Thank you very much, folks, it is definitely heartwarming to see your responses. Yes, indeed, I tried to make my questions as generic as possible. And, of course, I am not going to mess around with these inventions myself when it comes to filing the regular patent applications. Just wanted to gain some case-specific knowledge so that I could deal with the matter more confidently.
The problem with my obscurity is, as you probably understand, that I simply don’t know how much detail I can safely reveal about my inventions at this point. I’ve read some literature on patents, don’t get me wrong, not a complete novice, although a novice nevertheless, and so, as a result, I’ll try to remain on a cautious side for now.
I had to think hard before I could proceed. From your answers I deducted that the patents for the article A and for the article B should be filed separately. They have been, and so it appears that I’m on the right track so far. But it gets a bit trickier further. This is something I came up with to help you understand my situation better in order to answer my questions, if at all possible.
OK, so how different are the two of my devices? Well, a good analogy that I can think of would, probably, be a regular hand saw and a two handed saw, except that in my scenario the applications for the two of my products are completely different. Could the pair of saws in question, under any circumstances, be considered a single invention, anyway? Or are they two distinct inventions as well?
Here’s another analogy, maybe a better one. Let’s say that we are, I don’t know, still in the Stone Age, and I just invented a bowl – a useful utensil in a shape of half-sphere. I looked at it hard, realized that I was missing something, and came up with another half – resulting in a full sphere – a geometrical shape upon which I further developed a number of articles of manufacture - play balls, for example – a ping pong ball, a soccer ball, and a bowling ball. The question is then, am I required to patent each of the items that I designed so far, separately, or if I could somehow put my hold on the inventions – those that I have already made and those that I (or others, once my concept of a sphere was released to the public), still might come up in the future – by patenting the sphere itself (so that those others would need to license this invention from me in order to make their own advances?) After all, it is the geometrical shape that I discovered and on which all of the further practical implementations will be based on.
In other words, if that was exactly the same formula (well, with minor variations or alterations in certain cases) that allows all those inventions possible (with the first, distinct, invention, being simply a result of dividing the formula by 2), should it not be possible to patent the formula itself, instead of patenting all of its derivatives separately? Or, in ADDITION to patenting some of the most distinctive of those derivatives, like an invention A, for instance and the basic practical form – invention B?
My situation is a bit like this, I think, although not on the same grand scale of things, of course. In my case it is indeed, to go a bit into detail, a certain self–contained structure resulting from a manipulation of material of composition. It is highly configurable and allows producing numerous articles of manufacture with a wide range of practical applications, depending on the chosen size, shape (configuration), and the material of composition. Also, to get things more interesting, or to complicate them even further, depending on how you look at it, combining some of those articles together or with different kinds of articles will result in yet more new devices with different functions. For instance, as in example above, I could put some of those balls on a string and receive a necklace or something that I could use to massage my back with. Do you understand my dilemma a bit better now?
Thanks a lot to your attention, really appreciate it!