I thought it was mandatory to have a patent on your invention. But from the very beginning she quickly stated that, even if I managed to get a patent, it would be very easy to legally bypass it.
So I applied for the much cheaper and easier design protection from OAMI. It’s supposed to stop the competition manufacturing and selling something with the exact same shape as my gadget. Not that great, but a patent wouldn’t be better in this case.
If you ask me, a patent is good for three things:
- If you have LOTS of money you are able to sue people/company’s that infringe your patent.
- You can sell or license your patent to others and get sweet royalties without doing shit.
- To make sure your not infringing some one elses patent by mistake.
Poor man’s choice
It felt like a drawback that I wouldn’t have the advantages a patent brings. But in hindsight it worked quite well just having the design protection solution.
- If someone would infringe on my design/patent I didn’t have the money for any legal process.
- Producing Gearfix was rather lucrative to do “in-house” in comparison of a small royalty.
- Accidental infringement wasn’t an issue in this case.