I have come up with a very cool and revolutionary way for people to communicate with companies and other businesses, even if you don't have their contact information.
I am looking to get my idea to one of the big mobile/browser companies (Blackberry, Google or Microsoft). As such, can someone help me with these questions please:
1-Do I have to patent my idea before presenting it to them? Patenting cost a lot and I don't have that much money.
2-Would the big companies buy my idea just like this, without a working prototype or any avaialble code? In other words, I have the idea and how it is supposed to work, but I don't have the programming knowledge to work on it. And frankly, although the final product is very simple to use and understand, building it will require some effort and technical assets.
3-What is the best way to check if my idea already existed and commercialized?
4-While I am not dreaming of becoming rich off this, if the big companies like this idea, should I expect a good payout from them just for an idea and no final product?
Msg#: 4204268 posted 3:30 am on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
>> Do I have to patent my idea before presenting it to them?
>> Would the big companies buy my idea
Why would anyone pay you anything for an idea, if you don't own it exclusively? They'll take your idea, give you a warm thanks, and use it without sending you so much as a Xmas card. Present your fantastic idea in front of some executive dude at Apple? Your starving grandchildren will find the story more depressing every time you tell it.
>> What is the best way to check if my idea already existed and commercialized?
You could start with a patent search, which is the first step in... well you know
>> While I am not dreaming of becoming rich off this
Have you invented the cure for diabetes? Then by all means ply your beneficience to make the world a better place. But if you've invented something that RIM or Apple would want to own, then only a fool wouldn't milk it for its full potential. Mister Balsillie is a b-uh-illionaire. Paper your palm with some of that lucre.
>> should I expect a good payout from them just for an idea and no final product?
No. you need the idea, and the patent, and you'll probably need a proof-of-concept and/or prototype as well.
See if you can untangle this confusing page full of numbers: [uspto.gov...]