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help with patent and prototype Answered

I have been working on an invention/idea for the past year now. I can make a prototype if I really wanted to, if i did it would look like crap, and no one would buy it. Plus, I was told you do not need a proto type to sell an idea. It's a simple invention that you can use small plastic parts, and can be used in everyhouse hold. I have went to places like invent help and others, but no real help. They just want a lot of money to market it for you, and help you get a patent. I have no patent because, I have about 6 different models and don't really know which one is best for marketing, selling, things like that. I don't really know anyting about computers and the internet. I paid a lawyer to look up my ideas/inventions and so far there is nothing out there that is close? Looking for help or different ideas to market and patent my ideas?? any info would help, a lot of web pages for help costs thousands of dollars, which I do not have. I am a Plumber by trade from chicago, and I think it should be in every bathroom,I just don't know where to start. Email daaabears@yahoo.com Thanks nick go bears!!

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CTroyer

11 years ago

If you have already paid a lawyer to do some research for you, I'm assuming that you had the lawyer search for prior art that would make your concept unpatentable. Since that doesn't seem to be the case, You have a good shot at getting the US Patent and Trademark office to issue you a patent. I've been there and done it on my own, really it's no worse than doing your own taxes. Find a helpful librarian at your local library to get you hooked up to the Patent office at www.uspto.gov . Download the application files and submit them - pay the fee to the USPTO , not to the shysters out there who offer to help for money. The Patent office is there to help you. They like to help the little guy, but they make things tough for the big powerful corporations because they can. Before you even get your patent, work on making some connections to start getting prototypes built and marketing started. I sat on my patent for too long, thinking I could do everything myself. That part didn't work out for me, but don't let the Patent office scare you off of pursuing a good idea. They really aren't that hard to work with. Good luck.

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ry25920

11 years ago

If you set up the license right on instructables, you can put a no copy. It shows you made and will protect your prototype. Oh, and take a marketing class. It helps.

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daaabearsry25920

Reply 11 years ago

Thanks. I am new to Instructables, this was something I did not know. I really wanted to put up my proto type on here, just afraid someone would take my inventions. But, I would love to put up my crappy video, on how my invention works. For the feedback!! That way I can make more marketable changes. I wish I knew an engineer or something.