Sunday, March 4, 2018

How Can I Be An Inventor? By Corvet Williams


How can you be an inventor? Easy! Start thinking. Start logging all those subconscious thoughts you had about an idea to the forefront. How many times have you said, ‘If only this could do this or that?’ Or how many times have you thought ‘I wish this had a feature like this?’ That’s all inventing is. It’s really that simple. And how many times have you seen a new product and thought, ‘Why didn’t I think of that? Or ‘Oh my goodness, I had that same idea!’ “Invention is the mother of necessity”-Thorstein Veblen.

I recommend you keep a pad just for ideas handy. Write them down as you think about them and write the date (this can come in handy later). Then you can research if it exists or not. What may surprise you, is that only about 2% of inventions make money. Which means most patented inventions are just that, an invention. There can be a number of reasons why inventions never see the light of day. It could be the inventor gave up on it, maybe they couldn’t find sourcing, maybe it wasn’t profitable, and the list goes on.

Either way, it will be in your best interest to research your ideas. You don’t have to necessarily pay for a patent search just yet. You can use Google patents and the patent office website to search. F.Y.I, patents are not worded the way we use a product; for example, a bottle cap would not be searched as a bottle cap. One way you would search it is cylinder closure for a liquid container. The wording can be very expansive. Patents are a wordplay and you must learn it.

Do not be discouraged if you find an idea like yours. Here are a few reasons why. You still may able to use your idea. Make sure the idea is exactly the same because you can get credit for what’s called an improvement patent. An example of an improvement patent is a cup with a handle. Let’s say a cup exists but it doesn’t have a handle and you add the handle. You won’t get credit for the cup but you will get credit for adding the handle. Now anytime a cup is made with a handle, you share a percentage. Does that make sense?

Anyone can be an inventor and everyone is an inventor. You just have to put your ideas on paper and act on them. Please whatever you do, don’t get emotionally attached. I know your
first idea will be your “baby” but you have to know when to let go and when it’s a green light.

It’s not a determent from your dream just a reality, remember 98% of patents never make it to market. Whatever you do, DO NOT PAY INVENTION COMPANIES. If you would like my guidance as a consultant or for more information contact me at corvet@corvetwilliams.com, join local 

inventor groups, or consult with a patent attorney.

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