November 3, 2016 4:29 pm

Maybe you were in your kitchen making dinner or perhaps you were tinkering with your car in the garage, but lo and behold, an invention idea has dawned on you. First of all, congratulations! Everyone has ideas, but it takes a special kind of person to want to pursue their vision. If you’re ready to take action, read on to learn the first steps to take after an invention idea comes to mind.

Write it Down

Ever have a really great dream, but a few hours after waking up, you can no longer seem to remember it? Don’t let this happen to your invention idea! When you have an idea, write it down in a notebook or in your phone. Explaining it on paper (or a screen) will also force you to think more about it and could lead to further developments. By writing down your invention idea somewhere safe, you prevent forgetting about it and may even inspire yourself to brainstorm more details of your idea.


Although your idea belongs to you, it is possible other people have had similar ideas. Do a little preliminary research to find out about the uniqueness of your idea. It’s possible you could have thought of something completely new, or maybe through your research, you determine you need to tweak your idea a little so it is unlike anyone else’s creation. This preliminary research can help you determine how unique your idea is and prepare you for the next steps.

Sketch It

Verbally describing your idea is great, but you also need to be able to show what it looks like. Don’t worry if you’re not an artist – a simple sketch will do! Drawing your invention idea will help you to visualize it and get the idea out of your head and onto paper. Plus, when it’s time to disclose your idea to others, you’ll already having a drawing to show. If you’re computer savvy, you may also want to look into various programs that can help you create a technical drawing. If you’re really an overachiever, go ahead and start on your first handmade prototype; it’s ok to create this out of materials you already have laying around your home.

Call InventHelp

InventHelp can help inventors of every stage of the invention process. We help everyday Inventors patent and submit their ideas to companies. With 30 years of experience in the invention industry, InventHelp has the tools to get you started with your invention idea. Request free inventor information here or call 1-800-INVENTION.

Consider Protecting Your Idea

Your InventHelp sales representative can provide you with more information about patent referrals. A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. InventHelp does not offer patent advice but can refer you to a patent attorney.

Thinking of an invention idea is exciting. When your brain is swarming with plans and ideas, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or confused about what to do next. It doesn’t have to be hard – write your idea down, research, sketch it, call InventHelp, and consider protecting your idea. Happy inventing!

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