Great Ways to Invent – Get Incredible Features In Your Invention

By: Michael J Foycik Jr.
The author is a patent attorney with over 28 years experience in patents and trademarks. For further information, please email at, or call at 877-654-3336.

You want your invention to become a really successful product. You want it to be patentable. But you're not sure how. No problem! Here is one of the best ways to do it.

You'll first want to find unusual new things – products or novelties in search of a use. You want really great things, the kind that will inspire your creativity: new electronics, new compounds, new physics, and novel compositions with unusual features.

Those things are easy to find in the patent category for toys and novelties, because that is the haven for inventions in search of utility. Why? Because of the US Patent requirement for utility: no utility, no patent. So, if your utility is unknown, yet the invention seems interesting in some way, the easiest utility is as a toy or amusement device.

But how can you see those things conveniently? That's so easy – use an online search by class/subclass using the patent office web site. At the US Patent Office site, do a search by Class/Subclass. For toys, the Class is 446. Subclasses are by topic, for example 446/15 is for toys with soap bubbles.

You can find a topic by an index search, or by a manual of classification search. The steps are as follows. Go to the US Patent Office official site ( Click patents, which brings up a listing. Click the third item down, Classification. The topic you'll want for an index (word) search is “search USPC index schedule and definitions”, and the topic for a classification search is on the right hand side about a fourth of the way down called “browse listing of USPC Class numbers and titles.”