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How much time do you put in?

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Fun question / topic: so when a sponsored search is presented, I get the "aha" solution within a couple of days of thought.  However, prototyping and presentation probably consumes 20 to 40 hours each (i do often get to G7, but never G8).  How much time do you put in?

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On average I probably spend an hour actually writing the submission and 2 hours researching competitive products.

Sketching, 3D modeling, rendering, and prototype development varies widely for me but probably takes on average another 10-15 hours.

On some of my EN submissions I've probably spent 100-200 hours experimenting with the basic principle and tinkering and "playing" with proof of concept rigs and rough prototypes and then refining down to a finished "hero" prototype.

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On some submissions, I put in a whole heck of a lot of time and effort, and on other submissions, I barely even bother with them.

A lot of members see these sponsored searches as opportunities to fame and fortune, some members just want to make a few bucks while other members want nothing more than to help other people.

As for me I just do this to keep my brain from turning to mush and oozing out my ears.

The time I spend on an idea/concept depends entirely on how much interest I have in that idea/concept. I could literally spend days and or weeks on a search and either submit or not. I have, at times spent weeks upon weeks on a submission and at the end of it all, I don't submit. After all that effort, looking at the finished concept it dawns on me that it's either a poor fit for that particular search or it's just a bad idea that doesn't work.

So basically, the time spent on any search depends entirely on the interest level of the individual submitting and their goal(s) for submitting.

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I'm kinda of the same way, Bill.  Overall, I don't do that much patent research because no matter how hard I look, there can always be something out there that I missed... it's not worth my sanity to go through all that!  I spend more on product research online and in stores. 

Robert Pontius
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Kim--I agree with Chase.  At least go on www.google.com/patents and invest an hour or two checking for similar ideas (with simply the same effort and thought process of looking for similar products on any search engine).  You may save a lot of wasted effort if it already exists.  If EN cannot patent your idea, that makes it far less appealing.

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