By 2020, it has been increasingly hard to avoid patent scams. They are all over late-night ads, internet pop-ups, and email scams. You cannot simply patent an idea, an unfortunate stipulation. A patent does start with an idea though, an idea is always the first step to any great thing.

The first lesson is as follows: sometimes, achieving an invention is not as difficult as you may believe. Frequently it is the person who has created something innovative that believes their work is not inventive when it truly is unique. For most humility is not a problem.

The first step, after the idea of course, is to create some sort of strategy. You need to have enough details to your idea to make it categorized as more than an idea. Sit down with your idea and flesh it out to a larger plan. Keep separate documents for musings, sketches, and doodles surrounding your project. It’s essential to have as much physical proof as possible to your idea. If your idea turns into a success, you’ll want to be able to properly trace your steps.

To move closer to the patent phase, you’ll need to turn your idea into an actual invention. Whether it’s a physical invention, a scientifically backed up process, or a fully fleshed-out plan of action, you’ll need to have the actual evidence of your idea.

Once you have your idea, notes, and invention you are able to fully attempt a patent. Engage with different documents and reviews on processes to see what avenue you can use to achieve your patent.

Be patient with yourself and with your process. Some of the best things take time, but are even sweeter for it in the end.