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« on: September 07, 2013, 01:49:41 PM »
I just wanted to say I recently found your site and by far it's the least complicated easy to navigate website concerning provisional patent info it sure beats the uspto website.

But on another note I recently had an amazing idea on how to transform a very popular household appliance to make it smaller sleeker and more manageable, but my Dilemma is Im unable to build it I'm not to familiar with the intricate workings of the appliance I'm more focused on the design and the look of the product! I want it to do all the same things its designed to do but in a completely different way so it can coincide with the new look! Would this be good for a provisional patent? Or would I have to build it? My main goal is to to sell my idea/design to a larger company with the means to build and manufacture the product!

Any and all info and insight for me as a beginner is welcome!!


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Re: Need help
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2013, 03:31:23 PM »
That's a tough question.  Usually in order to get a patent you do not have to build it but you should be able to show technical diagrams and figures showing how you would build it.  If you are not a technical person, you may have to find an engineer or someone to team up with you on the project.

One option is to file a quick provisional patent first listing as best you can how you would make the device (this would only cost $65 for most people and would try to protect just the general idea that you have), then later if you were able to find some technical help you can follow-up with a more technical provisional patent application.  The downside to this strategy is you would have to pay two different $65 fees at the USPTO (one for each provisional patent app that you file).

In any event, it would probably be best to at least get some sort of patent on file before you pitch your idea to a company.  Even if its not a perfect patent application it may be good enough to make them think twice about trying to steal your idea.

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