Helping People with Great Ideas
Our Background and History
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 twelve years Trevor Baylis Brands has helped over 10,000 people with their invention ideas.
Who should use the Services from TBB?
Our services are for anyone that has a good idea
and wants help to make it a success.
Our services are fully compliant with
British Standards BS8538
We help people of all types; inventors, entrepreneurs, business owners, and especially people with a good idea. We provide Patent Searches, Intellectual Property Help, Technical and Design Advice and Product Marketing.
We firmly believe that the secret of successful people and businesses 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.
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 Information Packs from the button below 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 and product 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.
Give us a call on 01784 737050 or send us an email and we will do our best to help.
Get Our Help and Experience Now
Our experts can check these things out with a Patent Search and report back to you in confidence.
Just click 'Get Our Help Now' to get our free information pack and access to our online services.
It costs nothing to join and it might be the start of something big.
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 doesnít need to be complicated. Just get the essential facts clear. Incidentally you get automatic copyright protection for any documents that you create. Our Information Pack explains how to describe your idea.
Check to make sure the idea works and is newCheck 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. If you need help to do this make sure that you use a Confidentiality Agreement.
Make sure that the rights in any design work you buy are assigned back to you. By default they belong to the Designer.
You can get an example Confidentiality Agreement if you join the free Enterprise Service and we can check out your idea for you.
Protect the idea and make sure that you own itDecide 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. You need to check the availability of web site names and company names as well as trade marks to avoid conflicts. We can help with all this as part of our service.
Choose the right kind of protectionProtecting ideas need not be very expensive and the cost can often be spread over time. The Patent Office fees are £280 for a Patent, £60 for a Registered Design and from £250 for a Trade Mark. Of course there may be other costs for professional help with these and for designs and prototypes. This is why it is vital to establish that the idea is viable before spending money.
Use the free help that is availableMany resources are available for little or no cost. The Patent Office provides helpful guidance on Intellectual Property protection and provides search facilities. There are Web Search Engines for finding product information. Companies House lets you research company information. You should always take proper professional advice if you are unsure of what to do. The TBB Enterprise Service delivers a lot of free help and advice and can provide more in depth research and advice on an idea for a fixed fee of £299.
Minimise the risks
You 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 and Intellectual Property protection. Donít 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.
Join the Enterprise Service for more help and adviceWe realise that this can all seem rather daunting but it need not be. We can help you through the process and give you advice about the best way to proceed. Start by joining our Enterprise Service. Just click the button below to request a free information pack. There is no charge to join and we will automatically post you the pack for when you are ready to move on.
Our Protecting My Idea page explains some of the options and links to the Patent Office Video guides.
If you talk to anyone else about your idea you should always use a Confidentiality Agreement.
Our Free Pack includes an Agreement so that you can talk to us in confidence. As part of our online service you can also create Confidentiality Agreements to use with other people like designers and manufacturers.