention if you haven’t already.
- Raise capital to produce and market your invention.
- Produce and/or license your invention.
- Market your invention.
Once you have a product in the market, obtain trademarks for your invention for added protection of your product’s branding, messaging, and more.
We welcome you to consider partnering with us at IgniteHQ and joining a community that’s focused on helping inventors and people with great ideas like yourself. These basic steps for turning an idea into an invention will get you started, but we want to help you if you have any further questions.
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