posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 11:36 PM
Good luck with the project Shadow; at the very least, you'll have fun and learn a few things along the way.
Everyone here has the best intentions, and some of the advice is good ... but some is kind of old-school. Having a notebook (one where you can't
insert or remove pages) is very useful. Sign and date the pages, and periodically have someone you trust read it, then write and sign a statement he
understands it, etc.
Sounds like you got the pages for the provisional patent from the website I listed; good. That gives you exactly 1 year to convert to a utility
patent. Utility patents are hard; expect to spend about $5K and 2 years if you use a patent attorney. Want to do it yourself? You can, but it takes
work. Get "Patent it Yourself" by David Pressman. You'll still have to pay someone for the proper drawings you'll need, and it's a few hundred
dollars to do the application. You pay it in stages.
I've written filed my own design patent (moderately difficult), and a few of these provisional patents (very easy), and worked with attorneys on a
couple utility patents (difficult). U2U me if you want more details or suggestions. And have fun.