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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Patenting Without a Lawyer, and Other Questions on: February 06, 2008 09:02:24 AM
Alaris, thank you for the great information, and the link!!

CraftyChef, great idea!  Why didn't I think of that?  Cheesy
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Patenting Without a Lawyer, and Other Questions on: February 05, 2008 11:58:08 AM
Well crap.  That sucks...because getting a patent is a long and expensive process. Sad
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Patenting Without a Lawyer, and Other Questions on: February 05, 2008 09:35:18 AM
Supposedly, by sending yourself a copy of your design and NOT opening it, the postal stamp proves the date that this design was created.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Patenting Without a Lawyer, and Other Questions on: February 05, 2008 08:46:54 AM
I have come up with an idea for an original product that I would like to patent, hire someone to make, and start a small business selling these products.

My first step will be getting this design from mind to paper, and then mailing a few copies of said design to myself...serving as a sort of temporary patent until I get the official patent for my product.

I have a few questions, though, for those of you who have patented an original product and currently own your own business selling these products.

1) Did you use a lawyer to get your patent? Why or why not? If not, was it very difficult to get your patent? My husband is an Irish immigrant, and we did not use a lawyer to take care of his (thousands of dollars worth of) immigration documents. I'm assuming if we can do that, we can do just about anything regarding government paperwork. Any thoughts?

2) Can I start selling my products before I get the patent? I know I can do that legally, but would you recommend it? Can people "steal" my idea while I'm waiting on the patent? I have read that it can take up to two years to get a patent, and I would really like to start selling my products within the next six months.

3) How would you all go about hiring someone to create the first product? Did you just make it yourself? It is possible for me to do this, but I do not feel my skills are advanced enough to create a professional product. I need to hire someone, but I'm worried that if I did so, this person might steal my design. Is my "temporary patent" (the mailed copy) enough to keep someone from doing this?

Thank you for any advice you can offer!
5  Florida / Florida: Central / Re: Central Florida crafters!! where are you?? on: April 07, 2007 11:55:23 AM
Hi Everyone!

I'm in Lake County.  We have a Wal-Mart in Mount Dora and Leesburg that has a pretty good craft section, a Joann's in Tavares (the staff is absolutely awful: rude, unfriendly, and unhelpful--but of course I go there anyway Undecided), Chez Casual is a small yarn shop in downtown Leesburg that has a great selection of fine yarns, and there is another yarn shop in downtown Mount Dora called Knit N Needle Nook.  Also, there is a bead store in downtown Eustis called Beads and Beyond, but I haven't been there yet.

Nice to meet you guys! Cheesy
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: my first dragon on: April 07, 2007 11:38:26 AM
Oh my gosh, I love her!  She's so adorable!  I want to just curl up under her wing! Cheesy
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Convection Oven Question on: April 06, 2007 12:22:19 PM
Oh dear.  I went out last night and bought some Fimo, a couple Sculpey II's, a bottle of Sculpey Liquid Clay, and some supplies. Undecided

I do have a mild latex allergy...I didn't even consider this when deciding to purchase the clay.  I suppose I could wear some type of non-latex gloves, but that will make it much harder to sculpt, won't it? 

Maybe I should just look into the other types of clays that you all mentioned.  Man...this stinks... Embarrassed
8  U.K. AND IRELAND / IRELAND / Re: ire (Ireland)? on: April 06, 2007 09:07:32 AM
Ya know...I was just thinking.  Do any of you shop for fabrics at markets?  My husband was telling me that he used to fix computers for an Indian family who had a market stall in town, and they used to sell beautiful silks from India.

Is this a common thing?  In your experience, do most markets have at least one or two fabric stalls?  And if so, where are these markets?  I'd love to visit them. Smiley
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: first post, ferret figurine on: April 06, 2007 08:52:49 AM
I think he's adorable! Cheesy
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Little monsters on: April 06, 2007 08:46:41 AM
That's adorable! Cheesy
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