Trevor Baylis Brands was started because Trevor, who is still the President of the Company, had such difficulties when he was trying to launch his famous Clockwork Radio invention. We set out to provide the help that was missing for him. Over the years we have worked closely with the UK Patent Office and British Standards Institution to improve the standard of help given to people with new invention ideas. Over the last ten years Trevor Baylis Brands has helped over 9,000 people with their invention ideas.
So if programmes like Dragons' Den inspire you to start a new business or you need help with a new invention, or even of you are considering using crowdfunding to finance your idea then you need to know the facts. If you don't, then at best you may be wasting time and money or at worst you could be sued for infringing someone else's rights. Just get one of our Packs from the Service Packs button at the top of this page and take the first steps on making your great idea a reality. We can evaluate your invention and give you advice about your idea that will help with technical issues as well as patent advice on how to protect it. The first step in protecting your idea is to do a worldwide patent search to make sure that it really is a new idea. Then you can start the patent process to protect your invention. If it is new and valuable then we have commercial services that can help you develop it.
Getting a great idea implemented can be a very rewarding experience. However there are some things that you must do if your idea is going to be a success. It must be original, it must work technically, and there must be a market for it. Our service is a very low cost way of finding out whether your idea qualifies. Our Inventor Discovery Pack tells you more.
Not sure what to do next? Trevor Baylis and our experts have listed our invention advice in our top ten tips for Inventors. So if you have ever asked yourself the question "How do I patent my idea or invention?" this is a good place to get invention advice. Read them now.
If you think that you might need a patent then it is important to find out if someone has already patented your idea. Although you may be convinced that your idea is unique, there are a lot of people in the world, and one of them may also have thought of the same idea as you.
So before you make a patent application to the UK Patent Office or spend money on prototypes and market research it’s a good idea to conduct a patent search. We can help you to make sure that your idea is properly protected by making a Patent Application.
If you have a design or idea that might be valuable then you should consider protecting it. In the UK the system of registration is run by the Intellectual Property Office and we can show you how to patent your idea by making an application for registration of your idea. It is free to do this in the UK.
When you have made your Patent Application you can use the term ‘Patent Pending’ to describe your idea. It is important that you get help to submit your patent because you need to make sure that the patent will stand up to the competition.
An important first step is to carry out a Patent Search to make sure that there are no patents already registered for a similar idea or design. A Patent Application cannot become a Patent if a similar idea has already been patented, even if the original patent has expired.
A patent search looks through all the patents that have been published to try and find ideas that are similar to yours. By finding out early if there are any existing patents you have the opportunity to modify or improve your idea. If you don’t do this you could be wasting a lot of time and money and be disappointed later.
You can search for patents at the Intellectual Property Office (formerly the Patent Office). To search the database effectively is quite an art and we can do a patent search for you after we exchange confidentiality agreements.
If you would like to speak to someone about what to do next you can contact us by phone or email and we will try and answer your question. You can download our Free Inventor Discovery Pack which contains our non-disclosure agreement and everything you need to get started. If your idea is valuable we may be able to arrange a licence with one of our extensive network of industrial partners.
Our services are for anyone that has a good idea and wants to get it checked out professionally and securely.
We help people of all types; inventors,entrepreneurs, businesses owners, and especially people with a good idea. We firmly believe that the secret of successful people is that they concentrate on those ideas that can be successful and abandon those that are not going to make it. What we do is help them decide.
We help inventors with free online services such as a Patent Search tool and Confidentiality Agreements. So in answer to the question how do I get help with my invention idea the answer is to sign up for the free services and read all the advice and help on this web site. When you are ready you can submit your idea to us and we will help you with it.
What do we do?
Our services and reports are fact based and we start by looking at the Intellectual Property in the idea. This can be a technical advance, an artistic design, or a new brand name. Depending on the type of idea we search Patent Databases, Design Registrations and Trade Mark directories to see if the idea, or something close to it, exists already. We compile this information into a report and give our opinion whether the idea can be protected based on what we have found.
Sometimes we find that the idea has been patented before, and then the decision is pretty clear. Often it is not so simple and we may advise that with some changes or clarifications the new idea could get some protection. We can help with applications to the Patent Office and completing the Patent Office forms including the Patent Application Form to register a patent. We can explain the process of how to patent an idea and why this should be used instead of trying to copyright a product. A UK Patent is not free but it is free to register a patent application and we can explain how. There is no such thing as a Global or Worldwide Patent but we can explain the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) system that lets you use the same Patent Application in multiple countries.
Protection of Business Ideas is best done using Trade Marks and Copyright protection. A Trade Mark is used to protect a Brand Name and Copyright protects business documentation and information.
If it looks as though it could get some protection then the next step is to look at it technically. We use experienced engineers and designers to check whether the idea is technically feasible. We may be able to suggest technical improvements to the idea or even suggest a different approach to the problem that might be better.
Finally we can offer a commercial opinion. We don’t pretend to be able to predict the next big idea. What we can do is provide facts about an idea that enables someone to make a judgment about it. For example, if it is difficult to get effective patent protection then it might not be wise to spend a lot of money developing a product that could be copied easily. Also, a lot of products for sale to the public are heavily regulated and it could be be expensive to get them certified for public use.
For those ideas that look like they could succeed we can advise on the best way of getting them to market. Often the lowest risk way is to license the idea to a company already making similar products, but we can also help start new companies if that is what is needed.
Our services are fully compliant with British Standards BS8538
So why not get started by downloading our Discovery Pack and start out on the journey to success?