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Treaties and Foreign Patents
AMERICA - What a Country !! --> This is one big world. The latest survey shows that three out of four people make up 75% of the world's total population :-)

-- When you obtain a U.S. Registered Patent, you are protected only for the area within the United States of America and its sovereign territories and nowhere else.

---- The United States of America contains over *314,317,806 people and you may think that this is a lot? The World contains over *7,037,659,318 people .. and THAT is a lot! [*09/07/2012] - Over 95.37% more people than your conceptual market for business. --

-- Census, Scope, Census 2010 Data, Charts, Maps and Rankings

-- "2010 Census: U.S. population reaching 313 million --

-- To impress you further, there are 140 patent offices of which the United States Patent Office is only one among the many of them. -- To impress you still further, there are over 30-million patents filed in those foreign patent offices. -- There are a lot of creative people dreaming-up new ideas that lead to inventions that are worthy of obtaining "Patents."

--> To prove to the USPTO that 'you' deserve a patent, you have to provide the examiners - from your research - the "prior art" of the many issued U.S. Utility Patents, the found non-patented inventions relating to your "idea," and the found foreign patents pertaining to your invention as well. -- To do this monumental task, use both the research facilities of the PTO and the assistance of Delphion, Inc. -- Go to: --> www.delphion.com

-- -- The Delphion Web site was charging $29.00 for use of a 1-Day Patent Pass in its search facility prior to July 2002. That fee has been waived. You may now use the "Basic service" on its site for FREE. -- You will find that Delphion goes further in depth with their research than the USPTO and provides a more useful research source (at this time.)

-- You've almost worn yourself out and now you are about ready to take-on the world. -- Start with one person. Sell him or her your product. Now find number two. Keep seeing more people... Sell them. Keep moving ahead. Keep selling your product one-at-a-time. It's hard, but keep it up and after you've sold twelve dozen, you can provide a 'track record' of your 'nailed-down' proven sales. You'll have shown product acceptance.

--> Yes!! You'll Have Product Identity Proof!! ----> -----> You are on your way.. --> On the road to millions. As proven by the determined success of Ron Popeil.

-- "Ron Popeil" --

-- You say that there is a company out there on the Internet that says it will help you obtain a patent and that they can 'do it all for you'? Don't you believe this, no company can do that.
-- You say that if that company sends you a hand signed Nondesclosure form, that you can trust them? :-( Again, don't you believe them. That's the hook to pull you in. They have provided you with a ND form that is a 'lose-lose' for you. You better read the fine print and ask a lawyer what it means?
-- When you want an honest answer to an Invention problem, call upon a Patent Attorney or a Patent Agent and ask him or her your inventive questions. Most legal problems about Inventions will be answered over the telephone and by going to see them at their offices. Stop worrying. Most patent practitioners won't charge you for their first half-hour.

-- And it's best getting a second and even a third opinion.

-- Read: --> "2,500 Years of Communications History" Part 1: 500 BC - 1899 AD" -- --> Continue Reading:
--> " .. Part 2: 1900 to the present day"

-- "St. Louis Small Business Monthly" --

-- --> "Robots wimp out in desert run"
-- -->
"DARPA Report" -- --

-- --> Robot R&D Races Forward: -- OCT 2005: Last weekend, 23 teams competed in the DARPA Grand Challenge, a race of robot cars across a complicated, 130-mile, off-road course in the Mojave Desert. The winner was "Stanley," a highly modified Volkswagen Touareg entered by a team from Stanford University. To win, Stanley had to handle the desert course without any human help--using only the artificial intelligence his engineers gave him, plus what his learning software gleaned from practice in the desert. For their efforts, Stanley's builders win $2 million, plus a significant spot in the history of robotics. Until this year, no robot car had ever finished such a race.

-- "Driverless SUV wins $2 million Pentagon race - Invention - MSNBC.com" --

-- "Darpa Puts On Contest to Find 10 Red Balloons Across U.S. - NYTimes.com" --

-- "Balloon hunt nets $40,000 for MIT-led team - Innovation" --

-- "Robot maker’s fortune built on a simple idea" --

-- "Internet lending sites come under stress - International Herald Tribune" --

-- "FBI says Dark Market sting netted 56 arrests" --

Intellectual Property (IP) Acronyms

Around 1995, the repartee "Freaken" entered the Lexicon.


-- Indian Chief, "Two Eagles," was asked by a white government official, "You have observed the white man for 90 years. You've seen his wars and his technological advances. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done."

-- The Chief nodded in agreement.

