Posted on Apr 10, 2020

Law Office of Gerald R. Prettyman

Invention Promotion
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Going from idea to profit can be difficult and expensive (even Ben Franklin had problems) unless you know what to expect and do. Learning these is not expensive, but you should learn how to not spend a lot of money before making money (my manta for my clients) and go low and slow to avoid loss of your idea and avoid costly mistakes, such as obsolete product, useless websites, and recalls.
First – (free) visit the Patent Office website for pages about invention promoters. One page is https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ScamPrevent.pdf
Second – seek an inexpensive consultation with someone experienced in business development and patent/trademark law. The goal is to get inexpensively informed about invention protection, marketing, finance, and business development. There are many patent lawyers who worked in engineering and business (such as myself) before taking the patent test and going to law school. Everyone likes to teach, and you’ll learn how to develop your invention and spend your money and time wisely.
Third – learn from prospective customers: know which features they want, and how much they’ll pay, that knowledge will help you avoid wasted money and time.
Fourth – learn at least a little about finance so you’ll know whether you’ll make a profit before making prototypes.
There is more but this the limit for time and posting space.
Good Luck.
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