Physically Developing from an Idea

by ironwood18. Posted on Sep 16, 2020    0    4

Hi All,

So I’m gonna be broad in my description with you guys to protect any chance from my idea being stolen, but here is a random but practical example that explains the dilemma I am facing:

Say I thought of a great modification to the sprayer head of a cleaning bottle. Instead of a trigger type mechanism, it used something similar to the head of a spray paint can. I know the idea could potentially be impactful, but I have no idea on how to develop this idea into a physical product or outcome. Obviously, I don’t want to start producing plastic spray bottles, so I would want to license or sell my “modification” to a large manufacturer, such as Lysol. The issue faced is that I’m just your average Joe, and have no way of producing a spray paint can type mechanism in my garage. How do I go about either producing this idea into a physical product that I can show and propose to a company, or sell the idea without having it stolen?

So obviously I am not trying to reinvent the spray can here, but that pretty much describes the issue I am having. Got an idea I would like to sell to a larger company, but not sure the route I need to begin to do this.



  ironwood18 1

Just to be clear, the spray bottle is not actually my idea. I just made that up as an example to describe the dilemma to my idea.

AnonJian 1

>So obviously I am not trying to reinvent the spray can here

Right you're trying to reinvent the trigger sprayer obviously. Is this like a test or something?

Two issues. One is even trying to give away the idea is difficult if the company in question, such as Lysol, has no evidence of dealing with outsiders. The vast majority of companies will destroy anything that suggests it is an idea submission. They may have spent money, time and effort on the very idea and could be in the middle of launching just such a product, and now they hit a stumbling block and the possible PR nightmare of somebody bad mouthing them as a ripoff only due to happenstance. So getting paid is even trickier.

Next is making a case. Obviously you think your idea is inherently awesome. That is a term I came up for when, just hearing about a shower thought, you're like ... yes, Yes, Oh GOD YESS! ... Ideagasm. Problem being that is a made up term for a mental condition idea guys suffer from, bless their heart.

Um ... nobody else thinks that idea is 'awesome.' On your side it is the answer to everybody's problem. On the business side it is a stack of business, marketing and facilities problems that haven't been solved nor acknowledged.

We have people like this in business. We call them employees. They propose all manner of off-kilter idea -- such as a pressure spray can any eighth grader can go to a search enging and find as costing out at a $2.4 million dollar retool of a fill line (what bottlers call their production line, but you know that) without the inevitable glitches and workarounds, trial and error, and first production run.

One might get the idea the reason for the trigger sprayer in the first place is there is a production cost savings versus a pressure fill line. That one would be in stark contrast to nine-hundred-ninety-nine idea guys. Massive costs and liabilities shoved 'off books' being the trait of the Enron and the idea guy.

Without any sort of market proof anybody anywhere gives a damn. Everybody has employees who pepper everybody in management just like idea guys from outside. The ideas have no basis in reality, because some cubical monkey hasn't the faintest notion of what the production process is like. Production lines are just magical 'make stuff' machines ... Car ... Trigger Sprayer ... Star Ship .... there's just a big ol' cartoon knob on the side you turn to the thing you want out. The idea is always the 'hard part.'

You have to pay employees else the economy would collapse (I mean worse than it is.) You know these people within the company because their desk has been moved into the basement next to the boiler.

I like the idea guy. When I pop their little cartoon thought bubble and present the realities and reasoning, they tend to react like a five-year-old presented with the physics of rainbows. I have honestly gotten make-believe adults trying to "nuh-uh" me in retorts. Satisfied as any infant their intricate rebuttal of guttural noise has invalidated the argument.

This applies to about half these postings. Now all you have to do is substitute the keywords with your idea and the industry in question.

tll;dr It's a notion wrapped in a manic high of self aggrandisement. Pop it into the mail along with the bill and hold your breath. Because who the hell cares if what you spent forty-eight seconds on didn't pay off.

VegasOldPerv 1
  1. Search patents to ensure it isn't already patented.
  2. Apply for a patent.
  3. Have a lawyer draw up an NDA.
  4. Shop your patent to prospective buyers.
  5. Profit?
Putrid-Excitement 2

there is probably zero incentive to change to this new cap. It works well enough and they won't pay even cents to this new thing. 2 cents for millions of bottles is hundreds of thousands of dollars. The only way to go for this is if you see a certain product that does not work with a trigger sprayer, and yours is worth the extra cost. I could be wrong but it seems like a tough one. If you know how to make this thing, and sell the patent to a company then you could possibly do it. But, you should probably know a bit about how easy these things are able to be legally copied and stolen. Looking at how other people have sold some type of similar product will give you some insights to what you might want to do.