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Old 09-04-05, 02:23 PM   #26
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You can start here: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac...ral/index.html

Write a description of your invention. Include drawings and test results if applicable. Sign and date everything, and get a witness to sign and date also. Talk to a patent attorney. The initial consultation over the phone is usually no-cost.

If you don't already have one, get a non-disclosure agreement. That will protect your rights to the invention as you discuss it with manufacturers. If you discuss your invention with anyone, make sure they sign your non-disclosure agreement first.

That's just the beginning. How successful you are depends on you.
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Old 09-04-05, 04:50 PM   #27
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Someone told me you could send a certified mail to yourself that has your ideas/drawings/whatever in it. This way if someone steals your idea, you can prove that it was yours. He called it the "poor man's patent".

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Old 09-04-05, 05:50 PM   #28
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I think you're thinking of this.
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Can your idea be used on existing bikes?
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Old 09-04-05, 09:02 PM   #30
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Bontrager I was about to say the same thing. A friend of mine did this with some writings of his that were going to be published.

Just mail it to yourself a couple times and don't open it.
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Old 09-04-05, 09:21 PM   #31
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Just because Richard didn't reply to the biospace comments, just curious, did you read this?

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/biopace.html

Just in case it is the same.

Good luck though
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Old 09-08-05, 09:03 AM   #32
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Thanks to each of you for your letters of encouragement and advice. I have had three engineers review my design and confirm its feasibility.

Here is wishing us all good luck in our individual pursuits.
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who said it was a "hot breakthrough"? besides you. seems lame to me.
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