How to Design an Invention Prototype

Written By Steps To Faculty Published June 2nd, 2010

Designing your own invention is quite challenging as well as rewarding experience. A good invention should be well designed and appeal to a wide audience before you can realize any profit from your creation. A good design idea will definitely help you to set your invention apart from other competitors and you can continue with the patent application process. Following are simple tips on how to design an invention prototype:

Step 1 Keep a notebook

Write down all of your ideas in an inventor’s notebook. Write whatever ideas come to your mind and look for more inspirations around you. Add regular ideas per week in your notebook. By doing so, you will fine tune your invention idea, which will in turn simplify the prototype process.

Step 2 Look around

You can rate your ideas accordingly and make a list of pros and cons of the ideas. Then try to choose an idea that is unique from others. Get the latest copy of Invention magazine or go to and to see the types of invention that are selling and which ones are not.

Step 3 Draw

Collect a list of product attributes and draw out an illustration of your idea on paper. You can seek the help of an illustrator to draw your ideas while you are verbally describing it if art is not your forte. A list of illustrators can be found at

Step 4 Patent your invention

Do an online search with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website to look for patents that already exist for your idea. Hire a patent attorney to conduct the search for now ( File an official patent application with the USPTO to take your idea to the next level. This process can take several years so you should be patient, but by having a design prototype created you can substantially increase your chances of success and reduce the risk of your idea being stolen. You can also copyright or trademark your idea initially and begin the design process while submitting to the Patent office to get your invention on the market sooner.

You should strive to keep the design in such a manner that the overall costs of prototyping are minimal and at the same time be attractive and fully functional so that an invention company will easily accept your work.

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