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Jan 1

January 1st is when most of us try to start our recently proclaimed New Year’s resolutions.  For inventors, getting started right away is important.  No matter your progress (or lack of progress) last year, take a few minutes to decide what you want to accomplish this year.

Once you decide what you want to get done, you can determine a timeline and deadlines for the various steps you need to take.  One way to help set timeframes is to find a professional tradeshow.  The tradeshow becomes the deadline.  Now decide that you need to get done to attend the national level tradeshow and start filling in your timeline.

If you are just getting started, set aside some time every week to work on your invention.  Do as much of your own searching as you can.  Then do your best to build your version of a prototype.  We have seen great prototypes out of duct tape, cardboard, pipe cleaners and legos.   If you can’t build your own prototype, don’t worry about it yet.  DON’T hire and engineer to do drawings yet.  That time will come.

The first thing you spend money on is a professional search.  Use SearchQuest Patents (www.searchquestpatents.com ) for your search.  It is the only search company we know of that includes the international search for a flat rate.    I have other posts that discuss patent searches that you can read.  The search is the most important step you will take.

You will be surprised how easy it is to put off working on your invention.  Before you know it, we will be celebrating another New Year.  Make sure you can look back at 2013 with accomplishments that make a difference.