Services to Inventors and EntrepreneursJoin our free Enterprise Service to get free access to online tools and advice. To get started click to request our free Discovery Pack. Click the menu button above to see all our services or check our Frequently Asked Questions.
We can help with everything from, a Worldwide Patent Search,
how to patent an idea , protecting ideas with patents, registered designs, and trade marks through to prototype development, funding, manufacturing and marketing. No idea is too small or too big. See some Success Stories.
Our HistoryTrevor Baylis Brands was started by Trevor Baylis, the famous inventor of the Clockwork Radio.
We have been helping inventors for 20 years.
We have helped over 10,000 people with great ideas. Together with our Associates Design 2 Market who specialise in Product Development we deliver a complete solution to people at every stage from initial idea to manufacturing and distribution.
Protecting IdeasProtecting your idea is very important. See our Page on Protection.
We explain what types of protection are available and how to get them.
We have included links to the videos provided by the Patent Office that are an excellent introduction to the subject.
Business Mentoring & Masterclass Workshops For more advanced projects we can provide invaluable mentoring and expert support from experienced professional Directors.
We run workshops where you can talk to experts and learn how to develop ideas. Come to our next Innovation Masterclass for expert help and advice.
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Getting an Idea Started
How to get started with a new idea
Prepare a description of your idea including simple drawings if it is a product. You need to get it down on paper for your own benefit before you talk to anyone else.
It doesn’t need to be complicated. Just get the essential facts clear. Incidentally you get automatic copyright protection for any documents, descriptions, drawings, photographs and CAD representations that you create.
Our Information Pack explains how to describe your idea. If you want to get a patent for your idea we can help with Patent Searches and advice.
There may be simpler and cheaper ways of protecting your idea and we can advise you.
Check to make sure the idea works and is new
Check that the idea has not already been implemented by someone else with a Patent Search, and that it works technically if it is a product.
Our Discovery Service can check all this out for you. If you need help with your idea from other people make sure that you use a Confidentiality Agreement. You can get an example agreement from our free online services.
Make sure that the rights in any design work or prototypes that you buy are assigned back to you. By default they belong to the Designer.
Protecting the Idea
Protect the idea to be sure it is yours
Decide on a plan to protect the idea and ensure that it remains yours. It is important to do this first.
You could easily lose the rights to your idea. It may be impossible to do anything about it if you leave it until later.
You could protect the function, appearance, and name of the idea or product. Click here to find out more.
You may also need to check the availability of web site names and company names as well as trade marks to avoid conflicts.
You should use confidentiality agreements until you have intellectual property protection in place. We can help with all this as part of our Discovery Service.
Choose the right kind of protection
Protecting ideas need not be very expensive and the cost can often be spread over time.
Our page on protecting ideas explains the different types of protection and when you should use them.
The Patent Office fees are currently £280 for a Patent, £60 for a Registered Design and from £200 for a Trade Mark or brand name.
Click here for the Patent Office Guides and Forms.
Of course there may be other costs for professional help with these and for designs and prototypes.
This is why it is vital to use our Discovery Service to establish that the idea is viable before spending money.
Minimising the Risks
Minimise the risksYou should not spend any significant amount of money unless there is a reasonable chance of getting it back. Make sure that the idea is protected by Confidentiality Agreements or Intellectual Property protection. Have a look at the Patent Office Video Guides.
Don’t make expensive prototypes or buy stock for sale before you have someone seriously interested in buying the idea and you have it protected. This way you can minimise your risks.