Inventors Lab . . . Start Here
If you are an inventor, or have the inventive spirit, you deserve congratulations. If you are the holder of a new idea, or new product concept or new intellectual property to develop, this page is for you.
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Over the years, we’ve worked with lots of inventors and inventions, and noted several things to help people avoid mistakes and find success in launching their products. This web feature is here to discuss inventions, to discuss product based ventures, and to help inventors (and other folks in the new products world) navigate obstacles.
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What’s In The Lab?
- Letter to Inventors — An introductory note with some overview thoughts and guides.
- Protecting Your Idea — A discussion about ways to protect your intellectual property.
- A Word about Patents — Some quick advise about using patents for IP protection.
- The Product Development Process — Links to and explanation about the PDP Article.
- NIH Syndrome — The inventors disease to avoid.
- In Case You’re Wondering — Something about our motivation and why this feature is here.
For those of you proceeding from invention to startup, you may also be interested in some good advise from StartUp Week published in this article: Keep Your Startup Out Of The Sand. It’s about avoiding traps that can consume precious resources.
Invention, Inventors, and Product Based Ventures
There is a difference as we talk about “Inventors” and those pursuing a “Product Based Venture.” Not all inventors pursue the marketing of an invention, and not all who bring new products to the market are inventors.
Similarly, the term “Invention” is often spread to mean things that are new, not necessarily “inventive”. Likewise, many new things are “inventive” or have portions of “invention” without being recognized as such.
This web feature, The Inventors Lab, may be mislabeled as well. It is not a place to invent, rather, it is a place to learn about bringing new products to market. Since our experience shows that “Inventors” often need this kind of information, we’re calling it The Inventors Lab. But . . . Whether you are in a corporate environment or a solo endeavor, the same principles apply — perhaps with a slightly different frame of reference.
We understand the meaning of words is different for various people, so please forgive us if we use words in ways you normally would not. Pull the concepts with value to you, and feel free to discard the rest. The Lab is for you.
New to the Market
Bringing a new product to market is a big undertaking. Coming up with the cool, new, inventive idea may well be the easy part. Getting it to market can be harder, while being successful in the market is harder still. Since the creative skills of the inventor are not the same as the business skills required for product success, don’t be afraid to find others to help. Oh, and developing new skills is required.
Information in the “Lab” is not definitive. We hope you will use many sources for knowledge. There are lots of great books and websites. And, there are people everywhere willing to help. Find them, then as you learn, be one!