A Guide for Inventors

Inventors and inventions are the lifeblood of industry, and yet the obstacles that confront an inventor in attempting to get a new product on the market are formidable. This, of course, is not accidental, for it is in the hurly-burly of the marketplace that the worth of new ideas is tested. The old saying that 'if you invent a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door' is a manifest untruth. The Patent Office is filled with thousands of good ideas that never made it to the marketplace (along with thousands of really terrible ideas) simply because those inventors never pressed forward with their ideas after receiving a patent.  We see many inventors who come to us because their inventions involve molded plastics. These inventors come in all stages and sorts, from the person with only an idea and a few paper sketches to the fully evolved design with Solidworks prints and beautifully made, expensive models. All of these share similar needs, however, and most have similar questions, so here are a few of the FAQ and answers. If you are an inventor, doubtless you will have other, more specific questions, and for these you may contact us directly by e-mail, snail mail or phone.

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How are molds and patterns paid for?
How long will it take to get my product ready?
How much do quotations cost?
Patents and Protecting your Invention
What will it cost to bring my invention to market?
Who owns the tooling for my invention?