After balancing several options, and also after having counsel draft and submit a dedicated PCT for our core invention, a game plan had to be developed to handle about one new additional invention every two weeks. There is a severe time crunch because the online community is posting them almost as fast as we are trying to file them. And we can't spend $10k on each one like we did with the core. So here is the plan:
1. Draw many (20 or 30) 3D color drawings, and a good description of each one, and do my best at some claims, and file it as a provisional ($125). This takes about a 40 hour week, and these drawings will be used for online marketing to licensees later. But if nobody posts it online in the next few weeks, then:
2. After the foreign filing license is granted, have a firm in India do the patent drawings with numerals, and possibly also a detailed description of the drawings, and maybe even new claims ($1250). File as a provisional. Now at least if someone posts online, we have a pseudo-useful application to claim.
3. Now, a month later, if nobody has posted it online yet, consider hiring a US firm to draft good claims, or to review/alter my claims ($850). File as a provisional. Now we would have a decent application to claim.
4. Begin online markeing. If a licensee can be found within 12 months, then hire US firm to draft complete application. If a licensee cannot be found within 12 month, then load several of these inventions into one PCT and hope that the drafting was good enough.