I am an inventor and the past product that I invented about twenty years ago was stolen from me by other online companies, some of which were not based in the United States. This impacted my sales so severely I could no longer enjoy the small profits that I previously enjoyed.
20 years ago I did not file for a provisional patent
. And I did not take legal action against those web site owners/operators that stole my invention
This time I applied for a provisional patent application, and I would like to protect my invention from those same anonymous web site owners/operators from stealing my patented invention or disclosing my trade secrets
. I’m flirting with trademarking and copyrighting even the description of how my product is designed to deter people from disclosing my invention without my permission.
The problem with my last invention and this invention is that I only have sufficient research and development to invent a product using off the shelf products and materials, and therefore, I am very concerned someone will disassemble my design and duplicate my exact product or come close too it and either sell the product outright online using their website or provide explicit instructions on how to create a less expensive version of my product.
If my product sells very, very well I will be able to significantly reduce the costs and then I’m not as worried about a little theft but this is a very niche product to make life easier for people who are missing/inoperative limbs, so I expect sales to be very slow at first, and I can’t afford for people describing how to make the product to the general public or reverse engineering and selling it themselves.
So my question is how do I prevent, both inside and outside the US, from stealing my product design and reselling or revealing my trade secrets (e.g., the exact materials I use and configuration)? (And I cannot afford to hire an attorney or purchase patent
insurance at this point.)
If thieves put me out of business this time, my morale will be too low to invests the resources and time in making inexpensive, high quality commercially available products ever again. I spent thousands of dollars developing this product and need a better return on my investment than my last invention which was stolen.