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Old 01-29-2017, 10:36 AM   #81
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Wave, I did a little research and found that the Misti is patent pending, and the patent has not yet been granted.


I know from personal experience some years ago that it's a long and expensive legal process to actually GET a patent. In the meantime, while the application is pending, there is really nothing to stop others from making a similar product.


And then, even if you finally obtain the patent, it is expensive to hire lawyers go after the many people who will copy your product anyway, especially overseas. It isn't fair to small entrepreneurs, but that is the system we have right now.
I believe the Misti was a new product, combining two other products already patented:
1) Little B Stamp positioner and 2) the Stamp Press
As a new product combining two others already patented, the MISTI itself cannot hold a patent. However, it is not in violation of the other two patents because it was a new idea.
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