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I have a baby line product I want to get a patent what are the steps and best way to do it with out a lawyer?

Want to do this on my own and not be taken for my product…

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one way is poor mans patent, make copies, be as detailed as possible, put in envelope, , then another envelope, send to self, the post mark is dated and will hold up in court, i suggest, doing this with more than one copy, and having at least 2 witnesses sign it, in case one dies or something.
when you get them back, put in safe deposit box or safe, do not open till in court


First, despite was was said by others, there is no such thing as a poor man’s patent. For more explaining this myth see:

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/protect_idea.html

If you do not want to use a lawyer to file a patent application you are likely going to need obtain some kind of help from somewhere. You can get a copy of the popular book Patent It Yourself, which will help you understand the basics, but this will still leave you open to making a lot of mistakes.

IPWatchdog, Inc. offers a service to independent inventors that allows them to create their own patent application using an online system. The process, in a nutshell, requires the inventor to submit answers to a detailed invention questionnaire, with the submitted information being used to create a first draft of the application. A patent attorney then reviews the draft and sends it back to you together with questions, suggestions, explanations and additional information. You modify the draft as you see fit and then return it to use for a second review. A patent attorney again reviews your application and again returns it to you with comments and suggestions, assuming any additional modifications are warranted. At the time your second review is returned to you we also provide you with the completed forms you will need to sign and send to the United States Patent Office together with the application. You will receive detailed instructions on what to do with these forms and exactly how to send them to the Patent Office. For more information see:

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/inventor_services.html

You can also obtain information about filing an application from the Patent Office at:

http://www.uspto.gov

Good luck.


NOLO is a great, free informational site. Also, be sure to read what the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) has to say about patents.

Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you’ll inevitably have as well as many you haven’t anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links.

Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

Getting a Patent:
* Patent It Yourself (11th Edition) by David Pressman
* Patents and How to Get One : A Practical Handbook by U.S. Department of Commerce
* How To Make Patent Drawings Yourself: A Patent It Yourself Companion by Jack Lo
* The Inventor’s Notebook: A Patent It Yourself Companion by Fred E. Grissom

There are plenty of free informational resources out there. Check the source box for links to articles.

Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!


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