New Invention Idea...What Now?
Dave thinks the first thing Sandy should do is to go to www.inventorsdigest.com and see what they suggest for her idea.
ANSWER: There are rip-off companies that say they’ll help you build a prototype, patent your product, and then distribute it for you. It’s a scam – don’t do it!
Go to www.inventorsdigest.com and choose one of the inexpensive processes that they suggest for getting your product out in the marketplace. You can also get a confidentiality agreement from this website. At a later stage, you will need to get a patent and a patent attorney.
Get a prototype made, fill out a confidentiality agreement, have about 1,000 of your products distributed in your area and track how well it does.
Remember this: very few con artists will go to the trouble to rip off an idea. Ideas are a dime a dozen, but people who can get them into the marketplace are not. Most businesses are not looking to steal your idea.