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Emjay
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Whats the first step...
« on: Aug 26th, 2004, 6:50pm »
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I know having a good idea is difficult, because the big problem is you can't share it with anyone at first. Could anyone point me in the right direction of what I should do first?
 
My idea uses several existing technologies but creates a new device using those technologies.  This device would be patentable right?  
 
I know if I present my idea to a large corporation they would love to develop this, but then again how can I guarantee I get my fair share?  
 
I would love to manufacture and develop this product myself but the biggest problem with this is capital and resourses so its really a dificult situation. In the end I would like to develop the product myself and later licence the use of my product to 3rd party companies (thats the dream anyway).
 
Can anyone give me some advice on how to get started, I appreciate your help.
 
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Re: Whats the first step...
« Reply #1 on: Aug 26th, 2004, 8:50pm »
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What you need is a patent (utility). You may patent the implementation, not the idea. Your implementation must be new, unique, and non-obvious. Additionally, you must deal with any prior art.
 
To get one of these patents, you can either 1.) file it yourself (read USPTO documents), or 2.) get a patent attorney to do it all for you. Number 2 gets preferential treatment, because time and experience are working against you.  
 
Note that if/when a patent issues, you effectively have a deadlock on your invention. This is when you begin making your rounds to various companies.
 
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Re: Whats the first step...
« Reply #2 on: Aug 26th, 2004, 9:23pm »
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Thanks for the reply W.
 
So I guess my real question was, (and this is an example) if I were to take a pair of sunglasses a gps system, and small lcd screens and make a gps sunglass unit could I patent it and protect my rights?
 
(haha thats not a bad idea btw)
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Whats the first step...
« Reply #3 on: Aug 26th, 2004, 10:42pm »
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Yes. But only if someone else has not already created such a system.
 
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Re: Whats the first step...
« Reply #4 on: Aug 26th, 2004, 10:44pm »
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Oh, and as a reminder (just in case anyone forgets): do not disclose your invention to these forums until you have either filed for a patent or talked with an attorney.
 
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