Don’t Let Them Mess with You with the Prototype
Out of curiosity, I typed the word “prototypes” into Google.
A veritable hornet’s nest!
I hoped to learn who my potential competitors are; companies that roll up their sleeves and manufacture inventions.
Let me tell you how they measure up:
60% Patent and trademark agents.
30% Factories, especially those specializing in plastics.
9% Marketing and design agencies.
1% Engineering firms specializing in prototyping.
What an outrage!
1. Patent and trademark agents do NOT manufacture prototypes.
Why advertise themselves as such?
The only thing I can think of is that they want to get to the inventor to convince him to patent his invention before demonstrating whether or not his idea works.
I finally understand why we receive so many utility models with technical descriptions that are downright comical.
2. Factories do NOT have your business in mind.
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that factories invest hundreds of thousands in their machinery.
I’m sure you’ll also agree that their priority is to keep the machines running…
So, do you think they’re going to manufacture your prototype thinking of its future cost?
Absolutely not. The factory’s priority is that your prototype be compatible with their machinery.
3. With photos of a product that doesn’t exist, you’re not going to get anywhere. 🙂
Are you sitting down?
As if that weren’t enough, I’ve read that there are agencies that promise to help you sell the patent with a couple of photos.
I’m not going to dwell on this now, out of respect for your time.
So that they don’t mess with you, here are 5 useful tips for selecting a factory for your prototype:
i. Existence of capabilities.
Make sure that the basic disciplines for manufacturing prototypes are represented: mechanics, design, electronics, computer science and telecommunications.
ii. Integration of capabilities.
A battalion of independent professionals spread out all over the world is not the solution.
It is key that they all share a single space, where they can test and test until arriving at the best possible solution for your invention.
iii. Commitment to the result.
Make sure to retain a list of features for a firm price.
Prototyping will never be a bargain, but it’s essential that all changes be included in the agreed price right from the very start.
iv. Say NO to a “marriage.”
You select with whom you want to work at all times. Therefore, the prototype’s technical information has to be yours.
Don’t let them mess with you; put it in writing.
v. Avoid a black box.
Work with professionals who are willing to periodically show the results.
It’s important that your vision doesn’t get lost in the process of manufacturing the prototype.
With these tips, I don't intend to sell you anything. I am fulfilling my commitment to support our community of inventors.
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