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questions about patents in illinois 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. I really like to meet someone, who knows about patents, marketing, sales, and an engineer. that can help me make and market and patent my new plumbing ideas. I know they would work. I know they will sell. I am a union plumber of 7 years from chicago. Anyone around Chicago, that wants to meet up somewhere with me to see if they can help would be great. Email daaabears@yahoo.com Thanks nick go bears!!

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JamesRPatrick

10 years ago

I'm kind of in the same position. I'm a self proclaimed engineer making paintball markers. From what I've heard, patents only cost one or two hundred bucks per year, but getting a license to sell the stuff cost more. If you can manufacture it yourself, you could probably sell exclusively on eBay without a hitch.

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Aar000n3yJamesRPatrick

Reply 10 years ago

making markers yourself sounds really cool, how do you do it?

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JamesRPatrickAar000n3y

Reply 10 years ago

I'm using a precision lathe right now for prototyping. It was pretty expensive, but it's a business investment.

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JamesRPatrickAar000n3y

Reply 10 years ago

Semi auto, mechanical, blow forward, with only standard ASA O-rings, very few moving parts(trigger, pin, bolt), slow moving bolt to keep paint from chopping, and maybe a Palmer's regulator or one that I will design later. The mechanism uses a chamber to measure the volume of gas instead of timing, like most other markers. If I design my own reg I can keep the price below $150.