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Old 02-12-2009, 08:28 AM
 
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wondering how to go about acquiring a patent?
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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wondering how to go about acquiring a patent?
patent atty. would be a good start. My cousin is a patent atty. Here's his info.

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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There are many free resources online (Inventors Resources and Information). But the bottom line is that most patents are drafted and applied for by a patent attorney. The average cost is $5,000 for a basic idea up to $20,000 for more complicated, high tech ideas.

You can search for "patent attorney" and your closest city to find a list of them. You should also contact your local universitity office of technology transfer to see if they can suggest some good local attorneys.

Two important things to remember:
1. Once you publically disclose your idea, you only have 12 months to file for patent protection. So you need to make sure to keep your new ideas secret. If you must share them, get the other party to sign a confidentiality agreement.

2. In order to receive a patent, it must be new, useful, and non-obvious. You must also know enough about the idea to make it yourself or tell someone exactly how to make it. For example, I have an idea for a flying car but I could not get a patent on it because I dont know enough about physics, electronics, etc. to make the car.
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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2. In order to receive a patent, it must be new, useful, and non-obvious. You must also know enough about the idea to make it yourself or tell someone exactly how to make it. For example, I have an idea for a flying car but I could not get a patent on it because I dont know enough about physics, electronics, etc. to make the car.
Given all the patents we see in computing, that's not needed. Just add "with a computer" and "on the internet" to the text and all is well.
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