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Has anyone ever filed for a patent? I need help doing this and don't have FU lawyer money.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
I have a good idea for an invention/process that I would like to apply for a patent. The idea consists of two main parts, the application of known/understood tech (that hasn't been used in this manner from what i can find) and the additive - a chemical added to make the process /work. Or a mix of chemicals that that are safe when used together (proven by other products). The additive is safe and is used in hundreds of similar applications but this one has a unique way of making use of it, and a much better way of doing so.
I don't foresee any issues with the chemical formula being held up by regulations b/c there are already similar compounds on the market, in my case it is how it is applied, when, for how long ad more..
I've gone to some of those "inventors clubs" where a company basically helps you get a patent for like $25-50,000 (up front) and then a large chunk of profits on the back end not to mention they get all kinds of controlling interest, you no longer own your invention. I walked out on the meeting, I'm sorry I did b/c I would have liked to see what else they would have demanded. They offered marketing and product placement, all in horrendous free magazines that no one would read - the best use for them would be to start a fire, but it fulfills their contract.
So, it looks like I'm stuck doing this on o own. I have about 20 idea just waiting to get some work done on them and maybe put them through to production, though many of them I would need help with as there are areas well outside of my specialty - I'm a good idea guy and good at production, if I have the skills to do so - but finding people who have skills I'm lacking can be difficult (especially when when working on a secret project - I'm not very trusting of NDA's just look at Stormy/Trump - how the hell can she just decide not ot honor it? Woman's prerogative or what?.
So if anyone has any experience with patents, I'd be EXTREMELY grateful for any information about what I should do. What to file, if there is a way to get the "rights to the idea" by writing it out & making blue prints & getting it notarized or anything like that.
As for testing, I'm not worried that this will fail. I've used both processes before but never put them together and I know they will work brilliantly and I know there is a large market for this.
Also, I try to stay away from things like "shark tank". I'd rather get investors organically through some old family and college connections. I just don't want to waste $ on an attorney to file 4 documents (Fed charges maybe total of $155 for all 4) who then charges me $1500-2500 because "there is so much little stuff that people miss and can go wrong) - I just got this speech about creating a fictitious name - $1000 for that ($09 state fee and a 3 page document an intelligent 6th grader could fill out).
So any help on the patent issue I would be very very grateful!