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Getting Your Idea Into Production
Posted 24 July 2006 - 12:13 PM
Would I have to get my idea patented before I go further?
Once I have got the prototype produced and I have proved the device works, where do I go to get the device on the market? Or at least get enough produced to get interest in the product?
I would like to have full control over the rights of the device so I am a bit wary going to a large company and getting my idea nicked!
Can the fact I am attending Uni help me? Can they help me on any level?
Posted 24 July 2006 - 04:08 PM
Normally I would recommend going into production yourself, but probably not for a small consumer electronic product. You'd have a hard time doing sufficient volume to recoup your costs and make a profit. You should at least make a prototype or two if that's feasible.
Posted 24 July 2006 - 05:00 PM
As far as going from prototpe to market? First off youd need capital, and a lot of it. To get the molds made for anything plastic usually costs more than most of us will make in a year.
Even after production you're going to need more than a 1 man team to develop and set up the resources for marketing, distribution, etc.
If your idea is honestly that good, your best bet is to enter it into competitions and hope it wins a design award. Often times student designs will be picked up by companies and further developed if someone sees the value in it.
Also, being secretive about the idea won't help. I've seen many student projects that even though they had a good deal of research, after developing their "revolutionary product" someone else in the room would find a website that had a nearly identical product already in existance. The world has a lot of stuff already out there, and it's too much for one person to track down all of it.
Posted 24 July 2006 - 06:59 PM
A patent could help but you have to patent it in every country and fight it out in court anyway.
Getting the product out quickly and well is probably your best bet alongside a patent.
As for where to go next it depends on what the product is, I have plenty of ideas and am in the smae situation.
I read plenty of business start up books which can help but it all depends on the amount of capital you need and what the technology is.
If you have someone you trust at uni or a peer then talk to them.
As for finding a revolutionary product, Cyber demon sums it up really well, Ive invented about ten brand new ideas only to find by a random google search after plenty of other research that its been being worked on for a few years or is on sale.
Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:45 PM
Posted 29 July 2006 - 12:11 PM
We have worked with numerous people just like your self. If you send us an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) we can then dicuss your idea with you and how to make it it a reality. The NDA will mean we cannot discuss it with anyone else and the idea/product reamins in your control.
If you don't have a NDA, then we have a general one that we use with budding entreprenuers like yourself.
I head up the design company, so feel free to contact me regardig your idea and I can help educate in the painful (but rewarding!) effort required for product development.
Posted 29 July 2006 - 02:09 PM
I start Uni in October. I will start to develop and prototype it then to prove it.
Posted 08 August 2006 - 05:16 PM
Also what superbad said is very correct, most big companies dont "nick" ideas, in fact you will be safest there, personally at your stage, if you can sell off your idea lock stock and barrel, i would reccomend that instead.
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:19 PM
I have currently finished my degree now in July. I am trying to get the childrens furniture shown as my display picture into production. I am having difficulty, but as it came into the top 20 ideas in the RSA 'furniture for real environments' it was meant to be excibited at the NEC area In Birmingham. Problem is i do not have the funding. If anyone has any ideas on how it can be produced then replys are most welcome.
Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:26 PM
Posted 03 December 2006 - 01:03 AM
have a product out, has good very good consumer interest, but lack of funding and at a loss of direction to get proper help on manufacturing. more tricky when it has electrical stuff - u know testing, and so on.
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