7 min 7 sec

Should I hire a lawyer and get a patent?

Getting a patent is expensive and requires a long process, but a listener has a simple idea that can be easily copied. Should she worry about it?
Patent Q&A

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What It's About

We explore the conversation around getting a patent and protecting your idea.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1110
Advice about getting a patent is not one-size-fits-all. It’s something that I’ve had to get schooled on because I don’t know a lot ... but at least now I know what I don’t know. It’s taken me a while, but I think I actually have a decent answer to this question which comes up from time to time. Today it arrives from Rebecca, so let’s dive into her situation, along an answer that promises to be at least somewhat informed.

"I have an idea. I can't stop thinking about it. It is something I need and everyone else I ask also needs. I cannot figure out how to decide if I need a patent. You say often not to worry about that, to just focus on the idea, but once in a while, it seems it was important someone went through that process. The money to hire a lawyer seems daunting.

But it is a simple idea that would be easily copied, quickly. I also need to figure out how to get a prototype and manufacture it. I love the makersrow website I came to through a few of your posts, but my idea is not fashion or textile-related. I wonder if there is another "matching" website you have heard of for 3-D designers, like makers row, but for more physical hard products, not fashion/clothes/textiles."

Listen to today's episode to learn more...


Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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