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I hope this is helpful. Ask Patents is not part of the USPTO but is just a group of volunteers trying to provide patent information to the general public. Our answers are not authoritative. The USPTO does have a department of people specifically to work with the offices of other countries. It is called the Office of International Patent Cooperation. A link ...


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A US patent is still possible until one year after the first publication. Not many other countries offer this though - and with different time frames. To the risk, well, if your product is easily copyable, it might be copied. On the other stuff, yes, patents aren't cheap and can be discouraging and there is no promise that your application will be granted. ...


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To supplement another answer - You mention a "main mechanism". A critical point before drafting a patent application is to determine what you think that the invention is. If you have invented a new carburetor you do not need to show a whole car and you might discuss variations of the carburetor that make it suitable for a lawnmower. An invention ...


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I'm not an attorney, but generally you submit drawings that illustrate just the specific mechanism involved in the invention with enough context to explain how it works. Ordinary elements like motors and gears can be illustrated generically. You can get a pretty good idea of what patent drawings look for by looking at other patents. You can use Google ...


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Your reasons for not filing are understandable but have no bearing on patentbility. You say that it has been exposed to many people. As another answer mentioned, for a U.S. patent there is a (limited) 1 year grace period from the first publication. The grace period is also started by a public exposure, demonstration, sale, and offer for sale. Public ...


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First and foremost make sure the employment agreement you have with the freelancer makes clear that you will own all intellectual property that comes about as a result of the work. It is likely that the designs and schematics will not be eligible for a patent. To obtain a patent an idea must be novel, non-obvious and useful. If the freelancer is simply ...


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