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    Who should I hire for this?

    Let's say you have something that is useful to eBay's and many other sites like it. You want to make a deal with them and you can't do it on your own. Who would you hire to it for you?

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    A programmer? A lawyer? Dentist?

    I guess it would depend on what you need help with.
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    Sorry, let me make it more clear. Let's say that you have a system to make ebay's pages load faster. Now you need to convince them that they need it and negotiate the deal. Who would you hire? A sales person? A link would be nice.

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    A patent lawyer, quickly.

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    /agree
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    Are you all robots?

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    Yes.

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    I know you are tke71709...Mike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tke71709
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    He means 45918858!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman
    A patent lawyer, quickly.
    Brilliant answer
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    I thought lawyers help with protecting your intelectual property, not with marketing it. Let's just pretend the legal stuff is out of the way. I want to hire someone to market it to online businesses.

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    If you have something of real business value, you shouldn't need much help convincing them that they need it. However, since it isn't built yet the only thing you really have is an idea. Hence, a patent attorney is key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by codejunkie
    I thought lawyers help with protecting your intelectual property, not with marketing it. Let's just pretend the legal stuff is out of the way. I want to hire someone to market it to online businesses.
    If you give away your idea to eBay without building it first, they can patent it and use it without ever paying you a penny, and keep you from ever using the idea too. It's not who thought of it first but who built it first.

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    Yea but you could patent an 'unbuilt' concept (if it qualified for a patent) and then license/sell the rights or ownership couldn't you?
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    I guess you can. But in the meantime, anyone else that comes up with the same idea or learns of it can patent it, and you can't beat their patent without prior art... does writing it down constitute prior art? I shoulda just stuck with "A patent lawyer"

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    Arrow would This Help?..

    Hay guys. im just out of a blue.
    i think u should go with a Programmer a
    they know a lot of stuff and heaps of contacts that you need and Dont need.
    Even if you have a friend who is one, ask Him/Her (wich would propably be Him) how to make your page go faster and see if he can help you out with ur problem.
    Well thats what i would do anyways. ... hmmm...
    i'd give you some contacts who could help, but i'm on the other side of the world a.

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    I've got no experience with this so take everything I say with a pinch of salt!

    Is a performance enhancement really patentable? Surely any programmer/developer given the task of improving ebay's (for instance) site would be able to make a list of issues to address. Unless what you've got really is groundbreaking - then I'd agree with getting your idea patented.

    I don't agree with this though:
    Quote Originally Posted by Sagewing
    If you have something of real business value, you shouldn't need much help convincing them that they need it.
    I would say that sometimes it's not enough to just have a good idea/product/service (how many of those are out there!). I would think that the amount of effort you have to put in to sell your product depends on who you're selling it to. Again, no experience in this so these are only musings

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    All your patent are belong to us.

    Dont' tell anyone about it - get a laweyer and file for a patent if it's really innovative.

    If it's truly innovative and will save/make someone millions of dollars, you better patent it now and don't tell a soul about it except your patent attorney. Not even your mama!!


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