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Researching a Patent

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Piobaire, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    To the local legal eagles...how do I find out if an idea I had is already patented?
     
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    mordecai Well-Known Member

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    Google patents. You can send me the basic info if you want. You can't patent an idea btw.
     
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  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tip. You can patent a type of device though? This is an idea to make a very new and different type of an existing device. I am sure the existing device is not patented.

    If I'm reading you correctly you're offering to access Google Patents for me?
     
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    Spill the beans. What's the device?
     
  5. Piobaire

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    After a quick Google Patents search (thanks Mord) I'm going to stay quiet. There has been some various patents in this area but I think my modifications are pretty distinct. I am going to ponder this for a bit and might actually consult a patent attorney to see if my ideas warrant a patent.
     
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    I was offering to assist in the search, but if you have a little money for it Consult an attorney. They may recommend doing a little preliminary work and ordering some drawings in order to file a provisional application whIle you determine tge claims and research prior art.
     
  7. Piobaire

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    Does one need to build a prototype or will drawings and claims be enough?
     
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    Don't spill the beans. Posting something here could be used as prior art against you if it's sufficiently detailed and you wait too long to file a patent.
     
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    No prototype (is usually) needed.

    If its a mechanical device, as I suspect it is, drawings, written description, and claims is enough to get started.

    As always, get a lawyer in the field.
     
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  10. Piobaire

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    Thanks.
     
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    Yeah, don't be this guy

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    Damn, I'm excited one of own could be the next Edison! :nodding: Good luck Piobear
     
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    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Heh, this is a pretty minor thing but might worth an hour with an attorney I think.
     
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    Transparent aluminium?
     
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    If your device is simply taking an existing device and rounding the corners on the device, I regret to inform you that Apple already owns the patent on that.

    All kidding aside, good luck.
     
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    You can also check the USPTO directly - www.uspto.gov - for US patents and/or WIPO for international patents - www.wipo.int.
     
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    In my experience, the process of obtaining a Provisional Patent; and even moving to a full Patent Application; is relatively straight forward if you have plenty of time, very deep pockets and the patience of a Zen Monk.

    What is more complex and even more important to consider from the outset, is what you do with the Patent(s) if/when you have them....and thats food for a whole other discussion.

    Something you might consider as an alternative path, is a simple design registration followed by a swift move into some form of commercialization... if thats your goal.
     

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