Post: Patent Search Returned Bad News... Now What???
Posted by Kevin on 3/07/11
Hello all, I'm a total newbie, so please excuse my
Here's my deal: I paid a lawyer nearly 10 years ago for a
patent search on an invention of mine. He found a few
patents similar to my idea, one in particular, and
recommended I don't move forward with my application. Damn!
Problem is, nothing remotely like it has yet to make it to
market, and I really want to pursue it again. I have an
actual need for this product, and am sure others would too.
I also have new connections is the industry now and feel I
could get the product placed and distributed
internationally. I had a prototype machined in 2002 and
used it successfully many times. I could be happily using
this thing right now, as well as making a killing on it,
but this bozo beat me to the punch....and has apparently
done nothing with it since.
So here are my questions: Can I make some changes to his
design and file an improvement patent to move forward to
collect my riches? Or is there anything I can do to get the
patent from him if he's just sitting on it? Or can I sell
"MY" idea to a manufacturer and sort the patent
infringement stuff out later?
Any help would be MUCH appreciated. -roark
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