What is the Procedure to get Patents(/How people get Patents?)? How to know whether that particular idea was patented earlier by someone else before? How much does it Cost? Is there any Website For it?
Thomas Edison was known by those who worked for him more as a thief of ideas than as an inventor of anything that was in any way useful. The most unfortunate decision of Nikola Tesla's life was to go to work for Thomas Edison.
Edison was notoriously disdainful of those whose brilliance outshone his, and the Tesla alliance did not last long.
Later Tesla worked on furthering X-ray technology, as well as inventing the Tesla coil, a device still used in many wireless products today. There is no denying that Nikola Tesla was a genius when it came to invention, but he definitely lacked something Edison actually did possess: the ability to manipulate public opinion and intimidate others.
What most people do not know is that Edison ran a sweat shop think-tank and brought out all the fruits of his hired labor under his brand name and patent. In 1890 an English inventor named William Friese-Greene, hoping to join this invertor`s club and wrongly thinking his moving picture process was protected by patent, set copies of his research to Edison.
Edison did not give Friese-Greene a job but he did give Friese-Greene`s research to W. K. L. Dickson. Dickson was the Edison wage slave that had the movie bug. He was the driving force behind film. Edison was against projecting images in a theater setting. Edison was looking for a better nickelodeon device.
Edison then protected his stolen idea with a hired band of club welding thugs who would bust up the equipment and the operators of movie cameras not paying him for use of his patent. One of the reasons that the film capital of the world is in Hollywood is because filmmakers were trying to get away from edison`s club welding thugs who chased them across the country.
Even on the other side of the country filmmakers had to fear Edison`s thugs. Samuel Goldfish, later Goldwyn, use to sleep with all his exposed film under his bed and a shot gun propt agaist the night table for fear of the look arm of this beloved inventor.
Yes patents are very costly, you need a patent lawyer only a fool trys to write their own patent.
The real cost is enforcement.
Edison and the like filed thousands of patents, Edison was great at busting other folks patents and filing them as his own. These were almost a century ago, things are very different now.
really? i owed lot on Edison...i treated him as my Role Model, but after reading this...feels like it would be a wrong decision!
Patents are very useful if you are a young entreprenuer aiming to start or grow a business. Investors will look for certain key ingredients in a young business in order to invest their money, and one of these is ownership of patents.
In North America, the typical cost to get a Utility Patent (a patent of an invention of some sort) is about $10,000 in legal fees but can certainly have a large range around that figure. I know of one friend who got his own patent by writing his own application and doing all the work himself. His cost was only the patent office fees and he was not only successful in getting his patent, but actually received a compliment from the patent examiner for doing such good job on it.
It is also possible in North America to patent a "design" in the sense of the appearance or styling of an object. This is called a Design Patent, and the typical fees for getting this type of patent are considerably less than with a utility patent. On the order of one or two thousand dollars even if done through a patent attorney.
Large companies collect patents because they use them as currency when dealing with other companies. When you have a large number of patents and then someone comes along and claims that you are using one of their patented inventions, you can threaten them back the same way using your large collection of patents and in the end you may agree to trade some patent rights, or cross-license or some other compromise. So patents can be very useful when defending yourself.