Q: I have many ideas but I don’t know the process of getting a prototype or a product

I almost used Davison but I checked them out on better business bureau and they weren’t verified and the reviews didn’t look good so I cut ties with them, I need help finding a business that won’t screw me over with false advertisement

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Mr. Thomas,

This is hard. I know some firms that help flesh out ideas and make prototypes. The engineers often become co-inventors but they will assign the patent rights over to the client that is paying them. Good folks normally have a range of things that they do and they are not the answer for every possible inventor. So I do not know enough to make a suggestion. Some firms specialize in medical devices. Some firms work with control systems. Some work with consumer goods. Sometimes you need someone with a lot of experience with plastic injection molding. Sometimes you can get a prototype with a 3D printer.

A good source for getting connected to service providers that are known to work well with clients is to contact your local office of the North Carolina Small Business Development Center http://www.sbtdc.org/ . Your business attorney may know reputable patent attorneys and patent attorneys often know folks in the prototype space.

You need to be careful as there are firms out there that will take advantage of an optimistic newbie.

If you found this answer helpful, you may want to look at my answers to other questions about patent law are available at the bottom of my profile page at


Kevin E Flynn

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