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« on: Jan 22nd, 2007, 11:58pm »
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Hello,
 
I just ran across this forum today. I'm hoping someone will give me some advice.
 
I formulated a gormet fudge recipe (took me 5 yrs) and I'd like to sell it as a "Gorment Fudge Mix" like a cake mix or brownie mix.  
 
My recipes aren't normal fudge recipes. They are fun flavors like: Key Lime, Pineapple, Cherry Burst, etc... The secret ingredients aren't normal "fudge" ingredients either, but ingredients anyone would ever think of.  
 
 I did test the flavors at a Saturday Market for 3 months. Everyone loved the creamy texture and unusual flavors. I was asked to sell the finished product to their shops and stores, but I don't want to do that. I just wanted to see if anyone else would like the unusual flavors.  
 
I'd love to sell my secret recipes to companies who make cake mixes: Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, etc...
 
I did contact InventionHome.com. Has anyone here heard of them?  I so new to all of this; I feel really stupid. LOL~
 
What should I do first? I'm hoping to find a patent attorney (?) who will work on a percentage basis. Is that possible?
 
I'm sorry for so many questions, but I've never done anything like this before.
 
Thanks for any help given.
 
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Re: Food related question
« Reply #1 on: Jan 30th, 2007, 4:10pm »
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Most patent attorneys won't take application cases on contingency because, well, there are too many contingencies.  Something like 90% of all patents issued never make dime one, so it's a poor bet for a patent attorney.
 
My advice would be to formulate a detailed business plan and move forward accordingly.  It may be that patent protection is part of the plan (assuming you can obtain a patent of any worth), or you may build a business without one.  
 
As a first step on the patent exploration side, you might hire a patent attorney to do a search for you.  If the search looks promising, you can plan your next steps.  Remember that the clock might be ticking, so to speak, so act expeditiously in this regard.
 
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