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You want to be an inventor?
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Clod    Posted 06-13-2004 at 18:36:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe you have an idea of something you intend to invent? That was the thing that made America an outstanding nation in the past.Many things around the world were invented by US citizen,Some became very wealthy.Some became very poor.Most were thought of as fools.Untill those few made something that was found useful by large numbers who would pay for the device. Some were actually fools,Who had ideas that failed to subscribe to the laws of physics. I had several of the latter myself. But you must learn some things if you are interested in inventions that may be useful to industry corporations. That is,Decide if it (the invention) is worth about 3 thousand bucks of your own hard earned money. If not then you may not care much about your invention,,If you think it is worth three thousand bucks then spend that money to get a US patent. That is my advice. You can take that for what it is worth to you,Which is likely very little. But dont forget I told you this.


BOSS    Posted 06-13-2004 at 20:30:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's mine

http://www.gtape.com/

getting it going was a whole lot more than $3000 though. But still worth every penny.

I have 3 other inventions that I will be getting out in the next few years. I want to get G-Tape established more first with more suppliers and stores.


~lenore    Posted 06-14-2004 at 08:37:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not that it matters but,
I am impressed!
Really great idea.


Grove r    Posted 06-13-2004 at 21:27:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boss, that is one super idea, congratulations are in order.....is this available in stores? or just by mailorder? I certainly have need for such a novel idea. Just goes to show that something doesn't have to be hi-tech to be usefull, and a valuable asset to ones own endevours.

When I went to the inventors council, one of the things they told me is, "the product should include two areas of use to have the edge in the market place....one was, target older people, and the other was the leisure market. My "object" targets both, so am quite assured that it could be a "winner". Thanks for sharring, Boss.....R.E.L.


BOSS    Posted 06-14-2004 at 02:52:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few supply houses across the country are pushing it right now. We are in the begining talks with Lowes right now, the good thing about that is they came to us, so it looks good with them. It is slowly getting around. Right now mainly businesses are purchasing the tapes, usually done over the internet or over the phone.


big fred    Posted 06-13-2004 at 19:53:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
As a design engineer, I've come up with several ideas that would be patent-worthy, but have only pursued it twice. In both cases, the company decided against getting the patent since the idea would then be public knowledge. I dunno, seems to me any fool with a screwdriver and a tall ladder coulda checked those out easily, but I ain't the patent lawyer at the company.


Grove r    Posted 06-13-2004 at 19:19:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, again, Clod....good advice, to be sure, have been down the elusive trail of inventing for quite some time now....even had an item approved through an inventing council, only to find upon more research, that the item had already been covered, even to the choice of name! Mind you....and only becuase I'm narrow minded and selfish about what MY invention could do....and that was to be better than the one that preceeded mine....The one most singular problem I have with getting a good idea off the ground is the fact that I must pay someone for the privelidge to do something with MY idea!!! This of course is after the patent search and all....but still....too many greedys out there looking to make a buck off this stuff, and that is before anything can happen to realize any income from the venture. One thing one must do before all else.....have everyone that has anything to do with the "invention", sign a confidentiality statement. And to prove the date of conception...put copies of pertinent information with dates, into a big envelope and mail it to yourself...when you get it back, DO NOT open it, leave it sealed and file it in a safe place. This will give you some protection if you are ever challanged about who thought of it first. I am no expert on this, but have run into a few pitfalls that are potentialy fatal, financialy....have a gooder, R.E.L.


Clod    Posted 06-13-2004 at 19:59:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best advice I have heard was from the US Patent office.I bet they have still got the free booklets. They have no incintitive to lie to folks so i believe they are offering only facts.After years of experinence with dealing with this or that business or large coropration I would say listen to the patient offic. The large corporations will make you sign an agreement then they steal what they want,IF they find they like the thing. But if you get ripped off dont expect to find a witness who is involved in publications in the trade.


Burrhead    Posted 06-13-2004 at 19:58:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
years ago I did'nt invent an idea I just thought of a new way to put 2 old ones together for a different end use.

Being the most intelligent feller I ever saw I called the large truck manufacturer who puts them out and they sent out 2 Injinears to see how it worked.

2 days of interrogation later they told me my idea was one of the most riduculas ideas a grown man had ever had.

2 years later they included the very stupid idea into their new trucks and still use it today.

The only paperwork I ever got to see was a confidentiality agreement I signed. They did'nt even buy my dinner and gas to come in and sign it.

Oh well back to the drawing boards.


big fred    Posted 06-14-2004 at 08:01:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Burr, combining ideas in new and novel ways is definitely as worthy of a patent as a brandy-new idea is. One way of protecting your patent rights is to somehow get your idea published. The publication date establishes your ownership of the idea.


Burrhead    Posted 06-14-2004 at 08:59:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
it just never snapped on me before they clipped me that they would cut you off at the knees like that.

If I ever have another brain storm that aint just a thunder clap it'll be written and documented with pix too.


Clod    Posted 06-13-2004 at 20:20:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
They do have some shysters working in high places. But I dealt with several magazine writers in a field.(Long range rifles)I guess Burrhead knew I had the gun hobby.. I got a idea to zero scopes useing a truck mirror with a grid on it.A light in the chamber,, A sdpecial adapter machined to fit the muzzle with a 70 thousands hole in the center,,The mag writers were informed by me,Then several companies afterwards,So eventually it was best choice at Outdoor life mag..But my name was not attached.Those who could have been my witness remained silent. They all avoid direct interventions. They like thier jobs better than honesty.


Jimbob    Posted 06-13-2004 at 20:58:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Strangest invention I ever heard of.

According to a outstanding citizen of the community, this other person invented a gasoline engine powered hoist using centrifical force. He needed some advice to get the thing under control. It would vector off at right angles, etc.

You see, it would lift a 500lb item without being attached to an overhead structure. It somehow injected at perfect timing a silicon type fluid into a chamber on a flywheel, then emptied it out say 20 degrees later. The first models came apart & almost injured the inventor. One destroyed their garage by cutting a side wall out.

Anyways, a demostration of the finished device was shown to Rockwell International per the story. They traveled to see it and stated they would buy the design, but wanted to know how it worked before they paid for it. The inventor stated they pay first, then they would go thru the details. Rockwell stated no, we must know how it works. The deal fell thru & the machine was disassembled 25 years ago.

Perhaps it is a BS story, but the person who told me about it is not a person to make up a lie. We used to work together on secret projects for a few major corporations. We never did leak any info to others.


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