Here it is: https://patents.google.com/patent/US7366595
Six months before I had the idea, this guy filed it. It was “it”.
Then I realized, “Well, a good idea is a good idea is a good idea whose time had come. He just beat me”. —- after a week or so of feeling deeply disappointed and angry first.
I saw a million dollar idea, so did he. After that, I realized that ANY good idea I have… SOMEBODY OUT THERE already thought it, most likely. Thousands of people probably thought it. Perhaps millions.
So I changed how i look at things. Now, I view them as my employees in a fictional corporation. Thomas Edison ish. That way, when I see “MY GREAT IDEA” out there I can be relieved to see they finished my project for me.
Pretty much. It’s not that you don’t HAVE to, but there’s not a realistic chance of success unless you have bare minimum $72k/yr income. It’s not cheap to go from idea to prototype to product and any less income and you’re into “starving artist” territory, and nobody wants to see you.
Funny thing is, I don’t drive. Why was I inventing a car camera system?
You went further than I did. But I know that feeling. From an open employee paradign, they’re basically your workers or children. That’s how I’d look at it. You have a right to take pride at their success, even if they don’t say thank you.