In order to determine if you should have your invention patent, it is important to note that you give a deep consideration to the cost and benefits of the idea prototyping process.
If you find that the cost to get idea prototyped is higher than your expectations, then you can choose another way.
Below I have tried to throw light over when to get and when not to get your idea prototype. Let’s have a look at them and decide further
Benefits to get your invention idea prototyped
- If you get your idea prototyped, it will help you to better promote and market your invention to the third-parties.
- If you have your idea prototype ready with you, you can find out workable and useful alternative solutions.
- A prototype can also bring solutions to the potential design problems
- Idea prototype’s costs
- If you simply want your patent rights to be licensed, it is not wise to spend a lot of money
- All your efforts applied during the patent process go waste and vain.
- The invention process is delayed.
When to choose invention prototype?
While getting prototype for your invention is not mandatory without patent, in some events you may have to get your invention prototyped prior to applying for patent application.
- When the cost of a prototype-making is less than $1,000, and can be developed within a limited time;
- When a prototype illustrates basic functionalities of your invention; or
- When you want to test whether your product design is functional or not.
When not to choose your invention prototype?
Just as some events demand you to have your prototype development, likewise during some events there are events when you don’t need to have your invention idea patented before applying for your invention patent.
- It is when you do not want to build and when you intuit that the costs for prototype development may go high;
- It is when you want your patent rights to be licensed and when there is no need to know about the technology of a prototype;
- When the product design is simple and you are not interested in manufacturing it;
- When you do not want to progress with your invention due to the high spending of the prototype;
- When your invention is already known to the public.
So, you get to draw out a balance line between the benefits and costs while opting for your idea prototype development and before seeking the prototype developers’ services.