Patents, attornies, etc.

Patents, attornies, etc.

Post by Frank Miriglian » Wed, 22 Nov 2000 04:00:00



Pavel

All of the above.  If your attorney is knowledgeable and thorough, and
if what you have designed is not a unique, out of left field, or is kind
of a new twist on an old idea, plan on spending ten to twenty times as
much.  Four year maintenance will run nearly as much.  Ditto on telling
people and talking about it.  Could easily wipe you out in court if you
would have to defend against a later similar product.

If there is a major library nearby you may be able to search patent
records to see if what you are thinking about already exists as a
patent.  Also, it will give you an idea of what the legal eagles refer
to as "prior art":  devices already under patent (whether currently
protected or expired) that do what yours does or the inventions that
have lead up to your design.

In any event, good luck and keep your mouth shut.

Frank

 
 
 

Patents, attornies, etc.

Post by Chris Verno » Thu, 23 Nov 2000 04:00:00


Pavel

Keeping your mouth shut is VERY important. "Prior disclosure" should be
limited to those who have signed a secrecy agreement and therefore won't
tell anyone because you can sue them.

As far as searching patents (expensive if you get an attorney to do it), why
not have a crack yourself?

The British library http://www.bl.uk/services/stb/etalmenu.html can offer
advice on this, and the US patent office http://www.uspto.gov/patft/ allows
searches and viewing of patent page images (you can't actually print these,
but you will know what to order and pay for).

Searching yourself doesn't replace getting an attorney to do it, write the
documents and file it, but it will at least give you an idea of whether your
invention is unique.

Chris

Quote:

> Pavel

> All of the above.  If your attorney is knowledgeable and thorough, and
> if what you have designed is not a unique, out of left field, or is kind
> of a new twist on an old idea, plan on spending ten to twenty times as
> much.  Four year maintenance will run nearly as much.  Ditto on telling
> people and talking about it.  Could easily wipe you out in court if you
> would have to defend against a later similar product.

> If there is a major library nearby you may be able to search patent
> records to see if what you are thinking about already exists as a
> patent.  Also, it will give you an idea of what the legal eagles refer
> to as "prior art":  devices already under patent (whether currently
> protected or expired) that do what yours does or the inventions that
> have lead up to your design.

> In any event, good luck and keep your mouth shut.

> Frank