Don't laugh but I am in the process of filing for a provisional patent on a wood box. Once obtained I am going to look for hi end furniture manufacturers throughout the US and Canada. At this moment I need to work with and license the best in class small to medium sized companies in Illinois, Wi, Mn Michigan, and possibly the costal communities as time moves on. CNC will be one requirement. I have legal council who will be providing the necessary legal papers. As soon as the provisional patent is approved more will be revealed. Prototypes being made now.More info to follow but I just wanted to put out feelers at the moment. If even remotely interested in this opportunity please do let me know. Best Regards
Don't want to rain on your enthusiasm, but unless you have a lot of $ to spend on protecting a patent they are of little value. If it is a great idea and sells well you have to hit the market fast before the Chinese knock it off. The lawyers are the ones that make the most money from patents.
Have you done any marketing studies? What kind of volumes are you looking at? Can't say if I am interested because I don't have any information. In 40+ years of woodworking, the only deals I had go bad were two different jobs where the customer had a big money making idea, if I would only build some to start. I'm very skeptical.
Have you used Google Patent search yet? https://patents.google.com/ Your Attorney will charge several hundred to over a thousand dollars to do that for you, your idea may not be new. Who gave you the advise to get a patent over a copyright. Copyrights are less expensive and easier to get. The company I work for has defended many copyright claims 2 of them went to federal trial, unless the law firm takes your case on contingency it will cost you $200,000-$300,000 to take it to trial and an additional $200,000-$300,000 for the trial itself.
A provisional patent gives you a year to make it come to life, then you have just as much involved in patenting it as you would if you went for a full patent now. That saves you a bunch of money up front, at the cost of the full patent. It's a good deal if you work hard and fast.
Question is, are you ready and equipped to bang the heck out of your idea to get it moving? Wood companies are notoriously reluctant to pay for information technology. It will take a lot more than a blind notice with a vague description to get them to put cash on the line. For instance: how much will it save? What kind of machining will it replace? How much easier or more flexible is it? Even allowing for the necessary vagueness, your post doesn't sell your product.
Make sure you have a Plan B or you could be out your investment.
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