Sunday, December 29, 2013

This is a test post to see if there is any life out there.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


This is a test post from a new tablet.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Discovery Channel's Top Engineer


If you watched my blooper video from an earlier post you are probably wondering what that was all about. I have sent in a Home Audition Tape and Application for the new show Top Engineer that will be on Discovery Channel. I was asked to do this after I sent in a preliminary email. The first casting will be sometime the first part of April. I will keep you all informed. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Please Vote.


At the request of my daughter please go to this website and vote for Lake Martin Animal Shelter in Alexander City, AL. Do it daily. Thank you.

Time to Start on the Patent Application

Okay, time to start filling out the Provisional Patent Application.
I seem to be lacking on some drawings and specifications. I will need to investigate how intense this needs to be.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Provisional Patent

Straight from the USPTO website.

"Provisional Application for Patent Filing Date Requirements
The provisional application must be made in the name(s) of all of the inventor(s). It can be filed up to 12 months following the date of first sale, offer for sale, public use, or publication of the invention. (These pre-filing disclosures, although protected in the United States, may preclude patenting in foreign countries.)
A filing date will be accorded to a provisional application only when it contains:
a written description of the invention, complying with all requirements of 35 U.S.C. §112 1 st paragraph and any drawings necessary to understand the invention, complying with 35 U.S.C. §113 . If either of these items are missing or incomplete, no filing date will be accorded to the provisional application.
To be complete, a provisional application must also include the filing fee and a cover sheet identifying:
the application as a provisional application for patent;
the name(s) of all inventors;
inventor residence(s);
title of the invention;
name and registration number of attorney or agent and docket number (if applicable);
correspondence address; and
any US Government agency that has a property interest in the application.
Form PTO/SB/16, available on the printable forms page of the USPTO website at be used as the cover sheet for a provisional application."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Inventor Help Website.

Found a website that offers a lot of great information for inventors. There is a page that details fraud, invention promoton scams and such. Great warning information for inventors. Detailed information about the Google advertiser from my last post.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Who do you trust?

Since my last post I spent a couple of hours reviewing my notes and reading about the patent fees on the US Patent Office website.
The process of getting a patent is not only daunting but expensive too. The steps that have to be followed, the people that need to get involved (lawyer, agent, etc.) as well as the fee structure (application fee, issuance fee, and maintenance fees); no wonder there are so many companies out there to make a quick buck off of unsuspecting people.
Who do you trust?
In my gmail account home page I had an advertisement for a Patent Lawyer/agent that was placed there by Google. Placed there by the Google Machine (crawlers, algorithms, see earlier post ) that had identified that I am interested in patents and inventions. I clicked on the advertisement and did a search of the lawyers name with “complaint” in the search engine (used Google) and low and behold this lawyer has already had over 29 complaints (and counting) ruled against him by the patent office. Things like charging outrageous fees, signing powers of attorney for the clients, and misrepresentation. Thanks Google for leading me in the wrong direction, I guess all is ok as long as the lawyer’s check clears the Google bank.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Back To Work

Well I am back to work on this project. I have been busy with work and life, but I am ready to start the ball rolling again on my idea/invention. I never really quit working on the idea but things have been moving slow and I have not been updating my blog.
Latest Developments:
I have reworked the design of my invention. After tinkering with the initial prototype (by the way there is a prototype), I had a couple of issues that needed to be solved. I have reworked the design using a piece of equipment I found at a cooking supply store. This item worked nicely at addressing the issues that I encountered with the initial invention.
I contacted a company. I sent an email to a company that specializes in items such as my invention to gauge their interest. Their response was positive, they told me they would be happy to look at my invention but not until I had patented it.
Next Step: Patent Pending