The Invention Process: From Idea to Market
Please note that the steps below are presented in a logical order that one might follow, but in certain circumstance you may want to skip around the steps to suite your needs. For example, you may want to skip ahead to the patent section and do a search before proceeding to far along in the process only to find out that someone has already patented the idea.
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Document the Idea
This documentation process may take some time, but don't get discouraged as it is an important step. Documentation of the idea may include a written description, detailed specifications, materials list, drawings, a list of possible manufacturing techniques or issues, and customers. Don't feel like you have to get this right and completed in one or two sittings and you'll be able to come back and revise it later as you go through the rest of the process, but a good attempt here will pay off later.
You may want to skip ahead and look at the section on patents. It may be wise at this stage to check to see if someone already has patented the idea.
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