Are you an Inventor or a Product Developer?

inventor, product developer

inventor, product developer

These two terms are often confused and I believe it’s important to understand these different roles and their associated skill sets.

These skill sets are somewhat different and it’s a good idea to understand where one task ends and another begins.

An Inventor is a person who proves or demonstrates a technical solution to a problem.

Inventor Skills

  • Problem identification
  • Research of Existing Solutions
  • Create a new solution
  • Make Prototypes or models
  • Documentation
  • Validate and Test
  • Patent search
  • Understanding Patents
  • Consulting with Attorneys
  • IP Licensing


Product Developer Skills

A Product Developer takes a technical solution and creates a product.

*all Inventor Skills AND the following…

  • Industrial Design (Product Design)
  • Brand development
  • Product Safety
  • Packaging Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Sales/Presentation
  • Graphic Design
  • Wholesale/Retail Sales
  • **Outsourcing of all of the above


Success comes when you align our work with our personal strengths.

Don’t get caught spinning your wheels trying to do everything. You don’t need to have all the skills, but it’s important to understand the pieces of the puzzle and how they fit together.

One main skill which tends to unlock a lot of these skills is that of communication. If you are a good and intuitive communicator, it makes all of these tasks easier to do or easier to have other do for you. We will cover a lot about outsourcing for Inventors and Product Developers in other articles as well as in our course content.