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    Inventions/Patents

    does anyone have info/knowledge of inventing something, then patenting it? Like where to file for patenting an idea (can an idea be patented?)/invention (I'm American but I live in Thailand). Is there some "universal" patent office, etc.?
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    yes, quite easy and cheap

    ask an IP lawyer and he will do it for you,

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    Try member Loy Toy.

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    If you patent something you have to publish what it is and how it is done. Just saying.
    Patent only protects something by law so you'll have to be prepared to defend your patent. I.e $$$
    If it is worth money doing whatever it is then the Chinese will copy it and you'll have to defend your patent in a Chinese court!

    But yes a Thai patent would stop anyone in Thailand copying your idea.

    Buy yes Loy Toy knows best.
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    you will still need an IP lawyer since some documents are in Thai and needs to be filled properly,

    it will save you time and money, unless you want to waste time and money translate all Thai procedures to understand what to do

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    All good info- thanks everyone!

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    I researched patenting a safety device years back, still valid, but end of day could produce only the idea and drawings/specs but not the finished product, which meant (at the time) that any interested party could make a couple of minor modifications and call it their own. Then I got divorced and dropped it.

    Good luck.

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    ^ you mean the braking system on your avatar?

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    about as much as you're a POOR farang from what you've posted of what you're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poorfalang View Post
    ^ you mean the braking system on your avatar?
    Naa, depending on the urgency I just tap/kick him in the goolies.

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    Don't know that patents mean much in the east.....best to build it and market it...take the early innovator profits for as long a possible, then sell by product differentiation if possible.
    Worked for a major US electronics corp with team of lawyers etc...always chasing eastern companies copying patented product.
    Problem seemed to be that courts etc take so long and most products only have a 7 year patent life.
    Look at the tablet market for example? Doubt many Chinese companies are paying royalties on Android software?

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    Thailand is now a member country of the PCT patent treaty and have an office in Bangkok.

    You should speak to a legal firm for advice and Tilleke and Gibbons are probably the best here in Thailand.

    They will explain of the process of patent preparation and application in detail but don't show anyone your ideas without getting them to sign a secrecy/ non-circumvention agreement.

    It is not cheap so do your own research on prior art claims before you sign an agreement with any patent lawyer. Good luck with it.

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    555 to ANYTHING protected in Thailand, China or any other country. Unless you are doing a very BIG project, you don't have a prayer. I've asked LT how to do a patents search and can't get a clear answer.

    Where do you go to get an answer? It's all hidden unless you have done it BEFORE.

    It's CRAP as far as I know, There are NO abc's to doing a patent search and it just seams that you have to PAY someone to do it.
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    WHO will explain of the process of patent preparation and application in detail but don't show anyone your ideas without getting them to sign a secrecy/ non-circumvention agreement.

    It is not cheap so do your own research on prior art claims before you sign an agreement with any patent lawyer. Good luck with it.

    So How do you do the research?

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    ^
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    Err, yeah....I suppose....

    Search for Patents

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    Here's a modern way that might interest you. It's a website for people with ideas. You'll have to do the research on the site and all it offers but it looks quite interesting for an average guy with an idea.

    Quirky Makes Invention Accessible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Thailand is now a member country of the PCT patent treaty and have an office in Bangkok.

    You should speak to a legal firm for advice and Tilleke and Gibbons are probably the best here in Thailand.

    They will explain of the process of patent preparation and application in detail but don't show anyone your ideas without getting them to sign a secrecy/ non-circumvention agreement.

    It is not cheap so do your own research on prior art claims before you sign an agreement with any patent lawyer. Good luck with it.
    Very practical and sound advisement, LT

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