Fortunately, with my entrepreneurial background and experience writing business proposals, I was very familiar with answering such questions. Therefore, to save time, I decided to consolidate all of these questions into a universal format that could be used and/or adapted for any audience within the invention process.
The Importance : An Invention Business Plan is an effective communication tool for providing a clear and tangible description of your invention while conveying its viability and value. It tells a detailed story about your invention including what it is, how it works and why your invention is a believable business opportunity. It can generally be described as an organized all-in-one depository of everything you know or have learned about your invention. It includes every angle about your invention so as to be used as a reference point for the development and/or submission of audience specific requests. Having a broad audience scope allows it to be used as a collection of information which can then be modified or adjusted according to the audience in which it serves.
When submitting my concepts to invention hunts, licensing agents, manufacturers, retailers, engineers, and the patent office, I was asked many different kinds of questions. The questions ranged from "What problem does it solve?" to questions that required extensive research such as "Who is your target market?"
Suggested Retail Price: Base the suggested retail price on comparable market prices and other relative assumptions and factors. For example, if the invention combines the task of two or more existing products on the market, provide the cost of using those products separately and then demonstrate how your invention is priced such that it saves the consumer time and money. A good example is a food processor. You would provide the cost of knives, cutting boards, and the time it takes to cut everything. Whereas your invention, the food processor, is priced less than all of those things combined, plus you have the added value of convenience and time savings.
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