I met with a new client yesterday and they had some brilliant inventions! Three of them! All of them have potential. This weekend I’ll get on to the research part of things and see where to go from there. I’m excited, this will be fun.
As I did my research, it seemed not very promising for my client. However, as I considered what I had found I came to the conclusion that my job is to provide options rather than just find if something exists, so I will have some more research to do this weekend before I call it finished.
The news for my client is better now that I have done some more research. Although one thing is still evading my searching. I may have to just thumb through a whole lot of stuff to find what I’m looking for.
I have finished my research, written up my report, and visited with my client. There was some good news, and some not so good, but that’s how it goes. Of the three initial invention ideas he started with, one was already patented, one was patented a long time ago, so he can still make a company surrounding the idea even if he can’t patent it, and the third can be patented, and he can either manufacture them himself, or licence it to a company to make. All-in-all, not bad.
Isolated Ambitions is a company to help inventors. Inventing is a messy, frustrating, time-consuming, and sometimes costly effort. Especially if you are doing it alone. With a little help from people familiar with the process, it can take a lot less time, and a lot less frustration, and more accuracy. At the time I am writing this, we’re mostly a research company, but we have hopes to expand when we are able.
My first project is on standby, which I still hope to accomplish at some point. My second project has gone bust. So, all there is to do is to go forward. I have a folder with many ideas in it, so I am going through them and fishing out the ones that I can actually make myself, or at least know how they could be made. Some are already outdated, but there are still some great ones in there. I found twenty two that I can go forward with, and this time, I’ll do the research the right way first.
Doing the research cut the count down to two. Unfortunately those two won’t be big sellers even in a good market. I didn’t find them for sale anywhere, but I still need to see if they are patented, which is a whole other process.
I did my patent research, and was unable to find either one, which is good. however, I can’t seem to get myself excited about either of them, so I’ll just be working on clients’ projects for now. I’ll revisit these two later.
Until I went through the process of trying to get a patent, I didn’t really understand what it entailed. One of the points that stuck out to me was the concept of idea vs. invention. There are many great ideas out there, but you can’t patent an idea, you can only patent an invention.
For example, I have had two people come to me with something to patent. (This was all done in the wrong way, since being a very new company, I am working on getting to the right way to do things.) Anyway, one had an idea, and the other had an invention. The invention was very simple, and dealt with art philosophy that I didn’t understand, and sadly, I lost contact with that person, and I hope they get back in contact with me. At first it was beyond me, but I eventually did the research on it, and it’s an interesting invention. The one that was an idea was a good idea, with a lot of potential for profitability, unfortunately, it was just an idea, they had no idea how to make it work.
This is the difference between an invention and an idea. Only when you can build it yourself, or are able to explain it well enough to someone in that field that they can build it, only then is it an invention rather than just an idea. I can have the great idea of having a single pill to cure most forms of cancer, but until I figure out how to do that, it’s just an idea.