Patents and Internet Marketing

by Shane Hale 5 replies
I was curious if anyone has patented their systems or ideas that they sell via internet marketing. If so I am in need of patent processing. I have a off topic idea that I am wanting to get patented and basically needing to know how to write it up ect ect and how to research the idea to make sure no one has already patented the idea. If there are any ebooks on how to take your idea from start to investors aka "Finish". Please let me know! Thanks for your help in advance!!
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    Shane,

    the best advice you will get here is to contact someone who specialises in Patents and intellectual property.

    If you're looking to protect yourself, don't do it on 'hearsay,' you'll probably find out that the advice you are given is conflicting.

    Contact a professional, who has experience in performing searches and protecting your product/system.

    Kindest regards,
    Karl.
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    • Profile picture of the author dwieder
      i agree. you should ask for assistance. you can contact experts in the law, especially intellectual property rights. believing on what others are telling you, especially those who do not really know anything about it, will lead you to the wrong way and you will end up regreting on what you have done.
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      • Profile picture of the author peteinoz
        firstly you need to search the web to see if your idea is unique,

        btw. you cannot patent an idea or theory..

        Ive been down the patent track a couple of times..

        You deffinetely need a pro to help and do the appropriate research, though these days you can cover a lot of the research yourself online..

        patents are Expensive.. they start expensive.. give you 12 months at a lesser rate around $10k to get you moving forward, then a LOT more each year per country you want protection in, If indeed what you have is protected by patents.

        Its a very painful process I suggest you make a quick call to a patent attourney first up to see if what you have is actually patentable first up..

        Good Luck with it mate..

        Cheers

        Pete
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    Shane,

    You need to consult with a patent attorney. Any patent attorney worth using will give you a free consultation and address many of your basic questions at that stage.

    Moreover, you need to understand what patents are and what they are not - in other words, you need to explore WHY you think you need patent protection.

    There are no "patent police". No one is going to enforce for you whatever patent rights you might be finally granted by the PTO in 2011 (if you started immediately).

    You will be spending at minimum several hundred dollars in filing fees to do it yourself and much more over the life of the patent in maintenance fees, etc. That's if you do it all yourself *without* an attorney. And if you DO go that route, that means you've also spent money educating yourself and spent eons doing all the legwork on your own.

    Do you anticipate having the resources to bring an infringement action against another party? Suits like that can take years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to litigate (and that's a conservative estimate - big companies spend millions on this type of litigation). Many, many, many patent holders have a $10,000 certificate hanging on their wall that... when you shake it, NO MONEY FALLS OUT...

    Think very carefully about whether your money is better spent on further product development, great marketing, or perceived "protection" somewhere down the line.

    Don't get me wrong, if you have something really one of a kind, it may be the best route to go, but you would be the exception not the rule.

    Good luck,

    Brian

    PS: Buy this book by David Pressman - "Patent It Yourself"

    And visit the US Patent & Trademark Office's Website
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