I have tried searching this answer till i am blue in the face, but it is difficult for me to interpret other examples to my situation. I'll keep it short:
(For the sake of discretion, I will use an example. The items described, are not what i am assembling...just an example.)
- If you assemble a bread-toaster mechanism, inside of a 5 gallon bucket with controls mounted on bucket... What sort of patent would that be, and would it: protect me from anyone else from being able to mfg/marketing a "toaster in a 5 gallon bucket" in combination?
2.) If I wanted to mount a standard bench grinder inside a 5 gallon bucket with just the wheel poking thru the lid, would that stop others from being able to manufacture/market a "grinder in a bucket" combo?
Obviously, I am not the inventor of either item (toaster or bucket), they are readily available on the market for anyone. But my question pertains to the combination of 2 items together,
(specifically, doing something with a bucket that has never been done, and the fact that it is encased in a bucket, is important. No other vessel that can hold the weight that a bucket can, is available anywhere near as cheap as a bucket, thus: If I can protect the act of putting it into a bucket form, nobody can produce it for anywhere near my price.)
And what sort of patent would this be? A utility patent?
Thank you for any help you can give,