Helping People with Great Ideas

Our Background and History

Trevor Baylis presents Nelson Mandela with a Clockwork RadioTrevor 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

Help & Advice from Trevor Baylis BrandsWe 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.
Trevor Baylis CBE in his workshop
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 'Get Our Help Now' button 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.

Trevor Baylis CBE
 Trevor Baylis CBE
Read about how to protect your ideas using Patents, Registered Designs, Copyright and Trade Marks.
We explain the science behind some common invention ideas.
We explain the issues with windup devices.
Read about our President and Founder, Trevor Baylis CBE.

Our Discovery Service

So you have a new idea for a product, process, or maybe even a business but no idea how to get started.
You might even doubt the value of your idea or feel nervous about acting on it.
That's where TBB comes in. We will evaluate your idea in four key ways:
     - Does your idea work in principle?
     - Has anyone else had your idea?
     - Can you protect your idea?
     - What are the chances that anyone will want your idea?
Our promise is to help you make the right choices about your idea with an honest and well informed approach, whilst not selling you services that you don't need.

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. 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.

Protect the idea and make sure that you own it

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. You 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. 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 use our Discovery Service to establish that the idea is viable before spending money.

Use the free help that is available

Many 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 Discovery Service delivers a lot of free help and advice and when you need it we 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 or 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 advice

We 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 'Get Our Help Now' button on any page to request a free information pack and join the service. There is no charge to join and we will automatically post you the pack for when you are ready to move on.
clockwork gears
We can help you protect your idea to make sure that it stays yours.
Our Protecting My Idea page explains the options with links to some
great Patent Office Video guides.
If you talk to anyone else about your idea you should always use a Confidentiality Agreement. Our online service provides you with an example agreement free of charge and you can get helpful advice as well.
When you join our service we send you our Confidentiality Agreement so that you can talk to us knowing that we will keep your idea confidential. As part of our online service you can also create Confidentiality Agreements to use with other people like designers and manufacturers.
Trevor Baylis CBE and his Radio
Trevor Baylis CBE and the Clockwork Radio
Trevor is still the President of the Company

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John Grant MBE, our Patent Attorney, and his team can advise you how to protect your ideas

 Will anyone
my idea?

 Is it original and can I protect it?

Is my idea possible?

So I have an idea,
what's next?

The Value of Our Discovery Service

Unlike many companies offering innovation services we only offer you what you need at a fraction of the costs that others charge.
When starting your innovation journey you do not need a number of services until you know that it is viable; including prototyping, product development and intellectual property protection.
You do not want to spend thousands only to find that the idea has been done before, or is not even possible. We will help you avoid those mistakes for the low cost of only £299. Just apply for our free Discovery Pack now to get started.
Get a Free Discovery Pack to Evaluate Your Idea