The 10 Steps of Innovation

Step 1: IP Protection

IP Protection

IP submission may start with a provisional patent (one year placeholder while you make further developments or proof concept) or full blown patent submission. Costs are highly variable from web based platforms to patent agent to patent attorneys some of which may have specialty specific experience. A patent search (additional cost) may help you to see whether your idea has already been conceptualized. There is an 18 month window after a patent has been applied for and not yet recorded that you may not be able to access and uncover.

Step 2: Peer Evaluation

Peer Evaluation

Congratulations - now you have the opportunity to share, collaborate and gain credibility and support of your peers. You may find that your idea could hold the answer for a problem encountered by many or a few of your peers. Dependent upon the feedback you get, you may want to ask others to collaborate, further innovate with you, or decide that the advance it would offer would be hard to get adopted.

Step 3: Prototype


You have gotten to the step that involves building your new technology. You have IP protection and promising input from you colleagues. Now it is time to reach for engineering and design help. If you are a member, you can see the list of suggested service providers who can help you along with this step. You may need a model or a working prototype which may be 3D printed or built with lithographic technology. The data can be shared with your designer / engineer. Difficult steps in development might warrant collaboration and advice from colleagues. Dependent upon development costs, you may want to reach out to others for cost assistance but this involves sharing on the basis of the investment you are seeking. Once the prototype is built it will need vetting as it moves thru the process.

Step 4: Mechanical Testing

Mechanical Testing

Step 5: Redesign


Step 6: Package Design

Package Design

Step 7: Regulatory Testing and Submission

Regulatory Testing and Submission

Step 8: Manufacturing


Step 9: Clinical Evaluation

Clinical Evaluation

Step 10: Distribution