Have you ever had some incredible idea and wondered if you should patent it? Most people have at some point in their life. Have you ever seen a bronze plaque of a patent on someones wall and thought it was cool? I know I have! But the real deal is a plain piece of paper with your patent info…….not a plaque. Boo Hoo!
I have a design patent and let me tell you – it isn’t all roses all the time. Yes, I was very fortunate for the first few years until someone started to infringe…….boy was I hopping mad. After many lawyer letters back and forth and several thousands of dollars, I really got nowhere. This company was a shell and we could never find a real person to actually bring a suit against so we gave up after a year or two. Then suddenly, they disappeared for a while (I thought they’d given up and I’d won!) then resurfaced about a year later with a PATENT over my patent!! After crying to my attorney – there really wasn’t anything to do any more. Fortunately they sell to a totally different market and don’t seem to be taking away any of my market share – but it is still annoying. My experts below share a few of their tips for those of you considering a patent.
Hope this helps you make a decision!
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