The Invention Design and Development Process
Whether you choose a design package or more extensive product development services, we have the solutions that can help you take your invention to the next step. Our various services involve a variety of different processes, but we ensure that you are kept in the loop throughout the development of your idea. Below are more details of each step involved.
Step 1. Contact Enhance
Either email us or call so that we can discuss your specific goals for your invention or new product. Otherwise, please feel free to provide the details of your invention by submitting it through our online form for a free review. The Nondisclosure Agreement is incorporated into the submission process so confidentiality is guaranteed.
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Step 2. Patent Search
We recommend that you perform a patent search on your invention to insure that it hasn't already been patented by someone else. You can perform the search with your attorney or utilize Enhance.
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Step 3. Select Package or Request a Quote
There are several packages designed to help you reach your goals, otherwise for more extensive work, such as engineering, prototyping or manufacturing sourcing, please contact us to discuss in detail for a tailored quote. The packages are designed with the inventor in mind, to help them visualize their products and capture interest from investors or a licensee.
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Step 4. Formalize Design Contract
Once you’ve selected your package, we will formally detail out the deliverables, estimated timeline and terms and conditions in our contract. Generally payments are made on 50/50 terms (50% at execution of the contract and 50% due upon completion/delivery) however larger projects, such as prototypes, are divided into phases with benchmarks to maintain transparency and insure project delivery. Payment plans may also be established after completion of a credit application.
Step 5. Design Work Performed, Reviewed and Revised
Enhance will develop your invention and provide you with updates upon completion of each step or phase. You work directly with your lead designer to insure that the designs are exactly as you want them.
Step 6. Completion and Delivery
Once all revisions are complete, we will provide your final design work in various file formats for your use in promotion or manufacturing. Product design work will be supplied in JPG, PNG and PDF for your use online or for printing, and the 3D CAD will be supplied in IGES, STL and SLDPRT to allow you to work with manufacturers directly.
Step 7. File the Provisional Patent Application
Once the design work is completed, file the Provisional Patent Application, which gives you 12-months of "patent-pending" status. This allows you to begin disclosing your invention to the marketplace to determine interest. This may be done through your own attorney or you can utilize Enhance.
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Step 8. Licensing (Optional)
After completing your design package, if you selected the Platinum or Gold packages, we will seek to get your invention licensed to make you royalties. We attend the major consumer market trade shows and will make personal presentations to decision makers at companies well positioned to sell your invention in high volumes. For more on licensing, click here.
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