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Patent Advice

10 July 2007
Pebble Beach
Anyone go through the Patent experience online or use an attorney?
Interested in hearing about your experience and costs.
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Before you do anything do a GooglePatents search. 95% of the time there is almost always an existing patent out there, no matter how unique you think your idea might be.
If it is a unique idea you can file a provisional patent yourself(been reading up on this myself) for a modest fee($125 for small entity and less than 100 pages I think) before needing to file for an official patent. That way you at least have it in the pipeline in case someone tries to patent the same idea. I think it gives you 12 months to file for an official patent.

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