- White Belt
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- Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:21 pm
I have a design patent and I am trademarked as well. I have done a search through my patent attorney and he has reported that its very possible I would receive a utility patent for my product which would in affect cover my basic other three ideas that are in the same category.
I'm very skeptical these days because I spent a good bit of money to get my product to a point where I had the option of signing a licensing agreement. I had several options and made a bad choice. I soon realized I had made a mistake when they blatantly broke the contract in multiple ways. I was patient for many months and to make a very long story short they stepped on the little man. After a two year ordeal I was able to come up with the money, after nearly losing everything I own, to end the contract. I have one more obstacle in the way other than the paragraph that started this whole subject which I will have out of the way soon. There has been some manufacturing and distribution of my product but not a real significant quantity, which I know from the Eligibility that is actually a second obstacle come to think of it if I decide to audition.
This sounds more like a venting session for me but I hope it is taken well. I have really grown from the whole experience and I have no doubt that my product will be branded soon in some way. I may have some sound advice to some of you out there if you take a different route other than AI. I personally took my idea to a patent attorney, learned the difference between a design patent and a utility patent the hard way because I didn't ask enough question of my attorney and he did not give the best explanation either. I drew my own drawings, took them to a mold maker, had a mold made, started ordering other items I needed, with my wife and others who we paid designed packaging, assemble our products, made video footage, hit the streets with our product, advertise in publications, went to trade shows and other shows, worked 12 to 16 hour days including driving, camped in my truck at various state parks across the country, counting dollars along the way exercising faith that we would make enough money to get us to the next show while hoping to brand our product as fast as we could. After five months of grinding we won our first editors choice award in a national magazine. In our sixth month won our second award with another national magazine. Shortly after that when we were getting some recognition we then had some manufacturers interested in our product. Feeling that I'd better sign with someone and money dried up, we did. After all our hard work and the paying of dues, I thought we made it. We had a carrot dangled in front of us for nearly two years, saw our product manufactured incorrectly, ignored, lied to, etc.. It was some of the worst feelings I've ever had. To shorten this up the best I can, I had a ray of hope and super excitement when the AI came out. Here's my chance to get some redemption. I'm hoping that Page 3 paragraph 12 is not a knife. I truly want to be on the show because I feel I have a great chance of making it to the finals if I get the chance and I hope that AI is the key to Branding my product and protecting my inspired idea. I wish all of you out there w/great ideas the very best and hope you don't get stepped on along the way because there is much deceit out there that you will have to wade through. Hopefully for all of us this is the show that will give us all the muscle we will ever need. I truly think this could be as big as any reality show if they give it the legs it needs and do it with integrity. Enough rambling. Can anyone else ease my mind on Paragraph 12?
Thanks for listening,