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3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling.
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The prototyping technology is used for manufacturing in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental, medical industries, education, civil engineering, and other fields.
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How to do a patent search yourself?
Patentability search is geared to find prior art (stuff that already exists) that may prevent patentability.
There is no limit to the age of the prior art, so an article from 1920 could be considered prior art against your invention.
The top patent search websites are www.Google.com/patents.
In the patent search process, there is no guarantee of success or results.
Take note of the patent number, the reference, and classification. Review the references.
Now go to http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html.
in the Term1 box insert the patent number and in the Field box select "Current US classification."
Patent first or prototype?
Now that the USPTO has moved to "First-Inventor-to-File," meaning your filing date is the single most significant determinant of whom receives the patent.
How do I protect my idea without a patent?
As a general rule, it is suitable to sign an NDA before confidential data is exposed, rather than later. I want to emphasize this, NDAs are relevant when there are trade secrets and other intellectual assets at stake.
Do I need Drawings in a Provisional Patent Application?
There is a common mistake about drawings in a provisional patent application. Many believe that pictures are not necessary for a provisional patent application, and some non-attorney services suggest that drawings are not required. Apparently, the belief is that the requirements for provisional patent applications are separate from non-provisional patent applications.
This is simply not the case. Yes, the provisional patent application requires some formalities and the focus can be on the disclosure rather than the form of enlightenment, but the disclosure must be as complete as a non-provisional patent application to provide a beneficial priority date.
Therefore, if drawings are necessary to understand the invention, they are needed for a provisional patent application.
What is the point of a provisional patent?
If you add a provisional patent application cover sheet to one or more pages and pay the proper fee, you now have a patent pending status, and you will get an official filing document from the Patent Office.
Your filing date is the single most significant determinant of whom receives the patent.
The point is that provisional patent applications are not reviewed by the Patent Office. This indicates there are no consequences for an inadequate provisional patent application.
Can I refile the provisional patent application?
The answer is No; you can't refile a provisional patent. The application is for one year to file for a utility patent.
Consider this; the fact is that the USPTO does not publish the provisional patent application.
So you can file it again. Not refile or renew, but file it again, so if you run out of time go ahead and file it one more time.
Types of prototypes in product design
This is a working model of your idea, intended to serve the primary function of showing how the product will work, with less concern for aesthetics.
"The breadboard doesn't have to look good or even work well," stated Jacquelyn Denalli in Business Start-Ups. "It simply proves your idea can be reduced to practice." Tomima Edmark, writing in Entrepreneur, added that a breadboard "is used in the early stages of product development to demonstrate functionality and communicate your idea to potential model makers or manufacturers so they can create a finished product for sale."
A Proof-of-Concept Prototype is used for acquiring intellectual property and to present to investors for raising money.
The second phase of a product prototype is that it has the practical and aesthetic features of the final product and is created utilizing quick fabrication techniques. The purpose of the design prototype is to be used to work out the final design and manufacturing aspects and to get feedback from distributors, buyers, and retailers.
Virtual Modeling or3D CAD design is used to design your product idea in 3D as if it were a solid object. You can see the virtual evolution as the geometry is created.
This reduces your parts time to market, as well as reducing your chance of a product being inaccurately designed.
Also, once your product is created in a 3d cad, apps can be utilized such as stress analysis, animation, conceptual rendering, CNC tool paths, and more.
Do I need a prototype?
Since Virtual models are used to create product prototypes and production components, in reality, you don't need a working prototype.
A virtual file will be sufficient. Never the less, nothing matches the feeling to have your idea in hand.
Why is a prototype useful if I am licensing?
Prototypes are not essential but can add value to a project. This is particularly the case if you need to prove that the concept works. In this instance, a Proof-of-Concept or a Virtual Prototype would be adequate to demonstrate the fundamentals of the idea. Some people may choose a more refined prototype to strengthen their presentation, but the associated cost of these needs to be weighed up against other factors. Sometimes, a prototype may help you to negotiate a higher percentage of royalties. A simple mock-up can yield faster returns.
Why is a prototype useful if I am looking to manufacture?
Prototypes are almost essential when looking to manufacture. In some instances, the CAD designs from the Design Process are enough to send directly to a manufacturer, but this is predominantly only if the product is straightforward and composed of existing parts. More often than not, a prototype will be necessary before approaching a manufacturer to further refine the design and verify the preliminary design for fit and function. Some manufacturers will call them "first article".
How do I bring a product to market
Well, there is a big difference in the approach to the market. If there is nothing like it you should go to manufacture yourself, this will require a utility patent process (cost varies from $5000 to $15000) and the hight manufacturing expenses.
Now if you have an improvement the way to go to market, in my opinion, is by licensing your idea to an existing company. (the cost for a provisional patent varies from $64 up to $1200) And you could use the licensing company manufacturing resources and sales channels at no cost to you.
How to find a company to license
Imagine yourself walking through the aisles in any big chain store
and then you get to a section where you can see your invention right there, and you say to yourself this is where my product should be.
Ok! wright down the product names, find out who are the companies in play and contact them. They indeed are the licensors of your invention.
How do I pitch my idea to a company?
Pitching your idea to a company is a multi-step process, first identify who is the right person to whom you should talk.
Find the way to send a "sales sheet" to the right person. Ask the gatekeeper who opens the emails as well as the snail mail.
You could send an email to the gatekeeper directly if that person is willing to help you in exchange for recognition.
You can also pack the "sales sheet" in a box with a $20 gift inside and un-proper padding, let this gift rock inside. You'll see the effect of this technique. Hand written thank you notes a lasting impression today.
Negotiating a licensing agreement
Interview the prospective company, find out as much as you can from them.
There are things in the licensing relationship that you should negotiate yourself, like royalties.
But the other thing, like the terms sheet or the improvement clause, live to an attorney. In my experience, this will be money well spent.
How to create a sales sheet
A sales sheet is a document that has the objective to wake up the interest of the executive of the prospect licensor.
How to do it? Is very simple, show a picture of a product that looks that it belongs to the company.
Please use the space on the paper to describe the innovative fixtures and the advantages of your invention.
Share with this person that you are patent pending and hand him the "terms sheet" that your attorney has crafted for you.
Include the business cards and let him know that your attorney is available for any questions he might have.
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