Inventors' handbook

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Basic guidance on the key stages of turning an invention into a commercial product.

Disclosure and confidentiality

Know the important difference between protecting your idea against disclosure and protecting your idea against infringement.

Competition and market potential

Does your idea have good commercial potential? Find out about your competition and the market potential of your idea.

Proving the invention

Prototypes are necessary. Plan and control your prototyping activities so that you can prove your invention.

Building a team and seeking funding

To convince others that your invention is a business opportunity with excellent investment potential you may need a team that demonstrates a range of skills.

Finding and approaching companies

Finding the right companies to approach, and approaching them the right way, is important if you want a licensing agreement with a company.

Novelty and prior art

At least one significant part of your invention's technology must be completely new. Search for prior art to make sure that this novel aspect of your idea has never been described, or used for the same purpose before.

Assessing the risk ahead

Ask yourself the vital question: "Is there enough evidence to justify taking my idea any further?"

Protecting your idea

At some point you must legally protect your intellectual property (IP). Make sure you know your intellectual property rights (IPR).

Business planning

A business plan is essential for transforming an invention into a commercial product. It will help you and your team to plan and stay in control of your exploitation activities.

Dealing with companies

Research and know your market well in order to deal effectively with a company interested in your idea.

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