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Develop - Protect your invention Answered

Hi All,

Has anyone found a good article re: developing and then protecting your invention?

There are all these TV ads for companies to help you file a patent application which seem dubious.

Have you found other forums besides here to ask questions as you go along and develop your invention?

Are there any engineering forums where you can discuss with design engineers how to build a prototype or model or create blueprints for it?

Thank you!

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Cyryl
Cyryl

27 days ago

Patent in the patent office?

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wd4aon1
wd4aon1

27 days ago

Before sending any money, find out how many inventors received more money than those "services" cost.
T Martin
Retired Patent Attorney

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burbigo1
burbigo1

27 days ago

I've never seen this kind of forums, sorry

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Orngrimm
Orngrimm

4 weeks ago

At least in switzerland, you can file a national patent quite easy by yourself. Just ask your national patent-office. If you want to go international, maybe even worldwide, its the big$ (We talk about 20k$+) and then you need a advocat anyway...

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

4 weeks ago

Let me tell you a story instead if I may...

There was once a nice guy who developed a revolutionary new and simple way to eliminated the center tap on low power induction heating coils.
Instead of using tons of electronics and complicated circuits only a hand full of parts were required.
Efficiency was well above anything that was available before.
Great potential you say to make really good money of the idea?
Sure, if you find someone investing into it so you can get a "Kickstarter" ;)
Anyway, the nice guy thought such a great thing would be great for everyone, so he published it under a "license" to prevent commercial use.
It was really catchy and lots of people loved it, made their own induction heaters for all sorts of hobby applications.
The the guy found an Ebay listing from China with his idea....
With no regards to copyrights I guess it was only fair game for them.
I guesstimate that China so far sold about 2 million of my simple induction heaters....

The only way to protect your invention is not to mention it.
Produce it in the house like the Swisss Army Knife and don't bother with a patent - what no one knows is always better protected.
You can try to protect what you want and spend as much money on the protection as you have.
If China see a potential they will sell it to your for half price before you got your investment coming back.
And even without this problem it is only too easy to make minor changes to have all your claims rendered null and void.
Like in my case by stating the "someone in China" developed the circuit board for my circuit and that they used differen capacitors, diodes and transistors ROFL
If you can use almost whatever you like and it still works that I called it the beauty of having created a dead simple circuit, China called it an opportunity LOL