Patent problematics

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Unscrew your assumptions of patents.

Miss Cutie Pie advised me that my lamp holder wasn’t that great and I certainly didn’t need to patent it.

Mo patent?
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.

Design protection
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.

Patent perks
If you ask me, a patent is good for three things:

  1. If you have LOTS of money you are able to sue people/company’s that infringe your patent.
  2. You can sell or license your patent to others and get sweet royalties without doing shit.
  3. 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.

  1. If someone would infringe on my design/patent I didn’t have the money for any legal process.
  2. Producing Gearfix was rather lucrative to do “in-house” in comparison of a small royalty.
  3. Accidental infringement wasn’t an issue in this case.

This is the living story of my venture to design & produce a completely new product for the consumer market. Hopefully it will inspire you to take a leap and do the same. Right now i´m in the middle of my mission and will mix recent events with an abundance of retrospective posting. My goal is that you will find it interesting, entertaining and invigorating.

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