-- The official continued, "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?"

-- The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied. "When white man find land, Indians running it. No taxes, No debt, Plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, Clean Water; women did all the work, Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex."

-- Then the chief leaned back and smiled.

-- "Only white man dumb enough think he improve system like that."
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------------> > "Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian." --
-- Robert Orben


-- "Innovation always starts with an idea; when pursued this turns into an invention and, after a lot of hard work, into a potential new product which then requires even more hard work and expense to launch into the marketplace. Innovation almost never happens if inventors are not excited about their inventions.

-- However, caution is likewise necessary. Without it, you may end up spending a lot of time, money, and effort pursuing an idea which solves a problem for you, but which lacks commercial potential. When this happens, you end up putting that time, money, and effort into a project that doesn't go anywhere. That’s time, money, and effort which could be invested in another project.

-- No one really knows what the odds are as to whether an idea will be successful in the marketplace. That depends on the commercial quality of the idea and the quality of the venture which develops and markets it."

-- -- “Attend the right trade show to license your invention” by Paul Niemann

-- Regular readers of my newsletters know that I am sold on attending trade shows when you’re in the process of launching a new product.

-- There are several main benefits of attending trade shows in your industry, which I learned again first-hand when I attended a trade show last week for one of my products, for which I managed to find a distributor.

-- After speaking with Frank West and hearing him explain how he met his future licensee by attending a trade show, I thought this would be a good time to talk about trade shows again.

-- Attending at a trade show gives you at least 3 main benefits:

1. It allows you to meet with representatives from many companies at once, rather than flying all over the country otherwise. Plus, you will learn of many companies worth visiting who you may never have heard of before. For example, if you’re trying to get an automotive product on the market, the convention wisdom would be to stop by the booths of the main automakers. But you would also want to visit with some of the many suppliers to the auto industry who sell to the big companies – and they’re much easier to work with than the big ones.

2. Attending a trade show also allows you to see what some of your competition is doing when you visit their booths.

3. Attending a trade show allows you to learn much more about your industry. When Frank West went to the sporting good supershow in 2006, he talked with booth vendors who have been in the industry for a long time, and this was helpful.

In short, I have benefited from almost every trade show that I’ve ever attended. And I usually do NOT rent a booth, which is usually very expensive. In fact, sometimes it’s better to NOT rent booth space, especially if you go to the trade show alone.

Here’s why: If you rent booth space, it means that you’re tied to your booth most of the time. If you’re alone and you leave to explore the other booths, then your booth would remain unstaffed and, as a result, unvisited.

On the other hand, if you don’t rent booth space, you’re able to wander the exhibit hall to meet with prospects and to see what others in your industry are selling.

Frank West found a distributor for his product by showing a sample of his product to people at a number of booths (while having proper IP protection, of course), and he received very favorable comments from the majority of them. But his eventual distributor was a man who owned his own company – who also did not have a booth there – who Frank met in the hallway outside the exhibit hall.

We’ll close this story with Frank’s own words: “I guess the moral of this story is that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. I’ve found that the more people I talk with, the luckier I get. There’s no guarantee that my new partner will be able to bring in a lot of sales of my product, but we’re off to a good start.”

And it would never have happened if not for the industry trade show that he attended.

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© 2012 Market Launchers, Inc.

Paul Niemann runs MarketLaunchers.com, where he lists his customers’ inventions on his website’s invention database so they can be seen by companies that search for new products to acquire. Visit www.MarketLaunchers.com or call Paul Niemann at (800) 337-5758 or niemann7@aol.com for more information.

-- -- The European Patent Office -- Journey back

-- -- Many of the Intellectual Property (IP) acronyms are a result of treaties.
e.g. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT); European Patent Convention (EPC); European Patent Office (EPO); European Union (EU); International Patent Documentation Center (INPADOC); International Patent Institute (IIB) -- Consumer Price Index - Urban (CPI-U); Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Prosecution Applications (CPA); American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA); Department of Commerce (DOC); North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

"People who need to justify the value of computer equipment that they donate to charity, frequently use prices cited by Internet recycling services.." -- The CPI-U in 2001 was 3.6%; in 2002, 1.5%; in 2003, 2.8%; and in 2007, 2.3%.

