Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Free motion quilting invention >

Free motion quilting invention

Free motion quilting invention

Old 04-08-2012, 10:28 AM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
Default Free motion quilting invention

Hi, I have an invention and do not know what steps to take to get it out there. Quilters are very inventive. Is there anyone out there that could give me some help. I believe this will be a product many will be able to use. I need some direction first.
Thank you. Leanne
lea1 is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 10:45 AM
  #2  
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sturbridge, Ma
Posts: 3,993
Default

Do you want to market it yourself - initially at least?
Have you applied for a patent?
Holice is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 11:39 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Elkhart, KS
Posts: 406
Default

Put that pre-paid legal to work! LOL
quiltyfeelings is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 12:56 PM
  #4  
Super Member
 
Krisb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Asheville, previously Lake Vermilion, Tarpon Springs
Posts: 1,561
Default

Obtaining a patent is essential for you to own your invention, and should precede marketing.
Krisb is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 02:22 PM
  #5  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4,782
Default

The problem with inventions is that big companies with deep pockets will steal your idea, if it looks like a money maker, whether or not you have a patent, and it's up to you to police it, discover the theft and sue them, which can be costly for an individual. Generally they'll offer to buy your invention from you, and if you don't agree to sell, they'll bankrupt you with a lifetime of legal wrangling. Sorry to sound so downbeat, but that's just the way it often goes.
JustAbitCrazy is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 02:29 PM
  #6  
Super Member
 
paulswalia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Vermont
Posts: 1,095
Default

see if there is a local chapter of the Small Business Association. They have a corps of retired employees who volunteer to help start up businesses.
paulswalia is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 03:23 PM
  #7  
Super Member
 
Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 6,161
Default

Get a patent and sell it here. Im sure that most quilters venture here anyways
Dolphyngyrl is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 03:41 PM
  #8  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: SC
Posts: 1,909
Default

Talk to a patent attorney before you do anything, including telling anyone what you have invented. Let him (or her) guide your next steps so you don't lose out on anything. Good luck!
momto5 is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 03:53 PM
  #9  
Super Member
 
Pat625's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: North Pole
Posts: 1,643
Default

First PROTECT your idea!~! Get that patent, and monitor competition closely!! Can't wait to hear what it is, and probably purchase it!!
Pat625 is offline  
Old 04-08-2012, 09:35 PM
  #10  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: MS
Posts: 2,624
Default

One of the first things to do before you put out money for a patent attorney is to do a research for products that may be similar to yours. You may not see the product out in the market place as readily but it may be in the works somewhere. Best of all you can do the research on your own. We have a R&D center in our area which was free to browse the inventions already "on the books". Your invention would have to be substantially different not to infringe on an existing project. When I worked for a manufacturing company, we had to do this all the time before we marketed a new product. We didn't necessarily have a patent on our projects but we did "register" them...this is using the tiny (R) after the name of the product. This is different from a name trademark (TM) which you would eventually need to do..although some names cannot be trademarked unless they are unique. There is a lot of law that goes in patents, trademarks and registered items. It is very expensive to bring the product to market thru all the hoops to jump thru. But don't be discouraged but do protect yourself by dating any design drawings, taking photos of the invention in progress and as stated, don't let ANYONE see your drawings or prototypes that you can't trust. I believe there is invention information you can research in D.C. also. Another concern is NOT to fall for those firms that say they can get your invention to market.

Last edited by Nanamoms; 04-08-2012 at 09:37 PM.
Nanamoms is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
PegD
Pictures
23
02-23-2011 03:54 AM
Riversong
Main
88
01-11-2011 05:00 PM
quilter in the making
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
5
01-09-2011 09:22 AM
Mousie
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
46
11-19-2009 06:00 AM
Lisanne
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
18
10-12-2009 03:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.