Often the first step required is setting up ownership rights with the objectification being the invention. You will then profit off of your invention only if you have the proof that shows you were first to invent the potential product with your invention. This requires hard work, and a complete understanding of patent law. This also means coming up with an idea for the product as well, along with the amount of money needed to complete the product in the end.
Many individuals look to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for help with their patent applications. The USPTO is the steward of all United States patents and requires that all applicants to disclose relevant prior art prior to filing a complete patent application. USPTO staff can determine whether an invention meets the requirements necessary to file a complete application and can provide advice on whether a patent should be filed or evaluated further. If the USPTO determines that the invention merits a patent, it will send the inventor a letter of authorization that allows them to file a patent application in the United States.
A prototype of the product or process being patented is an important part of coming up with invention ideas. A prototype is typically a production model of the product or process that has been created and sent for testing to determine if it works in reality. Patent lawyers for the USPTO say that a large prototype will improve the likelihood that a patent can be granted. This is especially true if the product or process bears a resemblance to an earlier invention that was patented.