As a young teenager my dad would take me to the James E. Faust Law Library at the University of Utah. He was doing research for the first invention he wanted to patent. He was always inventing things, but this was the first one he was really serious about.
He would give me a list of patent numbers and I would locate the book that each patent number was published in and document my findings. He had a system he used to track which patents could be excluded and which patents needed to be researched further.
I also remember his prototyping process. He started by welding and bending steel, then he transitioned to fiberglass and resin, and then to plastic. He produced a number of iterations using a variety of materials before he discovered the best material and manufacturing process.
Technology has changed a lot since my dad patented his invention, however, the principles remain the same. At TiNTiC, we help inventors like you invent so you can focus on what you're good at and we can help you with the rest.