Hopefully this is an ok place to post this, if not please move it to it's rightfull place.
I'm after advice on an idea i have, but you'll have to excuse me for not wanting to share too much info.
Does anyone here have experience or know anything about the legality of improving or "adding to" an existing invention?
My enquiry is basicaly this. There is a device on the market at the moment, IT related, a great concept which has attracted much interest. However i
have an idea how to make it a whole lot better, an idea which would mean it would not only be easier and quicker to use, but make it a lot more mobile
Now i have very little if any IT experience, or more to the point, experience or knowledge of how these things are built, but i'd imagine all that
would be needed for my improvement would be to install one more component and some reprogramming. (Again, sorry for the minimal info).
I'm wondering if it is legal to add to an existing concept, and can you patent the "improvement"?
Stupid example i know based around an old joke, apparently the Scots invented many things, including the toilet seat. It was an Englishman who
invented the hole it in though! Crap joke i know, but could the Englishman patent the improvement.....the hole idea?
I'm not sure if it would be possible (and easier) to just approach the company who already makes this device, and somehow offer a deal which would
incorporate them using my idea on thier product? I have'nt the funding, knowhow or fascilities to produce a product like this myself. It would
definately sell more for them, but i don't want to just give an idea away if that makes sense.
Can you trust these companies that offer patent advice? Whats to stop them using your idea as soon as it leaves your lips?
Any help would be most appreciated. This is purely at the "Thats a great idea" stage at the moment, but i guess all great inventions started
PS: Many apologies to the Scot's on the forum for the crap joke, my dad's a glasweigan and i know how lovely the people are up there, but i also
know how quick the Scot's are to issue a "Glasgee fatwa" on the English!