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Posted by charlesg 
March 21, 2012 05:45PM
Hi everyone. I've been gone for a while.

What is the best way to procure a patant? I am hoping to not get snookered.

Re: patants
March 22, 2012 04:10PM
Hi Charles,

Lots of considerations. What is the purpose for the patent? It's of no real value until money starts changing hands and flowing, but there are other considerations. You can do a lot relatively cheap by yourself. Eventually you'll want professional assistance, but you can wait quite a while and be fully protected.

Re: patants
March 26, 2012 08:29AM
I remember a discussion earlier in which the question was "why are there so many steam patents, but few products." The conclusion was that patenting steam is of little value: spend the money making things.

This is not a steam project. The value is considerable (in my opinion -- at this time): like the water bottle and the backpack. It has far reaching potential and is easily copied especially by those in the business. At this time they are not interested in making it as it would save the customer money ($50,000.00 plus). However, once someone makes it, they will want the profit for themselves.

I made a test piece for $40.00 it works better then expected. I am now looking at making a mockup of the next part. Then will build and test that combination. The rest is mounting frame, hydraulics and control mechanism. Simple. Total project: estimated less then $2000.00 for proto.

The idea is not mine; I am simply drawing it up and making the pieces. It needs protected.

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