While trying to post this, I kept getting a message that I wasn't allowed to post in this forum?
Oh well, I'm trying it again, so please don't yell at me if it took the first time.
I appreciate your obvious command of the patent/license playing field and your knowledge of the game.
Yes, this is a tricky situation for sure.
Although I'm working two solutions to big problems that are
"protectable," I have two more that are not.
Alas, I seem to come up with the ones that aren't more often than the ones that are.
I spoke with two patent attorneys today who don't think the solution is patentable---a serious problem for anyone who might go with this. However, under a percentage arrangement, I wouldn't get paid unless the product sold, so no loss on the part of the licensee there.
And if the licensee or whomever is big enough, say Klein, Hilfiger, Hanes, or Van Heusen---Heusen owns Klein and Hilfiger---or any of several other billion-dollar giants and they go with it, little chance that a lack of sales on a single product will break such mainstays who already have the necessary resources. Anyone who picked up the idea would be hard pressed to "do it better" than any of them. Of course, as you say, when everyone gets in on it, if it's good, everyone makes money, but no one makes any big money.
Since I apparently don't have a patentable solution---according to the two patent attorneys so far---it looks like the "typical and best answer" is out of my reach. Maybe on the next one.
As for other answers, I think they're out there, so I'll just have to keep working the problem, since I believe in possibilities instead of limitations.
Many thanks again for your input.
Folks like you and the other wizards on this forum are a godsend to the wee little folks like myself.