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laminar-flow
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Can I bypass a patent if I have a potential buyer?
« on: Jan 21st, 2007, 7:19pm »
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I have a concept of a device/system that will enhance an already made product.  This device/system is definately something that I would not want or be able to market because I do not think it wise to get into competition with the core product.  I could proceed with a patent and approach potential customers.  But is there a way to approach a potential customer with suitable protection but without getting a patent?  Thanks for looking!
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Re: Can I bypass a patent if I have a potential bu
« Reply #1 on: Jan 23rd, 2007, 1:45pm »
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First ask yourself what's the meaning of having patent?
A wall hanger or something to protect your right?
 
Your question is similar to ...
Can I visit Europe without a Passport?
Yes, probaby you can but facing the huge risk/consequence (deported by immigration office if caught)
 
I heard about manufacturers do pay royalties to  
Non-patentable idea. However, these are extremely rare cases ...
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SoCalAttny
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Re: Can I bypass a patent if I have a potential bu
« Reply #2 on: Jan 29th, 2007, 8:21pm »
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Without a patent it is difficult to say what your invention is as it relates to other similar inventions. Your rights to exclude others from making and using your invention derive from a patent. No patent, no protection. Any decent patent attorney can design around your invention and you lose. Who would pay for that?
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Re: Can I bypass a patent if I have a potential bu
« Reply #3 on: Jan 30th, 2007, 9:31am »
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"Without a patent ... Any decent patent attorney can design around your invention and you lose."
 
Huh???
 
SoCalAttny - Please explain what you mean.
1)  Why would anyone need to design around a non-existant patent?  Let alone hire a patent attorney.  (Decent or otherwise.)
2)  Many, perhaps most, products on the market today are not patented.   Are you saying that anyone selling a product that is not patented somehow loses?
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Re: Can I bypass a patent if I have a potential bu
« Reply #4 on: Jan 30th, 2007, 8:05pm »
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Thanks for replying.
 
Let me describe in more detail.  I have an idea that might be valuable to Company A, B, & C.  Is there a way to approach one of these companies with the idea, offer it to them to patent, produce, even help develop it for them, with some level of protection, all without going through a patent?  The reason is cost but also time.
 
On another note, if I were to go ahead with a patent, how long before some level of protection is attained?
 
Also, what is a reasonable price I should expect to pay for a patent?
 
Is working with a local attorney better than working via internet?
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