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Tim Bradley
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Re: Is this worth patenting?
« Reply #10 on: Jun 28th, 2007, 2:08pm »
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Before you spend any money on patenting your idea you should search and see what's out there. I believe Macrovision has some patents and/or published applications in this area.
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Re: Is this worth patenting?
« Reply #11 on: Aug 30th, 2007, 3:16pm »
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Well, you could also actually write the code/library & make it usable.  Then you could could market the software on the internet to license it to shareware authors & small companies.  File a provisional patent (when the software is ready), and if you make significant sales in the first year you can afford to file the real patent; if you don't, then drop it.
 
Just one approach...
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Re: Is this worth patenting?
« Reply #12 on: Aug 30th, 2007, 9:44pm »
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Of course, it's worth stating that a provisional patent application ought to be the except rather than the rule and for very specific reasons for people who know what they're doing.
 
An adequate provisional application costs about the same as a real application and the real application is better in nearly every respect.
 
Almost every benefit of a sloppy provisional application can be served just as well and for much less money and effort by doing absolutely nothing.
 
Before you choose a provisional application as your preferred patent strategy, make sure you know what you're doing.  It's hard to change strategy once things are in motion.
 
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