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Byline: Alan Sugar

Dear Sir Alan

I HAVE come up with an idea which I've tried and tested and, to my knowledge, there is nothing on the market like it. I'm fortunate enough to be a toolmaker, so not only have I made it out of metal but I've also made a mould so it can be made out of polyurethane. Please advise me of the best course of action to take now.

Mark Zinzan, by email

Sir Alan says

YOU say that you have been in touch with the UK Patent Office about safeguarding the design and trademark etc, but have not heard anything from them.

I am a bit confused about this.

First of all, the Patent Office is an authority that will examine and register your patent - they are not an advisory bureau.

And they will certainly not pass an opinion as to whether they think your product is commercially viable or not.

They allow you to make applications to them to patent a technique.

There are set procedures when applying for a patent, which also includes paying a fee. It seems that you are doing something wrong. If you want to know how to go about making a patent you can get free information from the Patent Office.

You can contact them by calling 08459 500505, or if you have a computer visit their website at www.patent.

If you have a few bob to spare you may wish to use the services of a registered patent agent who could do all this for you.

But beware of certain so-called "invention companies" that claim they can market your product on your behalf - you should only use a registered patent agent.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2003
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