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Student Entrepreneur turns to Plan B

Simon Barker
8/17/2010 12:41 PM EDT

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DrQuine
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re: Student Entrepreneur turns to Plan B
DrQuine   8/21/2010 9:56:59 PM
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Simon, As you may know, there are two kinds of protection that can be obtained for a novel invention. One is the "utility" patent (USA and UK); the other is the design patent (USA) / registered design (UK). If you believe that your design is aesthetically unique then the "design" route may be appropriate. If you believe that the technology of the stand is unique then a utility patent may be appropriate. Especially in Europe, many rights are lost when an invention is shown in public so if you are planning to file for legal protections, be sure to do before they are lost.

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todd.myers   8/20/2010 4:35:12 PM
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AMEN!

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David Ashton   8/18/2010 8:49:21 AM
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Simon Go for your wooden stand. In the trade it's called "Proof of concept" - it shows that your idea can work, even if it's not ideal. It's better to do that and find out its a dud (though I don't think it would be in this case) than to pour heaps of money into it and THEN find out it's a dud. Another thing. If you know your idea is good, take out a patent on it. Otherwise, some other smart alec will steal it.

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SimonAtEHSense   8/18/2010 7:11:48 AM
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Hi Anet, Glad to hear you looking forward to hearing more soon. I'll post a more detailed update this week, I was going to write the 2 pieces as one long article but it turned into a bit of an essay so felt it better to split it in to. Apologies if it lost some of the details. Thanks for the feedback though Simon

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SimonAtEHSense   8/18/2010 7:09:05 AM
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DrQuine, Interesting point, I hadn't looked at it like that. My initial plan was to make the stand from wood, cheap to manufacture, light weight and different enough from the rest of the market to make it stand out. When I started showing the stand to people everyone said that they like the concept but didn't like the material and that plastic would be better. I may get a short run (20 or so) made out of wood and see what kind of feedback I get from people using them. Cheers Simon

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DrQuine   8/18/2010 3:18:29 AM
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I'd like to hear the reason for dropping plans "to make the stand out of a material that required very little initial expenditure". This sounds like the ideal approach to roll out an early version for user testing and to develop "buzz". It doesn't make sense to invest in expensive molds or production systems at first because expensive rework would be required for the next version. Once the design is "locked down" then it could make sense to productionize for mass production.

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Anet   8/17/2010 9:40:41 PM
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Hmmm, I sort of think that this article isn't really newsworthy. It doesn't really tell us anything. I'd have waited until you were ready to divulge the new idea/company. Looking forward to hearing more about that soon.

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