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Hi all, I have an idea for a product that I would like to invent and market. However, I really don't know how to progress it. I have contacted an invention company but they want to charge at least $395 for a patent and then more as the idea progresses. I know I can conduct an online patent search but I believe it may not be as comprehensive as a professional and my idea is somewhat difficult to search for as it could be titled a number of things. A preliminary search revealed that there is no similar product that has been patented to date but I do not know what the next step is. Has anyone out there invented something before and saw it to fruition? Can you recommend a person or company that I can consult or partner with? Thanks in advance. Michelle.
My elderly father is a retired science teacher and holds a patent on an engine he's invented, a steam to vacuum device that could recapture exhaust steam from some other process. He has a prototype in the garage. We need some contacts, ideas, and help in determining how to proceed, how to get this great idea developed. I posted this a few years ago,and after a few false starts, he is now ready to proceed! Thanks in advance for your expertise. Bonnie
bay area & sacramento chapters are the closest. i've attended the mountain view monthly meetings and sought specific advice their with one-on-one consulting. monthly keynote speakers are patent attorneys, business consultants, marketing & commercial development pros...
i like this group as there's usually a good pool of extremely bright folks in the room, specifically stanford / silicon valley types among others to bounce ideas off of. also, a healthy dose of everyone else, from young engineering bucks, & retirees to soccer moms. ideas range from concepts stage to folks with patents in hand.
oh and by the way, it's legit; not a fraud type org like you fine in t.v. commercials... best of luck! idea girl
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