How much different does my design have to be for me to get my own patent?Then if I do, how do I find a manufacturing company?Rollerblades & inline skates. What do those two have to do with you? Just this: the courts have held you need to have a NON-trademarked generic name for your product so your competitors can have similar products with a name that doesn't interfere with your product's name. Thus you have Rollerblades and inline skates.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genericized_trademarkIn the USA, the Kleenex name has become, or as a legal matter nearly has become, genericized: the popularity of the product has led to the use of its name to refer to any facial tissue, regardless of the brand.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleenex#Kleenex_TrademarkIronically the Wiki article cited above lists Webster's dictionary which was itself a victim of trademark theft. Webster's failed to defend the name "Webster" when other dictionaries first came out using the name "Webster's" so when it finally did get around to filing suit the courts threw out Webster's case.Sorry, almost all of what I know about patents is here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent#Enforcement
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