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02-27-2010 02:35 PM  10 years ago
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RayJayJohnsonJr

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How does a one get his idea off the ground?
I've had this idea in the back of my head that I figure could be worth a buck or two. I know absolutley nothing about "going after it". How does one get started? Where do you turn for guidance without giving your idea away?

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02-27-2010 03:16 PM  10 years ago
Ronald Thomas

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Patent it first? Anybody in the field of expertise you can trust?Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!
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02-27-2010 05:10 PM  10 years ago
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02-27-2010 05:32 PM  10 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Yeah, done the google thing. Really hard to find the info you need when you don't "speak the language".
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02-27-2010 05:56 PM  10 years ago
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To find out if it's patentable -- you'll need to spend money. You'd need a patent attorney to do the search (it's their job, they know what to do and how to look). I'll guess the minimum would be around $5K, could go higher. Those are numbers I'd heard batted around a few years ago.-----
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02-27-2010 06:17 PM  10 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Does a US patent hold any water in a global market? In other words, Internationally?
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02-27-2010 06:42 PM  10 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Thanks Dave. So I'm guessing in the case where the idea holder is a small town aircraft mechanic with no money, the next step is to find someone you know and think you can trust, someone you think might be interested in that idea too, and has the wherewithal to pursue it? I wonder how many great ideas go down the crapper because the idea holder can't swing a patent attorney?
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02-27-2010 06:45 PM  10 years ago
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I've wondered this too. I also have an idea but have no idea where to start or whom to trust. There is the small matter of having no money to develop the prototype, other than what's in my head.
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02-27-2010 06:47 PM  10 years ago
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US patents don't hold water in the US unless you have the capitol to defend them. An idea is not safe just because you patent it. You must have the money to defend your patent and the time to go out and look for someone infringing on it.
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02-27-2010 08:25 PM  10 years ago
RaptorMan23

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Ive never heard $5k for a patent search, Ive heard a couple hundred bucks before. My wifes uncle ended up patenting his idea and selling it to a large distibutor of some sort. I dont know many details since he pretty much seperated himself from the family. Ill look around and see what I can find out for youIf you only have to bend over once to pick it up it's a good landing.
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02-27-2010 08:27 PM  10 years ago
RaptorMan23

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I suggest ordering a free kit like this to obtain more info

http://inventionhome.com/free-inven...campaign=search
If you only have to bend over once to pick it up it's a good landing.
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03-02-2010 02:32 AM  10 years ago
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An old friend has been a senior design engineer for MagLite for 20+ years. Founder Tony Maglica spends fully 25% of his time traveling around the world suing to shut down counterfeiters. His flashlight designs are among the most counterfeited products on the planet.

This isn't meant to discourage, it's only meant to provide food for thought as you plan. It's certainly better to take a shot at making millions and then have to spend some of it in order to keep making millions, than to have never forged ahead with a good idea at all.

And if you decide to forge a head, be sure to wear an asbestos anvil hat.
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03-02-2010 01:07 PM  10 years ago
dkshema

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Mark, I did a quick search for "patent search costs" and came up with a bunch of hits.

This site lists some typical costs associated with patents.

The search is inexpensive, the patent filing isn't.

http://www.patentsearcher.com/costs.htm

There are tons of similar sites and services. Some may be fly by night.
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