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still_studying
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Any way to protect a trivial idea?
« on: Jun 15th, 2007, 10:35am »
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In the kitchen the other night, I had trouble opening a 2L bottle (Dr. Pepper puts those caps on tight, and the extremely high gas pressure inside doesn't help), and tried using (some random kitchen widget) as a gripper.
 
That sort of tool has been done many times before;  any attempt to patent would quite rightly get a 102 rejection, or at best a valid 103 rejection.
 
However, the particular widget I used is very well-suited to have such a feature incorporated, but doesn't.  Yet.
 
Is there any way to protect the idea before pitching it to the company that makes that widget, or should I just drop them a note and ask for a free one if they use the idea?  Cool
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MrSnuggles
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Re: Any way to protect a trivial idea?
« Reply #1 on: Jun 22nd, 2007, 11:09pm »
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You may consider filing a provisional application.  It has reduced costs and requirements.  Also, because usually no search is performed and a generic or omnibus claim is the only claim included, having a firm draft one is pretty inexpensive (as far as patent drafting goes).  A basic application that you're describing would probably run between $1k and 2k including filing fees.
 
You could also draft and file it yourself pro se.
 
Either way, you will establish your priority date and then you can discuss the idea with that as a trading card in your pocket.
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Re: Any way to protect a trivial idea?
« Reply #2 on: Jun 23rd, 2007, 9:20am »
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Make sure you read the posts around here regarding provisionals and do some research.  There are pros and cons of filing a provisional, with the latter outweighing the former.
 
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Re: Any way to protect a trivial idea?
« Reply #3 on: Jun 23rd, 2007, 2:55pm »
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Hi Tata,
 
I'm just curious what negatives are associated with PPAs?  Most of my clients prefer not to file them, but mostly due to strategic considerations (inventors may not be around in the next 12 months to file the NPA; costs may be higher filing both apps; etc)
 
Thanks in advance
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Re: Any way to protect a trivial idea?
« Reply #4 on: Jun 23rd, 2007, 6:33pm »
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In biotech area, PPAs are customary.
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