I hold several patents for things that I have invented, and one thing that you should know is that ideas are cheap. If you ask anybody, they will be able to come an idea that is original and will be a real money maker. These ideas will almost always be followed up with “if I only knew how to make it.”
In order to go from idea to invention, you have a couple of options:
The first is to have a lot of money and pay people to make those inventions for you. This will usually require a LOT of money, however, so unless you have a few million to spare, and lose if it turns out it is not possible to make your idea into a viable product (this happens more often then not), this is a no go. This is why very few small businesses have R&D departments. The owner/owners will generally fill that role until the business makes enough money to actually spend on an actual R&D department.
The second option is to identify the field(s) that you will need to possibly make your product yourself and become educated in those field(s). This will usually take many years of formal study (I spent 10 years in school studying nuclear physics plus several more doing research in the same field before I had my first patent). After you have developed the product, you can either go out and try to secure financing to develop and sell your product (you had better have a GREAT business plan and sales skills just to get the money do this, let alone succeed), or you can sell the rights to your product to someone else to develop. This is what I do, just because I have no interest in running a business. I am a scientist and have no desire to build and run a business. My research and teaching are more important to me.[/quote]
Thanks for your input.
My plan so far is to take a product, and build my idea to it. (best way i can think of to describe what I am trying to accomplish) Then I can remove my invention from the product and work on making it applicable to others by just purchasing my product and adding it to existing products. To build my invention would not require me to do any additional studying. i already have the knowledge base needed to build it. It is just basic electronics, machanical, and weight calculations that are needed.
I honestly believe that the product(idea) sells itself. It helps the enviroment at the same time eventually saving anyone that uses it money in the long run. I think if I even had the productt made and contacted the local news station the local government, schools, everyone that already have the base product would want to add my product to theirs. It really is a win win. I do want to make money from it, but I also know it is needed, and helpful.
So, make the product, patent the product and start reaching out to businesses that already produce and sell the base product. Just do it right?