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Q: i have an invention idea that worked what do i do now ?

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Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
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  • Patents Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC

A: Depending on whether you want to commercialize this invention (sell it to others) you may have a lot of things to do. You may want to create an estimate on the size of the market and the likely costs to make your product.

But at bare minimum, you will need to consider whether you should patent this idea and whether existing, more general patents or pending applications apply to your idea. You will likely need to work with a patent attorney to fully resolve these questions but you can do some initial work by using these tips to search for relevant patents and patent applications.

https://bit.ly/Patent__Searching

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

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Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
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  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: Congratulations on a workable idea!

You should also be congratulated about worrying about patents now, and not after your product (or service) has hit the market, when it would be too late to patent your invention.

To answer your question, you need to get a business plan together. Determine your price, margins, promotions, placement, distribution channels, production, etc. If you can are able to put a business plan together that works, then that will determine whether you need a patent or not. If you do need a patent, then you need to go see a patent attorney before you start making the product, offering it for sale, or selling it.

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