Do you have a great product concept that you want to make more commercially attractive? Are you considering patenting your concept? If you’d like to increase the probability of acceptance for your patent application or the quality of your product design, consider working with an industrial designer. Hiring an industrial designer will help you refine the design of your idea and provide valuable assistance in the development of your patent application.
An industrial designer is an engineer that focuses on the appearance and use of a product. An industrial design engineer is experienced in combining both art and science to create products that are both functional and aesthetic. They can help you examine the functionality of your concept, and refine the efficiency and effectiveness of its operation. Professional industrial designers occasionally work in teams because some have a stronger engineering background, while others have a more artistic background.
Using an Industrial Designer for Product Development
When you’re developing a concept for a commercial product, an industrial designer can:
- Improve the aesthetics of the product or system by creating a look that is attractive and unique to your product and/or company
- Improve the ergonomics of the product or system, making it easier and more comfortable to use.
- Improve the usability of the product or system by simplifying the functionality or operation and reducing the required learning curve to use the product or system
- Improve the marketability of your product or system by making it more attractive to potential buyers.
Using an Industrial Designer for Patent Applications
While an industrial designer can be a great resource for product development and helping you to create a product or system that is more commercially viable, an industrial designer can also be a valuable partner when creating patent applications. Every patent application must include detailed descriptions and drawings of the invention, and all must be presented in a very specific format. The descriptions and drawings have to convince the patent reviewer that your invention is novel, and the patent drawings have to reflect those claims.
Because of the specific formats and requirements for the description and drawings in a patent application, hiring an industrial designer that is intimately familiar with the patent application process can help to develop both the description and the drawings and improve the probability of acceptance of your application.
It’s often beneficial to hire experts to help you in your business to fill gaps in your in-house expertise, and hiring an industrial designer is no exception, whether you want to improve the overall design of your concept or whether you are filing a patent to protect your intellectual property.