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where and how to start
« on: Jul 8th, 2005, 3:10pm »
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recently, i got a great idea for a machine/device that would be a revolution on its field, and i havent got a clue what to do now, i live in a remote small country slovenia in europe.
any help offered would be great, what must i do, do i draw a concept, do i have to actually build the device (it vould be huge, and i would need a stupendous amount of money, that i dont have).
i have never patented anything before, so what do i do, do i need a lawyer that would help me (through some connections i could get a really good one)
also any help regarding losing patent rights, or someone fooling me, would be great
thx for all of your help
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Re: where and how to start
« Reply #1 on: Jul 8th, 2005, 4:55pm »
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Here are a few FAQs I've written to help with some of your questions:
1.  I have an idea but no money and have no idea where to start:
2.  How can I avoid messing things up for myself?  ("What's the Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Patents?):
3.  What are the Basic Requirements for a Patent?
That last one just barely touches on the adequacy of disclosure.  To answer your questions more specifically, you don't have to actually build the device, but you have to describe how to build it in enough detail that someone could actually build it themself.  The US has an additional requirement (called the "best mode requirement") that you describe any preferences you have for implementing your invention.  The concept should be drawn and the drawing(s) should be included in the application.  Whether you do that yourself or have someone else produce your drawing is up to you.  I mean to say that "draw[ing] the concept" is not an absolute requirement for you; just about any patent attorney/agent familiar with the type of technology should be able to do it for you.
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