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Patent? Improvement on Existing Item.
« on: Dec 28th, 2007, 6:38am »
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Hi
 
I have figured out a way to improve an existing product, making it easier to use.  The item is due to take front stage due to Global Warming and Environmental Concerns.  The product has a basic design, but each company that distributes it adds their own name to the item
 
The improvements I have made make the item easier for clerks to do their job in a timely manner.
 
My question is should I try and file a patent on Improving an existing item, claiming a Utility Patent?
 
Or should I try to market the idea to the distributors of the item, knowing it will improve the sale of this item?  I also know that soon this item will be the only thing that we in California and many other states can use.
 
I would like to get a little compensation for this Idea.  I have tested it and results were amazing.  The fix will add may be 2 or 3 minutes to the original production time.
 
If any one can tell me what direction to take, I would greatly appreciate it.  I have sent in an Invention Disclosure form in on it.
 
Sincerely, Rocks
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Re: Patent? Improvement on Existing Item.
« Reply #1 on: Dec 28th, 2007, 8:44am »
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"... should I try and file a patent ... Or should I try to market the idea"
 
These are not mutually exclusive activities.  Since you are convinced that you have such a worthwhile idea, you should probably contact a patent agent or patent attorney and get a better understanding of the potential costs and benefits of filing a patent application.
 
To whom did you send in an invention disclosure?
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 30th, 2007, 4:50am »
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I sent the Invention Disclosure to the  
 
Document Disclosure Program
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Washington,  DC  20231
 
Along with the document, I sent a cover letter, some pictures.  the witnessed Invention Disclosure and $10.00  along with stamped return receipt postcard.  All this information I got from "Patents for Beginners."  I also sent myself a copy of the same thing sent to the Patent Office, to myself, which I will not open.
 
My whole idea is so simple, that I am shocked no one else has thought about it.
 
Thank you for your input.
 
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Re: Patent? Improvement on Existing Item.
« Reply #3 on: Dec 30th, 2007, 9:41am »
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Roxanne:
 
Disclosure document program was eliminated effective Feb 1, 2007.
 
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/disdo.html
 
You may want to file a PPA instead.  
 
 
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