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Thanks Brad.  I'd like to obtain a quote for the PPA.  How do I go about getting that?

Thanks Brad!  Your response cleared up a few things for me.  Of course, now I have another question.  The example you provided is somewhat simplistic in design, yet the PPA is pretty comprehensive.  My first thought is that my invention would require at least as much info.  It's not complex (all of the components are readily available) but the solution that it provides once these parts are combined and programmed (circuit board, modem, gps, etc) is unique.

So my question is, how far along does it need to be and what information is required for you to take over and prepare the PPA..or is that even recommended?  What I mean is, is it recommended that I take a shot at it first and then provide it to you for review or is there some amount of info that can be provided to you in order for you to prepare the PPA initially?

Thanks!  something tells me we will be working together soon..

Sorry to revive such an old post but my invention is similar to what the OP describes so you answer was very helpful.

However, I have a question regarding this type of invention.  What is actually being patented here?  Since the components are all prior art and not new is it the way that they are being combined, the result of the combination, or simply the idea?


Hi Brad,

I have an idea for which I intend to file a provisional patent.

There are a few similar products that have nearly outdated patents that also used older, more inferior technology that is not as reliable, prone to failure, etc.  The technology that I intend to use did not exist when these patents were issued and is not described or mentioned in the prior art inasmuch as I have found in my research.

There are other elements of my idea and design that I believe will be patentable.

My question is this.  Is there anything wrong with copying information from existing patents to use in my own patent?  Since these patents solve a similar problem, I'm thinking why recreate the wheel when information in the description and claims is similar, well written, and has already passed through the scrutiny of the Patent Office.


Patent Questions and Advice / Use of other patented components
« on: April 30, 2017, 03:01:01 AM »
Hi Brad,

I'm new to the forum and have been reading over all of the excellent information that you have provided.

I am working on an electronic device that will need to combine other, potentially patented, components.  Is it possible to obtain a utility patent for this device?  For example, a cell phone uses a camera, speaker, etc. that are manufactured by another company.  Can the company that creates the cell phone obtain a patent?  this may not be a good example because obviously that technology has been around long enough for the patents to have expired.. but what about in the case where that patents for combined components have not expired?

Thanks in advance,

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