-- --> "News: Sports Computer Language Unveiled"

-- --> How to find out what certain pre-owned computers, lap-tops, printers, etc., are worth?
-- -- "People who need to justify the value of computer equipment that they donate to charity, frequently use prices cited by Internet recycling services, such as, www.recycle.net/computer/-- used to estimate a computer's value.
-- A more precise approach is to pay $9.95
to the American Computer Exchange (www.amcoex.com)for an online appraisal that evaluates the features in a given computer system and estimates what it should be worth as salvage. [intelligentmailbag@flogo.com]

SUCCESS is when a stranger states, "I sat next to him in class at school." -- SUCCESS:
At age 4, success is: - not peeing in your pants.
At age 12, success is: - having friends.
At age 16, success is: - having a driver's license.
At age 17, success is: - having sex.
At age 35, success is: - having money.
At age 40, success is: - having good health.
At age 50, success is: - having money.
At age 69, success is: - having sex.
At age 70, success is: - having a drivers license.
At age 75, success is: - having friends.
At age 80, success is: - not peeing in your pants. ;-))


-- Hold it!! -->
-- -- We've just learned of another company that is aggressively seeking new products from inventors. M&M Fitness Equipment, which is a licensee of Everlast, is looking for folks who have new fitness and cardio equipment. If you don't recognize the name Everlast, you should! It's synonymous with boxing. If you have something in the fitness and cardio equipment line, contact M&M Fitness at 212-822-1566 or send an email to ronk@msgmail.com.

-- I received a request from Patent Attorney, Charles Mc Closkey on 10/19/2006:
-- "Bob:
A local business broker firm seeks patentees with patents in soy based oil for elevators. If you know of anybody, have them give me a call. Chuck"
legale@socket.net - 314-872-8136 - Charles Carroll McCloskey IV

-- Some have asked whether they can get a patent for an existing invention? The real question to ask, "Why would I ever want this invention patented?"

INVENTORS WANTED -- Give me a few minutes and I'll make a few points with you. -->
I'll tell you a story that will tie-in to several angles that an Inventor must truly consider before going ahead with a deal, and they are:
1. Read closely the instructions. Be sure to read the fine print.
2. Read the contract as if a lawyer would be reading it. Ask questions? Get facts. Know the answers before asking the final question... BEFORE SIGNING. Don't be a "putz with a fountain pen".
3. Know that "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true, in nine cases out of ten !!" -->
4. One word can change the meaning of a sentence and one sentence can change the meaning of a paragraph. Each party must initial each change of wording to give it final approval.

-- -- Manny Fink the Tailor -- --

-- One can't be prepared for every eventuality and this story has to do with one big business executive having to step-in and give a lecture at his company's annual business meeting:

-- It was a very important speech that he alone would have to give... and his company depended upon him to give it. The big problem was that he had lost quite a bit of weight from dieting, around sixty pounds, and his dress suit wouldn't fit him. He needed a tailor... right away!!

-- The executive remembered seeing a tailor shop in his home neighborhood and rushed right out with his oversized suit.

-- Sure enough, the tailor shop was there, just where he remembered it. There it was with that almost faded large sign painted on the weather-worn brick wall:

{{{* MANNY FINK *}}}

-- Manny said to this guy (Executive), "Vell, you vant it qvick. I kin do dat. I kin make it for you ready in four hours. - Here, let me try it on for you.. -- I'll just make some adjustments here to fit you."

-- The Executive could hardly believe his ears. --
-- He thinks to himself..
"I need it done, I need it done quickly, And I need it done by a professional who knows what he is doing.. and from the looks of this tailor shop, this Manny Fink must have been in business for years... He'll do it RIGHT - for FREE!! -- The sign says so on the wall."

-- When the Executive gets back to Manny Fink's in about four hours, he is pleased to try-on his altered suit. -- It looked and fit perfectly. It looked like a new custom made suit. -- He was overjoyed.

-- "Wrap it up. I'll take it!" said the Executive.

-- Manny says, -- "That suit vas very hard for me to do. I verked mine fingers to the bone. I even had mine assistant help me out and ve rushed to get dis suit done in-time for you. - Single needle threads.. Dat vill be $435.00 for mine labor for mine verk. -- For you, still a bargain."

-- "What are you saying!! The wall sign says in big bold letters, "Manny Fink, what you think? I do mending for Free!!"

-- Manny Fink looks him straight in the eyes and says: "Mr. Bigshot, who-who, you crazy? You can't read? It says, "Manny Fink. What!? - You think I do mending for Free!?" -- Gimme mine $435.00 for mine mending NOW or you don't get mine suit. -- Ver did you go to school ver dey say you kin get sumting fer nuting??"

### Robert Byrne said -- "Getting caught is the mother of invention." -- "You'll pay the bagpiper or naugh' dance the pipes play."
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