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tom
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what is the percentage?
« on: Nov 18th, 2005, 3:55pm »
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I'm just starting out as an independent patent attorney.  I have been approached by a few individual inventors, but after a search (sometimes just a google search), it was decided by them that it was not worth going forward because something too similar already existed.  I am wondering what the percentage is of individual inventors that come in with the next great idea that is unpatentable because of non-novelty or obviousness?  How many immediately give up without even going forward with an application?
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Re: what is the percentage?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 18th, 2005, 7:07pm »
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I don't think your question has an answer.  One variable involves what kind of prescreening happens before clients get to you.  I've had people pitch their ideas at me while giving me a haircut, while at a kids birthday party, etc.
 
For the most part those ideas are not really inventions.  Often the inventor has no concept of how a device would work to accomplish a described goal.
Those things hardly ever (read never) result in an application.
 
On the other hand, if the person is pontificating about an invention in a field in which he has some knowledge, that person's concept may be at the same very high level of abstraction as that of the barber I described above, but the inventor might very well be able to invent around the stuff a simple search turns up.  
 
Those inventors have a much higher chance of turning into applicants even when a discouraging professional search turns up their concept.
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I meant to repeat the caveat that newly registered practitioners are generally speaking not qualified not represent clients without adult supervision.
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