The Services We Provide

Design Consultation

Mockups

Prototypes

Free Information On:

Affordable Patent Search

Free Non-Disclosure Agreement Or Confidentiality Agreement

Free Introductory Consultation

Samples

 

SMART RAVEN INNOVATIONS INC.

Prototyping and design consultation Providing Inventors with the Information & Services Needed to Launch Their Innovations

What Are The Services we Provide? Smart raven innovations Inc. is focused on providing innovators and inventors with:

  • Design consultation;
  • Mockups;
  • Prototypes; and
  • providing the information needed by innovators and inventors to take their ideas to the marketplace in the most cost-effective manner.

We are fully capable of creating virtually any product in any medium, including;

  • Silicone molds;
  • Castings made of plastic and resin in solid color or translucent custom tinted shades;
  • Vacuum forming of plastic parts and packaging;
  • Lathe and millwork; and
  • Electronic circuitry and software creation. (Visit "Wings Of Technology" link for more information regarding the service)

FREE introductory phone or email consultation, just e-mail us at sales@smartraven.com and we will be happy to discuss your innovation.

Design consultation

There are many things to consider when designing your product:

Is there a manufacturing process or more cost-efficient material that can be used that will lower the per unit pricing?

Does the present shape of the innovation create unnecessary cost in tooling if injection molds are to be used? What changes can be made to the innovation to provide it a greater usefulness and/or to enhance overall market appeal?

Does the innovation have a unique look or will it get lost among the myriad of other similar products on the market?

By refining your innovation you can help increase your products appeal to manufacturers, distributors and investors.

Mockups

A mockup is done prior to investing time and money in a prototype. It is usually made from simple inexpensive materials that are easy to mold and manipulate in a fashion that will give a reasonable representation of what the innovations end product will look like. The inventor signs off on all changes created during the mockup stage in regards to function or aesthetics to ensure he/she receives the product they want when the prototype is made.

Mockups are an inexpensive way to work through many of the design variables and feel out possible investors prior to starting the actual prototyping stage.

Mockups usually cost between $750 to $1500.

Prototypes

Many people don't bother to prototype their ideas and I feel this can be a mistake.

It's an odd fact that you don't need a functioning prototype to get a patent. The problem is how do you know your concept works until you've tested it?

It's true that prototyping can be expensive but it's much cheaper than a useless patent.

Prototyping allows you to see if your innovation works the way you think it will, it is often during the prototyping process that your innovation takes on a more defined existence allowing other innovations for your product to come through during the act of creation. This is important because the more unique your product is and the higher the number of unique features your innovation has, strongly affects your ability to receive a patent.

Also, you could spend $20,000 and then find out that the innovations you stated in your patent are not the same innovations you end up with in your working model? This creates two big problems:

No. 1 It creates loopholes in your patent allowing others to get around the need to pay you a royalty.

No. 2 If your patent has already gone through you will need to file another patent on your product to cover the new innovations and close those loopholes, this means spending possibly another $20,000.

A good patent lawyer can cover a myriad of different possibilities to ensure that there are no obvious loopholes in your patent application but a patent lawyer is not a designer. It's only by going through the process of bringing your vision into reality that the unknowns make themselves visible. How can your patent lawyer close a loophole neither of you knows is there?

Prototypes are much more involved and can take up to four months to complete and can cost anywhere from between $1000 to $16,000 and beyond. These amounts are based on providing the inventor with four prototypes as close to preproduction as possible.

Why four prototypes?

The simple fact is you need a minimum of four prototypes; one is for the inventor and the other three are to encourage licensing agreements and investment from manufacturers, distributors and investors.

Selling You're Idea

Another important reason for prototyping comes when you try to sell your idea to manufacturers and distributors. Many people opt to have 3-D graphic images done of their product instead of a tangible prototype. This is usually done for reasons of cost. Unfortunately a 3-D image is little better than an artist rendering because there is still no proof that the idea works.

Manufacturers.

Manufacturers may need to invest thousands of dollars of capital in creating a production line of your product. That cost goes up from there if none of the research and development has been taking care of by the inventor. If you want to increase your products appeal to the manufacturer you need to show them that the product works and there is no better way of doing this than providing them with samples.

Distributors.

The amount of product a distributor orders is directly related to the confidence they have in that product. Putting a working prototype into the hands of distributors can help create confidence that one; your product works and two; there's a market for it. How much easier would it be to raise capital with orders from distributors already in your pocket?

Investors.

Just because someone has money does not mean that they have imagination and if you can put your product in their hands the more likely you are to get their financial support. We have all put off buying a product for one reason or another, then when we finally did take the plunge we say "why did I wait so long?" Or "how did I ever get along without this?" It is this same type of excitement that a good prototype can create amongst investors.

Free information.

The information and steps provided below is what we use to develop a new idea. These steps are offered to you freely and without charge. They are here simply to provide you with more information.

Disclaimer.

Under no circumstances are they to be considered the right way or the only way to proceed. We at Smart Raven Innovations are not liable or responsible for any of the outcomes you may or may not receive by following the steps provided. Furthermore we strongly suggest that you discuss any information provided with a qualified patent attorney of your choice.

Step 1: Affordable Patent Search

A patent search is in our opinion the cheapest and best investment anyone with a bright idea can make. You can do-it-yourself by going to the U.S. patent office on line at www.uspto.gov web site. I prefer to use a company called Patex, for a modest fee of around $300 they will search the U.S. patent files and provide you with all applicable patents relating to your innovation. They will happily sign a nondisclosure agreement and fax it off to you along with the application form for the patent search. You will need to provide them with all relevant information you possess regarding your innovation and a good, clear drawing of your product certainly helps. Patex is located in British Columbia Canada and the web site is at www.patex.ca

Step 2: Free nondisclosure agreement (or confidentiality agreement)

Until you’re at least patent pending a good non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is essential. The one we provide to clients is available on request by e-mailing sales@smartraven.com and ask for the NDA long version. It can help to facilitate a free flow of ideas when you're not as worried that you're idea is going to be stolen. There is however no 100% guarantee that this nondisclosure agreement or any such agreement will protect you and we strongly suggest you have it reviewed by a lawyer. It will cost you considerably less to have your lawyer review it then it cost for a our patent lawyer to write it! Nondisclosure agreements are really only as good as the person you're having sign it. If someone takes your idea, you have to be willing to spend the time and money needed to go after them. So speak only to people on a need to know basis and tell no one of your idea without a signed nondisclosure agreement. Discussing your idea with others without a protection agreement in place or using your product or innovation in public may ruin your chance of becoming patented.

Step 3: Free introductory consultation

If your goal is to take your idea to the next level and make it a reality please contact us at: sales@smartraven.com and we would be happy to discuss your project with you further.

Samples.

The nature of prototyping puts us in contact with people's innovations well before they are patented so we, in the interest of our clients security are unable to make them public.

This limits the number of samples we are able to display but you will find below some examples of our work and digital type of digital photos we provide to our clients along with their prototypes. People who become our customers and in the process sign a confidentiality agreement will be able to see other examples of mockups and prototypes.