reply to post by AmmonSeth
That I have done. Unfortunately, the government offices around here don't even mention a tax number, which I know I will need. All they tell me is
that i will need a business license from them (which I already knew) and I "have to comply with all other regulations".
My last business was a total learning experience, with me being caught unprepared for some of the legal nuances that came up. I managed to fix all the
problems as they came up, but I want to be a bit more prepared this time.
reply to post by dizziedame
LLC's are something that did not exist before, so, yeah, maybe it would be a good idea to look into them. I will do so, thanks!
I checked your link for MetLabs. They sound interesting. The claim is that their seal is preferable to the UL listing. I think I am going to check on
some other products to see if their label is being used much; as long as I am protected from any claim of producing faulty equipment, I am happy; I'm
very proud of my design abilities and don't think I will have any trouble meeting any reasonable standards.
reply to post by hinky
If it is patented, that patent is very well hidden. According to the patent laws, if I produce a patented product with intent to do so (or with
negligence, meaning I should have known about the patent infringement), I am subject to punitive damages. If I produce a patented device that I had no
idea was patented, nor should have had knowledge of such, punitive damages are generally not awarded. I can be forced to pay reasonable royalties to
the patent owner and may be barred from further production, but that is usually the extent of damages.
There are several variables in the design of this system that I have been able to find absolutely no data on, despite searching the Internet and
libraries (both public and university). Thusly, I am in the process of testing prototypes now to allow for considerations that are incalculable due to
this lack of information. I would think that if such a device were patented, at least the physical data concerning the type of process being used
would be available.
I really can't go deeper than that into the operation at this time, for obvious reasons. The gas-fired furnace is a good example of the regulations I
would fall under, but this is not a gas-fired furnace per se.
Your references are exactly what I was interested in! Can you provide a link to these online, or can you recommend where I might find them in book
form (preferably somewhere like a library; I really don't like the idea of spending a few hundred dollars on reference books right now
Thanks to everyone who responded, and I hope more do the same!