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I am sorry for this dilemma. But not sure I understand your specific question. Do you have a question regarding this?
How so...that is, why do you believe you have a claim? I understand you mailed an idea into a manufacturer...but that is all I got from the question. Is there more information?Did the manufacturer use your idea? When?
Thank youAnd how long has that been in place (how long has the similar product been on the market)?
One more...did you ever apply for a patent?If so, when?
I fear you have waited too long.
The statute of limitations on a patent claim is 6 years. Since this happened over 6 years ago (in fact nearly 30 years ago)? And since you never actually obtained or applied for a patent? It is too late to bring a legal case
This is the part of my job I don't like...when the law is not in favor of my customer. I wish I could tell you that you can still sue, after nearly 30 years, but I can only provide you information based on the law so that you can act on the best available information to you...I wish I had better news, but can only hope you recognize and understand my predicament and don't shoot the messenger. I'm sorry!
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