Re: OT - Anybody ever try to get a patent??
I have half a dozen patents.
Expect to spend $30,000 to acquire a patent.
Expect it to take 3 to 5 years.
There are a lot of con artists out there claiming to be patent lawyers.
If you want the name of a real lawyer, let me know privately.
If you can't afford the time and money, there is a 'Poor Mans Patent'...
Write and draw out your idea, and if you can include a working prototype in pictures. (self publish, anywhere from $3,00 to $10,000)
Do a self published book, and apply for an ISBN or library of congress number. This will prove absolutely when you first had the idea published.
You will still have to do a court battle for payment if your idea is used, but your time frame is carved in stone.
You can apply for a patent for about $3,000 also, and you have like 3 years to submit the rest of the search and paperwork for final review.
Once you apply, you are covered.
I strongly recommend you at least self publish before you pitch your invent to anyone. This establishes your time frame just in case you get ripped off by someone you pitched to manufacture or market your idea.
What we do is design a product, and produce it.
When it goes into production, we apply for the patent.
If the item sells, we continue to pursue the patent.
Like I said, it's a bare minimum of 3 years and usually at least 5 years to finalize a patent.
(We have one going on the ten year mark now...)
If the item flops on the market, we drop the patent. No point in spending money on something that isn't going to sell.