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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.

Kristina Poindexter
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It's hard to say exacly how much time I might put into an idea or concept but usually it is a lot and takes place over several months in most cases. I have not come up with ideas for just specific searches yet. Like for example, the Church & Dwight was extremely challenging for me to think of anything for that search requirement. So there is several hours of pondering in my spare time with nothing to show for it. 

Typically I will have an idea and I try to write it down the best that I see it and then I will obviously do a Google search and more often than not, I will see someone has already invented something similar or nearly the same and the idea usually stops right there.

In the case I have an idea and I start doing some searching and do not come up with anything similar or related, I will keep doing more and more diligent and fine searching through Google Patents and often times searching in Spanish, German, French, etc. to see if if Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo!, etc. find different things and I always search through the images as well. I will visit the local stores and look at related stuff as well and see how many they are offering for sale. So after all this research is completed I am guessing it could be anywhere from 5-10-20 hours or so depending on what the idea is.

Building a protoype can be very time consuming and take many hours to get it just right, then filming the prototype will often times take several hours of mental thought on how best demonstrate it in a video and the filming, editing, sound level adjustments, etc. 

All and all I would say one could easily spend 50-60+ hours or more coming up with an idea, doing research, building a protoype, dealing with patent issues, producing a demonstartion video, submitting to Edison Nation or possibly other companies if one chooses to fly solo. 

And Robert is right, this number could be signifigantly higher by perfecting one's prototype and getting it to work excatly as intended.I have built numerous prototypes for one idea I had and it took several months after work in my garage, building and perfecting what I was trying to accomplish. TONS and TONS of time can be spent, one has to watch that your spouse or kids don't get upset with your inventing time. ;)

Robert Pontius
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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.

Robert Pontius
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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. 

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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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