• Hi, Veronica. I am going to right the precise way to market your invention.
    -1) First, you need to contact a registered patent lawyer and pay for a thorough (not preliminary) patent search ($750 – $1500 for most inventions).

    -2) If your idea is patentable – hire the patent attorney to file a utility patent
    If your Idea is not patentable – and i…[Read more]

  • Maia replied to the topic share an idea in the forum Invention scams 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    This question has already been answered into another thread. Irrespective of that if I add something that the Danny said, you can also license your idea of innovation.

  • Maia replied to the topic Curious question!!! in the forum Developing Ideas 3 months ago

    Yes, I totally agree with your stance on this. I have heard from my friend that 40-90% of patent innovations would not make it to the market, keeping it to them, not benefiting the society from their novel ideas. Only if they have shared the ideas publicly, someone might have adopted the innovation and made it public. Most of the innovation comes…[Read more]

  • Maia replied to the topic financing options in the forum Marketing your invention 3 months ago

    Hi, Adam, informally you can ask from family and friends for financing. Formally, there are two types of financing available; debt and equity or the mixture of both. It can be provided by banks and individuals in the form of venture capital fund, business incubators, business angels, capital market options and bank financing. The decision to opt…[Read more]

  • For safe side, you can side an agreement for not disclosing any detail and declaring that you don’t own this product after creating. Good luck!

  • Hi, Lucy. It is a really crucial thing and steps must be taken cautiously. First I need to know what kind of invention you want to produce. If it is something physical you may contact industrial engineers for this purpose. Or if it is related to computer software (which I am guessing it is from how to design and create), you can use freelancer…[Read more]

  • First, you can contact the company or invention promoter to get the money back. Second, you can register the complaint against this invention promoter according to the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 to USTPO. For complain you must have to give address and name of you as well as invention promoter. USPTO doesn’t take any legal action a…[Read more]

  • But the new invention of digital photography changed the dynamics of instant photography industry.

  • Maia started the topic Margaret Knight in the forum Inventors History 4 months ago

    Margaret Eloise Knight (1838-1914) was the most famous woman inventor of the 19th century. She’s build many inventions during her lifetime, but what she is most well-known for is a machine she built when she was 30, which folded and glued paper to create a flat-bottomed paper bag. The product was popular — so popular, in fact, that a man stole t…[Read more]

  • Maia replied to the topic The Inventors Forum in the forum Local Inventor Groups 4 months ago

    Hi, I recommend websites like http://www.meetup.com to search for meetups in your area or join clubs. Or you can search for groups on Facebook, I’ve joined a bunch of them and it’s pretty nice.

  • Since you mentioned sketching, I think another way you could do it is to make a nice sketch on a sheet of paper and scan it. Then, you can use Photoshop or Paint or any software to manipulate it, add or change colors, text, images.

  • Hello,

    Everyday, I see a lot of people who have come up with these amazing ideas but who can sometimes make a simple but eventually huge mistake: telling too many people/the wrong people too much about it.

    I think this topic is important for everyone out there who is at the beginning of their journey in innovation. I’d like to start a discussion…[Read more]

  • Hi Julian,

    If your idea is easy to replicate, I recommend not accepting their offer even if it sounds like free marketing. But then again, maybe you don’t even have a reason to advertise.

    Keep in mind that there are lots of copycats out there who are pretty good at replicating and hitting the market fast. Public disclosure is so risky before…[Read more]

  • You’re welcome, I hope it goes well. Good luck!

  • If you signed the NDA and after that they start selling/marketing your product, then they must prove they had everything planned before you sent/showed them the product. But all of this is if you sue them, otherwise nothing happens.

    What I think you should do is research as much as you can about the company, if they’ve had any complaints, what…[Read more]

  • Hi Lucy,

    In general, you want to first analyse the NDA yourself and if it seems off to you or you’re not sure how you feel about it, definitely go to a lawyer for this. But the rule of thumb is, if it has the company’s name on it then the company would be liable if they scam you or steal your idea or mess with you in any way.

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