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By Stephen Paul Gnass
|1. Start your logbook. Have 2 witnesses sign each entry. Periodically have your log book notarized, about every 3-4 weeks.
||Investment: Under $5 for a mead-type composition book.
About $10-20 every month for notarizing your log book.|
|2. File a Document Disclosure with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to establish the date of your idea's conception.
||Investment: $10.00 plus postage. |
|3. Send yourself and/or a friend a full description of your idea by certified or registered mail as back-up insurance.
||Investment: about $5.00|
|4. Use a Non-Disclosure Agreement only if you have decided to work with a specific company that absolutely needs itin order to perform their work.
So, for an initial investment of under $50.00 and $10-20 for notarizing your log book, you're protected under the U.S. "First-to-Invent" patent system. And, you're keeping your costs at the bare minimum while you do the preliminary research and development steps to test and proceed with your idea.
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