You should write your answers out on paper so you can review it at a glance.
So you believe you have the latest and the greatest idea, now what?
1). Does your invention improve on something that's already out there? If so How?
2). Is your invention cost effective, or is it too expensive to justify it in the current market place.
3). If your invention is something completely new, is there a big enough market for it? Who will be buying it?
4). Does your invention save Time / Money or both to the buyer? How?
5). Have you done a patent search on the U.S.P.T.O website to see if someone else has already invented your idea?
This should be done by a professional as well if you found nothing that comes close to your idea.
6). Have you searched for a patent attorney in your state first that specializes in your type of patent? Look in your state first.
Don't fall for those TV or Radio ads you hear.
7). Have you done a search on a patent attorney by there name at the U.S.P.T.O to see if they have any lawsuits filed against them by the U.S.P.T.O?
8). If you intend to use some company to patent and market your idea have you done a search by that companies name at the U.S.P.T.O?
You should also find out the names of the corporate officers and search there names as well.
9). Do you have drawing's or a prototype model of you idea? Your going to need one or the other.
A prototype or "visual display model" is the best if you can make one. I make mine out of wood, it's cheep and easy to work with.
Try the local Arts and Craft store in your area as well or just surf the web for supplies to build your prototype.
A prototype or "visual display model" can also help you work out the bugs in your idea.
10). Have you started a Non-provisional application thru a patent attorney? This is your first big step.
I highly recommend you answer and follow thru on the first 9 questions here before starting on number 10.
A good patent attorney may charge up to$1,500.00 or more for the Non-Provisional application and the professional patent search.
The patent alone can run you up to $10,000.00 or more so do your research first.