Mako’s Simple Invention Assistance Processes
Free Consultation and NDA
As always, 100% confidentiality is guaranteed. Before doing anything, we sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to protect your idea. After signing an NDA, we review your invention idea internally, analyse any relevant details to understanding your product and the market, put together relevant notes on your invention, then meet with you via phone or in person to discuss your produce idea and provide advice. We love talking about new ideas, so feel free to contact us anytime!
Step #1 | Product Design, Development, and Research
The first big step that every successful inventor takes is completing the industrial design of their invention. This is the critical step where your sketches, notes, diagrams, research, etc. is pooled together, analysed, researched, and developed to create real mechanically engineered Computer Aided Design models of your invention.
Our design costs are the lowest in the industry – Since inventors are usually on a limited budget, we provide these services at low cost in order to get our clients as close to a retail-ready product on a budget, so that they can start making sales and income as soon as possible.
Step #2, Option #1 | Licence or Sell Your Idea and Designs
After you have completed the CAD Design and invention research, there are two options you can take. The usual method is to develop a working model and a manufacturing supply chain for your invention (Step #2 below); however, if you are on a shoestring budget then you can attempt to sell or licence your invention designs to a big firm. If this is the route you choose to take, then Mako would file a Provisional Patent to protect your designs, so that you could then try and licence them out without risking the licensor stealing your idea. It is critical that, before attempting to licence, sell, or raise financing for your product, that you first develop detailed CAD designs, research, and intellectual property protection on your product (stuff we do in Step #1 above). Even if you do just want to licence out your idea instead of building the business yourself, it still may be a good idea to do a working model – This is not required; however, will yield significantly higher success rates than without. Contact us for more detailed information based on your specific invention idea.
Step #2, Option #2 | Prototype / Working Model
Using the final design, we utilize our partner facilities in Canada, the US, and China to create a manufactured sample of your product – We utilize the quality of North America to ensure a great product and the low-costs of China to save you money. The final prototype that we produce here will be a 95% to 100% exact version of the retail-ready product. Since it is a fraction of the cost to complete prototyping in China as opposed to North America, we don’t do any mock-up prototyping, printed prototyping, or crude prototyping, as they are a waste of your money – The only thing you need to make sales is the final version of your real product and the manufacturing costs (both of which we provide in this stage).
After completing the prototype and having it approved by you, we conduct a complete supply chain sourcing to find low-cost manufacturing for your invention. We get you exact guaranteed pricing to mass manufacture your product at different volumes so that you can start selling product and making money!
Once you have the working model and manufacturing pricing, retail store buyers can now start placing orders. They review your product, and if interested, will purchase units of your product – You can negotiate the prices with them to determine how much profit you make, or we can help you with the process. There are so many ways to sell your product after completing Stage 2, we would have to write pages on it, so instead feel free to contact us today for more information!
No matter what direction you want to take with your invention, ensure that you Contact Us for some tips and advice on your specific project. We’ve been helping inventors get onto store shelves since 1999, so at a minimum, we can give you some direction on your project.
If you are a first time inventor with a new invention idea, again, take a moment to read through our Invention Manual here: http://www.makoinvent.com/free-invention-kit/.
There is also some great information on our Frequently Asked Questions page here: http://www.makoinvent.com/faq/
I wanted to say thank you for all your time, commitment and effort that you and your team at Mako Invent gave me during my entire invention process. You and your team were always very responsive, detailed, and helpful with answering all questions I needed to know to understand my invention and to move forward to the next stages at a timely fashion. Once again thank you very much and I look forward to meeting you in person. Thank you very much.Tony G., Resistance Vest Inventor