Can I protect my product through a patent? 3 Answers as of September 20, 2010

I have already made a part that a company wanted to buy from me and when I said no they copied it. I have designed another part that shows more market potential than the previous and I am wandering if I can protect it.

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
If a company pays for a design, it owns the design unless otherwise agreed. If you think you have a patentable item, then hire a patent attorney or firm to research and apply.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/20/2010
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
Yes. You would need to file a patent application before 1 year passes from the first showing, sale public use or offer to sell this new product.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 9/20/2010
Kafantaris Law Group
Kafantaris Law Group | Theo Kafantaris
You can still patent it if you are within 1 year of disclosing the invention to the company, or anybody else for that matter. After 1 year of your first disclosure, you won't be able to patent your invention.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/18/2010
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