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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bontrager
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelnel
    I think you're thinking of this.
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    Can your idea be used on existing bikes?

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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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    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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    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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