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When you strike on that big business idea, it can feel like all the stars aligning. Suddenly, you know what it is you’ve been working toward. THIS is what every effort you’ve ever made has been leading to. THIS is where you stand to make your millions.

No one can deny that this is one of the best moments for any entrepreneur. You may even have been dabbling with the wrong ideas for years to get here. When it comes to business matters, you can’t afford to get carried away. As exciting as it seems, this is the raw stage of your enterprise. As it stands, you don’t even know if your idea is original. Though you may have felt the gods were talking to you, it’s possible someone else has had the same experience with the same idea. If you jump ahead without checking, you could find yourself in trouble.

Once your product idea is born, it’s crucial that you do these things to protect your creation and the money you stand to make:

Do your research

First, you need to research. A quick online search can let you know whether anyone else has a similar product. Even if a product only has certain similarities, it’s worth making a note. In fact, you should jot down details of any products that worry you. At this stage, you don’t know much about where you stand. But you need to explore every avenue to ensure you aren’t stepping on any toes. Overlooking anything at this stage could prove fatal.

Get the law on your side

Your next step should be to work with a company that specializes in intellectual property law. This is the only way you can ensure the law is on your side. A legal team can use your notes to do extensive searches on existing products and patents. If the path is clear, they can copyright your product to ensure your idea is never stolen. They can continue to work with you to ensure your idea and company are as safe as possible.

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Check back at every alteration

It’s also worth noting that products often change from their original conceptions. During development, you may start thinking big about how you can improve and alter your product. However, bear in mind that changes could bring your idea closer to something already out there. For the most part, a patent search should allow you to see your scope for product creation. It’s worth referring back to your legal team about small changes, too. That way, they can renew the search to be extra sure you aren’t accidentally copying anyone else.

Shout loud and proud

Once you know for sure that your idea is unique and good to go, it’s time to shout loud and proud about what you’re doing. Letting the world know about your product is the best way to sell, and there’s no reason to keep things quiet anymore.

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