Do You Really Need to Patent Your Idea?
iscalimer: Always seek legal advise when starting a business or protecting your work. I’m no lawyer.
Ok I’m working on a prototype (now my second incarnation of the design,
the first didn’t work). This is what I’ve learned so far. It’s more for
my reference but I’d appreciate any feedback you may have.
No 1: Don’t put too much energy into protecting your idea, put it into
executing it. Firstly if you have an idea, that’s all you have. It’s
only in your head or maybe on your PC; it certainly isn’t out there yet
If you don’t discuss your idea with people you can’t get any feedback on it.
You can still be careful about it; I’ve got this idea for a travel aid
with the advantage of providing the ability to put your feet up during
long haul travel and go to sleep without paying for a business class seat.
See I didn’t tell you how I may achieve this. I would not share the
details until I’m confident I can trust the person I’m speaking too, but
I have explained the benefits.
How can you expect anyone to be honest about your idea if you can not discuss and develop your plan?
Don’t worry about patenting an idea; if your can write the patent
yourself great, if you cant you’ll need to hire an expensive patent
lawyer. Either way it’s not going to be cheap!
My advise is to apply for the patent (the take months to be approved)
and at least you’ve got a record of it. Then when you have a finished
design get an attorney to write your patent. You wouldn’t want to spend 6
months and a few hundred quid on your design only for someone to steal
it 2 years down the line.
There is of course another argument to the patent discussion, one that
you shouldn’t bother at all. Bear with me it’s not as crazy as it sounds
for 3 reasons. One, if your idea’s that easy to copy its probably not
worth your effort, maybe you should re-think it. Two, the chances are
that a some point some body is going to make a cheap imitation some
where, unless you can afford tens of thousands defending your patent
it’s not worth it, and finally if you execute your design and business
better than the competition it doesn’t matter anyway, you’ll blow them