You are here:

Copyright & Patents/Motorcycle helmet shapes/molds

Advertisement


Question
Various helmets
Various helmets  
Hi! Do you know where I can find more data on motorcycle helmet shape/design patents?  In particular the shape and design of the hard plastic outer shell.

For example:  The Del Rosario Motorcycle Helmet has a pending patent (link: http://www.google.com/patents?id=ovPsAQAAEBAJ&zoom=4&dq=Del%20Rosario%20helmet&p)
but that was the only patent I could really find. I would like to know how I can figure out which helmets are patented, so I stay away from resemblance in my own designs.

Attached are a few different designs for reference; say I wanted to figure out which ones were protected by IP, how would I do so?

Answer
There are two ways I can think of.

The first is to go to www.uspto.gov, click on patents, then "search", then use key words.
That will bring up lots of safety helmet designs. Then you read one or more, note the categories cited, then do an exhaustive search of the categories.

This is time consuming and a real pain in the rear.

Or, for $1,200 I can get this done for you. It would cover the U.S. patents and the pending (published) U.S. filings.

Unless you have good contacts for marketing, I would suggest you invent something else as it is a crowded art and probably a tough market to break. In crowded arts, potential companies usually don't accept unsolicited submissions.

As for me, I wouldn't want to be your patent agent, as it is too tough and the odds are too great.

I don't mean to rain on your parade. I do wish you well in your endeavors.

My web site is www.morganandassociates.net

It has a very good book review page that might be of assistance.

Stay away from any invention marketing outfits, especially the ones that advertise.
 
George H. Morgan, Patent Agent

Copyright & Patents

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


George H. Morgan, P.E., Patent Agent

Expertise

U.S. Patent Law only, no copyright or trademark qualification. I was a volunteer in the past, but my homeland defense activities pulled me away at times, and I was dropped. If you want me back, I am willing to come back.

Experience

Thirty one years as a Registered U.S. Patent Agent and a lifetime in product and manufacturing process and methods development as well as sales and marketing of new products with a number of blue chip corporations.

Organizations
Rotary, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Army Aviation Association, Registered Professional Engineer, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Indiana Guard Reserve Officer

Publications
Various Society of Manufacturing Engineers & Society of Automotive Engineers technical publications. Ref. my web site: http://www.evansville.net/biz/patagent

Education/Credentials
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design Option), L.S.U., Baton Rouge, Louisiana; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics Option), University of Missouri at Rolla, Missouri, Helicopter Maintenance Course, 18 weeks, Ft. Sill Army Aviation School, Troop Information and Education Leadership Course, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Numerous Society of Automotive Engineers Seminars, Dale Carnegie Management Training Instructors Course.

Awards and Honors
Bausch & Lomb Science Award, Indiana Homeland Defense Service Ribbon, 2003.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.