Approaching a product manufacturing company with a unique, exclusive, and an out-of-the-box product concept can be sometimes challenging and irritating. This is because some product development firms intend to gamble with profits by developing custom, unproven, commercial products, and on the other hand, no business owner would love to see the rejection of his/her product idea. But, if you are planning to develop your product natively ors offshore, there are some important points to consider making sure that you endorse your concept commendably and that producers take your product idea seriously.
1. Make Sure Your Product Idea is Original
Always arise with an exceptional product idea. It is recommended to do some investigation / survey to make sure that the product identical to your concept does not exist in the market, and no one owns the copyrights or the pattern rights to it. As a help, you can visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) patent database at http://patft.uspto.gov/
2. Consult a Qualified Engineer
Once you are sure that your product idea is original, consult a skilled product engineer who is proficient in new product design and development. As per the news published on businessweek.com, an experienced product engineer can give you valuable suggestions on manufacturing materials and design possibility. Additionally, he or she can also aid you calculate production costs.
3. Protect Your Original Product Idea
Never share your product ideas openly with others. First step is to execute a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with engineer/firm which will protect both your Intellectual Property your Proprietary Rights to your new product idea. As the engineer has aided you to solidify and strengthen your product idea, you should consider application for a Provisional U.S. Patent. For detailed information, and to have the appropriate forms and guidelines, please visit the USPTO website at http://www.uspto.gov/
4. Create a Computer Aided Design
After establishing NDA protection and considerations for registering your concept / idea to the USPTO, create a computer aided design (CAD) model of your product. This 3-D model of the concept will demonstrate all of your product’s dimensions, and will let you share your concept / idea to determine its manufacturability. For this step, you may require the assistance of a qualified graphic designer.
5. Create a Prototype of Your Design
As you are ready with the 3-D model of your concept, build a prototype under the guidance of a professional prototyping company. While a 3D computer model can provide product development companies an primary impression of what they are dealing with, a well-made, physical prototype of your idea that functions well power a manufacture’s decision in going with your idea / concept.
6. Develop a Business Plan
After an initial discussion, a product manufacturing company that you hire will ask you about the quantities you want to produce, its distribution channel, and the associated costs. As per BusinessWeek.com, having as a minimum a one page summary that includes all of this related details will thump a serious impression on manufacturer’s mind.
Tips and Warning
Be professional with your new product idea. Always remember, when you are going to meet a product manufacturing company that is attracted in your product concept/idea, move ahead as politely and skillfully as possible. Hiring an established product manufacturing company will benefit you in getting your idea professionally produced. Be conscious of suspicious patent companies that request large sums of money with no results.
New or custom product design and development are a complicated process. An idea is just an idea until you take the essential steps to make it a reality. Before approaching a product development company with your product ideas, don’t forget to do your study. It has been observed that potential products and merchandise fall flat due to the lack of knowledge, limited resources, and limited budget.
For more information on new product development, you can contact GID (a product manufacturing company located in California) at www.gidcompany.com