I’m new to inventing and entrepreneurship. I also plan to take my product to market myself. I’m currently still working on prototypes but I want to make sure I’m doing things right and that I’m protecting myself properly.
I’d like to get the most out of the one year period before filing for a formal patent and file my provisional patent application right before I start trying to raise funding. But first I’ll need market research and manufacture price quotes to find an estimated cost point so I know how much funding I’ll need and put together a solid business plan. I understanding that working with manufacturers for the best way to make my product and feedback from market research can cause me to change my product. I fear that if I filed the provisional patent application to early I will change my product and weaken the initial timestamp of the provisional patent.
Should I file my provisional patent application before reaching out for market research and manufacture quotes or can is it common to use NDA’s?