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How to keep an idea 'protected'

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Manjinder Singh Chatha, 25 Nov 2021.

  1. Manjinder Singh Chatha

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    Good Morning folks

    I have come up with an idea which may help individuals who have some kind of disability to use general house hold DIY tools (screw driver, hammer, nails, chisels, drills etc) more easily.

    However, I would need to do a lot of research and expand my knowledge on those particular tool(s) before trying to come up with a prototype

    How do I find out if that idea is already on the market? Would I just 'google' it?

    How do I know it will be in demand?


    Thanks in advance for your responses
     
  2. Minstadave

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  3. Tefal

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    https://patents.google.com/


    ^Google patent service

    Otherwise patent lawyer could help but it will cost

    Market research?

    How many people have x problem with y task and would by z product to help?
     
  4. Manjinder Singh Chatha

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    Thanks folks
     
  5. Semple

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    As above, you need to do a LOT of research to determine if it's something worthwhile pursuing.

    If you haven't come across it already, have a watch of a few episodes of Dragons Den. They're significantly further ahead than you are, but it also gives you an idea of what happens next after you've hopefully secured a patent for your invention and have some prototypes (Spoiler - some people go on the show without a patent to their idea/invention and get ripped to shreds as it's no longer a viable business prospect).
     
  6. mrk

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    Looked into similar some years ago as had a couple of ideas that were things I've never seen before but then a dig around the web revealed that in China these things already existed just not made their way to the West yet and in later years through the growth of AliExpress etc, eventually ended up here too.

    So as above make sure it's worth the time and costs involved because it's quite possible that it exists somewhere out there.
     
  7. Em3bbs

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    I told you at the time that the fleshlight already existed!
     
  8. mrk

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    As my product tester, I will listen in future :cool:
     
  9. Burnsy2023

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    It's worth making something clear: ideas, in themselves, aren't all that valuable. There's a common myth that having a great idea is worth £££, but in reality, there is a long and often winding journey for any idea to be worth anything. How an idea is made into a design or prototype, how it's refined, how it's financed and ultimately how it's marketed is more important than the idea itself. If you have good finance, marketing and a design that is good enough, even a pretty crap idea can do well and sell.

    You don't and a great idea can be scuppered by a bad design or implementation.
     
  10. SexyGreyFox

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    Just on a side note back between 2008 to 2010 I used to run classes with mainly years 10 & 11 at the NHS involving Occupational Therapy.
    They always used to say that inventing something for the disabled could earn a fortune and demonstrated examples.
    One was a device for holding toilet paper so you could clean your under carriage which was amusing when 30 kids had just been handling one trying to work out what it was.
     
  11. Raymond Lin

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    You can't patent an idea, you can only patent a design.
     
  12. randomshenans

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    I had a couple. They cost a lot. Like, a lot for the most part 10-15k per patent. And what are they really worth? Nothing really. Not as a small person, it really doesn't do much if people are inclined. Just build what you want.
     
  13. Freddie1980

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    This.
     
  14. Manjinder Singh Chatha

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    Many thanks folks