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Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by ratman60, May 15, 2014.

  1. ratman60

    ratman60 Pro Poster

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    hello, while slurping a mug of tea and a cheesy sarnie i thought to ask if any forum member/s has taken a patent out/ had a good idea but done nothing/put a patent on an item only to have it copied/ or lost the patent due to costs. now i see some forum members come up with some good ideas and have you thought to do above which is frought with possabilities, so to start i patented a DIY item in the 1980s. if you know the 1st year is crucial to get the specification right. but not knowing about this i involved a patents advisor who check out with the P/Ooffice in london. i involved at cost a ideas company in london to sell it to the manufacture/business/ but after 1 year none could be found or so i thought!!!! my contract with the company in london ended and 2 years later it was on the bbc (tomorrows world) programme for those that know. and guess who took it???. another note is DYSON hoovers, did Sir James Dyson come up with the idea of bagless cleaners????? remember i said idea and not a patent. be interested to know your thoughts and comments and if you have a patent etc etc, now on the other airgun forum **s you do get a few abusive comments but i think this forum members are very good. oh will let you know on dyson and its true.
  2. terry1001

    terry1001 Major Poster

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    Protecting your original ideas is very difficult and some parts of the world don't respect patents anyway. At the moment big companies seem to be applying for, and getting, patents for almost anything and they are often so vague that they could cover almost anything. I think it is Google who has just been granted a US patent for 'taking photographs against a white background'. These ridiculous patents just drive up the cost for consumers and the only people who really benefit from this are the patent laywers.
  3. SteveO

    SteveO Top Poster

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    Crazy that the patent on drugs/medication becomes open to all and sundry after 10 years..... considering the research and money that goes into developing them!

    I would be hopping mad!
  4. stevemandm

    stevemandm Honorary Member

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    in a distant galaxy, far far away ....... actually
    as you may know, myself and the young pup, mattyts, have come up with a few things to aid/help us shooters (and fishermen). we have never bothered to patent/protect our designs and stuff, as we make it to help, and cos we can. the big boys (larger company designers, buyers, inventors etc), regularly trawl forums like these looking for ideas to copy, refine or just for inspirement, and we know for a fact that a few of our 'designs' have been copied and successfully put into production.

    so 'big boys' if you are looking ...... back off, get yer own ideas !
  5. jay5488

    jay5488 Donator

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    Was it lotus who tried to patent the shape of the Esprit???
  6. edtwozeronine

    edtwozeronine Donator

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    Newport City
    Here's a great example of that right here. Good luck Philips!

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