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  • justjk

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    May 27, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    I know this is odd, but i am awful with finding things on the wwweb, so i was wondering if anyone out there might have any help for me, i have an idea for a new invention to be used for diabetics, and was wondering if anyone knew the best way for a person to obtain patents? get the ball rolling? etc>? Thanks! would love to know how to get things started
  • ShawnTX

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    May 27, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
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    May 27, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    I would suggest going to the library and getting a few books on it. There are a few issues you need to consider when applying for a patent.
    Is it a single patent or are there multiple patents for your invention?
    How have you 'time stamped' it to verify it's conception later if needed? (Keep all your notes, preferably dated, concept ideas, sketches, dated conversations.)
    How can you prove the 'uniqueness' or originality of your idea?
    Is anyone else involved in the ideation? If so, how?

    These are just the start, but a few good books will tell you how to implement the process to protect yourself.

    Avoid the websites that offer to patent things for you. Most are scams. will provide forms for you but not legal advice. Thus the books tend to be better references.

    Seriously, there may even be a "Patents for Dummies" book available as a good starting point.

    If your idea(s) are truly original, and useful and/or cost cutting, then get the patent before considering venture capital.

    Remeber, first and foremost, "Documentation is everything!"
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    May 27, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    There are some firms out there (private equity, legal, etc) that specialize in bringing medical technology to market. Doctors frequently come up with inventions and new techniques, then work with these firms to get the patent work done, get funding, and try to turn it into a business.
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    May 27, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    Here ya go;

    I hope you're a huge success and help out a lot of people. Diabetes is a horrible disease. I was just at the VA Clinic this morning and some of the poor guys who have Diabetes are in a world of hurt.

  • justjk

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    May 27, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    Thanks for the ideas guys, and yes diabetes can truly suck!! having had it since i was 3, but i am one of the lucky ones, my idea would be a big help, so even if I can't do it myself, i'm gonna have to make sure someone comes up with it, even if the accolades have to become someone else'sicon_lol.gif