Should (or can) I get a patent on an arduino based project? Answered
I really don't know if I should get a patent or even if my latest "invention" could be patented. This topic will be a bit specific to my project, sorry :(
I've posted an instructable of it here (vote it on the arduino contest while you're there!)
The first problem is that, almost everything in the project hasn't been invented by me. I didn't invent drums, nor the idea of hitting some sort box or drum to produce sounds, and most certainly not the arduino. Autonomous musical instruments or robot musicians are not new either. Both the electronics circuits and the code might be patented somehow, but anyone with the required skills and with an intention to ignore my patent, could achieve the same results as I did but with a different circuits/code. Which brings me to my second question:
Is this really something to worry about? is that common that people get their inventions stolen by big evil corporations? could you realistically win a legal battle against such corporation?... I've been checking a few videos and articles on this topic, including some written by instructables founder ewilhelm saying how he had never heard of this happening.
One thing that does worry me is someone taking my project and claiming it as their idea. But I think being featured on this site and on the arduino.cc site too, should be a safe way of claiming authorship.