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  1. #27
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    If you invent a tool, and you don't get a patent or provisional right away, and you use it at work, and someone sees it, it is considered as disclosed publicly, especially if you have waited a year before getting around to doing anything.
    I use several tools at work that I invented that I can never patent. It's ok because they make life easier and I share them with my fellow workers.

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    An issue that small guys have with the patent process is not only getting the patent but trying to defend it. A big company or Chinese firm can make knockoffs and sell you out of the market before you even get a chance to recognize the infringement. Paying to defend your patent in court is also prohibitive to many people making the patent useless.

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