Originally posted by Scott Chenow:
I am taking steps to patent it right now. I am running a U.S. Patent seach and will see if I truly have any rights to it.
1. Unless you have done this many times before, or are a patent attorney, running your own patent search means absolutely nothing. Someone trained in the law and who has experience is necessary to prosecute a patent.
2. There isn't much overlap between patents, and magic ethics -- the results of a patent search won't inform you very much as to whether you "truly have any rights to it".
3. So what if it is patentable -- you will find out what many other inventors have before you. Getting a patent is expensive, and doesn't protect you from people who want to knock off your invention unless you are willing to take them to court (and spend more money). A patent is a license to sue -- nothing more. It doesn't mean the government will step in on your behalf and keep others from ripping off your idea -- you still will have to be your own police force. Unless you see a profit potential of tens of thousands of dollars, it won't be cost effective to patent this.