I appreciate the approval tongue emoticon I was going to patent something once. Only once. It was new at the time. A modification to a car. Funny ’cause I didn’t drive all that often.
Searched USPTO (this is in ’99/00) online. Nobody had it.
Learned all about the process, crunched the $ on and off at work.
Six months later, I decide to go for it. I had the money to start.
Did ONE MORE SEARCH…
…and someone beat me to it 4 months earlier. They weren’t approved, but they were in the system going through the process. I couldn’t find a single flaw in their set up where I could distinguish mine from it.
So, after a week of cognitive dissonance, I just figured, “It’s an idea whose time had come, and he had the corp connections to get his stuff pushed through faster”.
So, last time I did that.