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I do work with startup companies. One way they handle this sort of thing is to keep the invention secret while attempting to obtain funding. To do this, you have to execute confidentiality agreements with potential investors. If the investors agree to back the invention, then you can use part of that funding to file for patent protection. The reality is that ...


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If you are concerned about third parties manufacturing your device and/or using your device in China, then you need to protect your invention by means of a Chinese utility model and/or a Chinese patent. Both the utility model and the patent may protect the invention so that you can forbid others in China from manufacturing, selling and using devices falling ...


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The idea of mailing it to yourself and not opening the package has absolutely no value and never has. There are many resources on the internet and in libraries that you can learn the basics of intellectual property from - particularly the difference in copyrights, trademarks and patents. There are two kinds of "protection" one, is protection from someone ...


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To obtain a patent, an invention needs to be useful, novel and non-obvious to a person skilled in the technical area. To me, your description doesn't meet the non-obviousness requirement since you are reproducing a well known design. Likewise repurposing used materials isn't by itself novel. That said, there is nothing I can think of that precludes obtaining ...


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