Question: What is required to file for a patent? Question Detail: I have an idea for a product that would be a simple household good. I do not have a prototype built, but I do have designs drawn and I can explain its design and use. Can I file for a patent without actually having built my invention?
Answer: Yes, a prototype is not needed to file a patent application. Your written description and drawings should be sufficient to enable a person skilled in your technology to make and use the invention.