The Vine: August 3, 2012
I have a 7-year-old son who is a budding scientist, and he has come up with an idea for an invention. I have researched it, and I don't think his idea exists in the consumer marketplace. It's a great idea — very marketable, all of the technology exists — they just need to be brought together, and it's clever.
So of course, I have no idea how to help him. Neither his father nor I are scientists, and we don't have the technical expertise to even help him create a prototype.
What do you do when your child has an invention? How do you help shepherd it into reality? With whom would you even talk to determine if the idea is viable?
Necessity (the mother of inventor)
I wouldn't know where to start either. I do think you need a patent lawyer, at some point, to represent and protect the product, but in terms of building a prototype or how you get it in front of manufacturers, I have no idea.
I can't wait to see what the readers have to say, though, because I am going to make this Bloody-Mary-to-go kit happen. Readers?
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