I have a few ideas for inventions and need help on where to start? Help?
A few of my ideas are for the disabled and a few are for the home. Are there grants? Do I patent right away? Are there legitimate people out there that would want to partner with me? Any information would be appreciated. Thank You
- TM Express™Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
NOLO is a great, free informational site. Also, be sure to read what the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) has to say about patents.
Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you'll inevitably have as well as many you haven't anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links.
Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can. Here are some book titles that are relevant:
Getting a Patent:
* Patent It Yourself (11th Edition) by David Pressman
* Patents and How to Get One : A Practical Handbook by U.S. Department of Commerce
* How To Make Patent Drawings Yourself: A Patent It Yourself Companion by Jack Lo
* The Inventor's Notebook: A Patent It Yourself Companion by Fred E. Grissom
There are plenty of free informational resources out there. Check the source box for links to articles.
Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!Source(s): http://www.nolo.com/resource.cfm/catID/00E99E7C-76... -- NOLO – Patents Resource Center http://www.uspto.gov/ – United States Patent & Trademark Office Home Page http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/faqs.htm -- USPTO's FAQ about Patents http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/howtopat.htm -- USPTO's How to Get a Patent http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html -- Search Patents Associations: http://www.invention-ifia.ch/ -- International Federation of Inventors' Associations http://www.uiausa.org/ -- United Inventors Association http://inventors.about.com/od/localorgs/ -- Directory of Local USA & Canada Groups Articles: http://ezinearticles.com/?Patent---How-To-Get-One&... – Patent – How to Get One by Michael Russell http://ezinearticles.com/?Invented-Something?-Get-... – Invented Something? Get a Patent by Thomas Choo http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Select-a-Patent-A... – How to Select a Patent Attorney by Lisa Parmley http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Patent-Your-Inven... – How to Patent Your Invention by Neil Armand http://ezinearticles.com/?Can-You-Start-Selling-Yo... – Can You Start Selling Your Invention Before Patenting It? by Xavier Pillai
- 1 decade ago
Patents can be costly. Last I knew you could get a provisional patent, which costs a lot less than a patent. The provisional patent gives you time to market your idea/invention. I belive you can find information at the US Patent and Trademark website.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
DO NOT TELL ANYONE YOUR ACTUAL IDEAS! Before you do anything, you need to write and draw complete descriptions of each idea and seal them well in an envelope (each idea in it's own) and mail them to yourself. DO NOT OPEN THEM. Put them in the safest place possible... maybe even a safe deposite box. The print copies of Non=disclosure forms (USPTO I believe has them in their forms). Make anyone you discuss your ideas with sign one. You can get a provisional patent for only $90 each, but they limit you to one year to do your real patent, so don't do that until you are ready to really proceed. You can get free help from places like SBA, SBDC, SCORE, etc. You may also get major corporations to consider buying the patent or licience the right to produce it. You can contact me for more help.
- 1 decade ago