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#34273 02/06/04 09:11 PM
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I have an idea for something that could be easily added to an existing product that would make it more useful to all of us.

Does anyone know where I should go with it? Or, who I could contact?

#34274 02/08/04 02:43 AM
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DO NOT call one of those "invention companies" that advertise on TV. they will take all your money and your invention will NEVER be made. if it is produced they wil take all of that money too.

for starters go here:,24330,3515256,00.html

#34275 02/08/04 11:08 AM
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Or, you can just tell me [Linked Image]

Ryan Jackson,
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#34276 02/08/04 03:36 PM
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For now, make a dwg. and in detail describe how it works. Sign and date this paper. Put it in an envelope, seal it, and address it to yourself. Take this to the post office and have the postal date seal stamped on the envelope seal. Then pay the postage, mail it to yourself. Do not open this envelope, you may need to present this to your patent attorney, if you proceed with a patent.

You now have a postal patent.

#34277 02/08/04 06:15 PM
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Thanks guys.

I went to the TechTV link. Very informative.

And, I think I will mail something to myself.

Good suggestions! Thanks again.

#34278 02/08/04 11:19 PM
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#34279 02/14/04 01:44 AM
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Mailing somehting to your self is not a sufficient information when it comes to the courts.
Go to you will find good information.
Do not fall for the T.V advertisings. That promise to take your idea and give a patent # and many dollars.

Investigate the patent attorney very thoroughly. Don't tell anybody about your idea before Documenting it as detailed as possible in a hard bound notebook not a loose leaf.

Good Luck

#34280 02/14/04 06:17 AM
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DO NOT call one of those "invention companies" that advertise on TV.
On a related note, for anyone who has ideas about writing a book, don't go to those places that advertise they'll publish your book for an upfront set-up fee, all to be refunded out of future sales.

These "vanity publishers" may be fine for someone who just wants a few dozen copies of a book for friends and family with no financial gain in mind, but that's about it.

If no regular publisher will take on your book and pay a reasonable advance, it's because they know the book won't sell enough to cover the costs.

#34281 02/14/04 05:23 PM
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"Mailing somehting to your self is not a sufficient information when it comes to the courts."
This holds up very well in the courts, post search, and file date, however, you still must proceed with search, and any pending material. As you noted the selection of a
qualified attorney is important, best if you can find one that is expert in the area of your invention.
I have four inventions to my credit, three are in the construction market, one in tooling. The first one was an education all by itself.
One of the products went to UL for testing, and that is a project by itself.

#34282 02/15/04 08:35 PM
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what was your inventions?

How did you market them or did you just sell the ideas?

Are you making any money from them?

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