The UK is full of garden shed inventors and innovators. It is no surprise that the industrial revolution started here!
The biggest barrier for the private inventor is usually the financial investment required to get a product to market. ‘No one else is making it’ is not always a good argument as to why you should make it.
A professional designer will always question your reasons for doing something. Don’t be offended by this, they are just doing their job and should save you time, expense and heartache in the long run. We wouldn’t advise applying for a patent before some objective research is conducted.
How sure are you that there is a real market for your product? Are you sure that your solution is the very best and most commercially valuable? Do you know how much it would cost to take your product to market, and how to get it there? If you do not have the answers to these questions, is it wise to spend thousands of pounds with a patent attorney protecting the idea?
Be prepared to give some of your idea away. There is a saying that 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing. The value of a partner with industry knowledge, contacts, or money is not to be underestimated and can make the difference between success and failure. Make sure you have written agreements in place covering responsibilities, ownership, and liabilities before you set out together.
4D Products does work with private inventors. We do not fund projects, but are open to offers of shared risk, shared reward. Each proposal is considered on its own merit. So if you want to discuss a project, ask us to send you a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), which protects your interests and allows a free discussion.