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Posted By: Mike GeorgeThe legal 'speak' is quite frankly daunting when you see the finished article.
Posted By: ikimikiI just happenned upon this thread now, so I've missed much of what has been discussed.Did anyone mention to you that you have to file separate patent applications in each legal durisdiction you wish to have protection?The applications themselves cost, and the annual maintenance fees can mount up into the hundreds of thousands over the first few (say 3) years, if you're keen on protecting your technology in major markets (countries) around the world.
Posted By: julesIt's worth never losing sight of the fact that it's only worth filing a patent application if you have a plan for making money out of your invention, and a decent amount of money at that. Everybody dreams of that of course, but it's a usually very difficult to make it happen.The other thing to remember is that if an idea only has an expected shelf life of half a dozen years before the world moves on, a patent is probably not be worth it.Finally, unless you really know what you're doing it is certainly worth at least talking to a patent attorney, and probably getting him to write your patent application. It's never cheap - £1000-2000 - but the chances of you getting a patent which is actually of any use to you otherwise is remote. Of course I would say that, because I'm a patent attorney.
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