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« Reply #10 on: Jun 20th, 2006, 10:04am »
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on Jun 20th, 2006, 9:37am, JimIvey wrote:
Unfortunately, a lot of others came up with the same idea and most of them decided there was more money to be made in just pocketing money from the inventors.

 
I suspect that they were absolutely right in their decision.
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Re: patent lawyer search
« Reply #11 on: Jun 20th, 2006, 4:53pm »
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True enough.  But I wonder if there would be enough money in doing the invention submission company business model legitimately.  I realize that, for some, there's no such thing as "enough money", but let's assume for the sake of argument ("arguendo" as lawyers would say) that the capitalist notion of a "reasonable profit" exists and that it's not only finite, but is also "reasonable".  Could an invention submission business model make it?  I don't know.
 
As an aside, I saw a clip of one of these PBS news talk shows -- should know which one but I'm drawing a blank.  The host asked a panel of oil industry experts about an idea to keep gas and oil prices down this summer -- "what if the oil industry said, instead of taking a 60% increase in profits this year over last year, what if we just took a 30% increase?"  The panel laughed so hard, one guy almost fell out of his chair.  Interesting, given that last year was a record year in profits by a large margin.  In fact, if I recall correctly, Unocal posted the highest annual profit of any corporation in history.  I think No. 2 all-time was another oil company last year, but I'm even less certain about that.  Enron would be way up there if you counted fictitiously posted profit, but I think Unocal and BP, was it?, posted money actually collected.
 
But, we can imagine a finite, maximum, "reasonable" profit, can't we?
 
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Re: patent lawyer search
« Reply #12 on: Jun 21st, 2006, 11:14am »
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if i were to ask an investment firm regarding patenting my invention(s), who would be the best?  someone trustworthy and has experience.  i want to propose my ideas to them, and if they like my ideas, then i would assume they would pay the fees to get it patented under MY name, and then they can develop the product with their money and with the sales, they get their share and i get mine.  
 
but where would be the best place to go? firms? locations (cities, states)? individuals?
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Re: patent lawyer search
« Reply #13 on: Jul 8th, 2006, 10:09pm »
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on Jun 19th, 2006, 11:15am, JimIvey wrote:
You don't have to meet a patent attorney face-to-face to go forward.  I have a number of clients I've never met.  Some call me from Singapore or India or Germany or whereever.  
 
As for free consultation, I don't know what to tell you to expect.  See, providing advice is how most patent practitioners feed their families and pay their rent or mortgage.  If they choose to talk to you for an hour or two without charging, that's a fairly personal decision and I'm not going to say what a practitioner ought to charge for initial consultation.  I would suggest  contacting anyone you think you might want to use and "interview" them to see if you'd like to hire them.  Most will go a ways before telling you that they'll have to charge you to go further.  Some may start the conversation by mentioning an initial consultation fee.  You can decide what to do from there.
 
But, one thing you must understand is that, somewhere down the line, someone will have to dedicate some serious resources to your idea for you to profit from it.  It's just not enough to articulate your great idea and wait for the checks to start pouring in.  It just doesn't happen that way.
 
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I actually have a client that about 30min from me and I have never met him.  I have been representing him for a couple years now.
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 9th, 2006, 1:43am »
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there is one local lawyer here and he charges a 80 dollar initial consultation fee.  i have no choice but to go to him.  he seems kind of nonchalant and careless on the phone.  he didnt pick his phone up for like a week (vacation?), but then i left a message and never got back to me, so i had to call him again and he finally picked up. it sounded like as if i woke him up by calling.  he answered very lightly and just said "hello" i believe.  i would think he would say his full name or say "thank you for calling, this is..." to make it sound like a business or someone professional.  but i am willing to fork out 80 bucks, hopefully it will be a start at least and he is good at what he does.  
 
i just want to ask a lawyer whether or not if my idea violates/infringes on a current patent.  i have the patent number as well.  so that way i know whether or not to go further into the process.  and i dont think it should 80 bucks to do that.  but i have no choice.
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