Inventing New Products/Inventions/Is it patentable

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I have two well known trade marked products that I mixed together and it did wonders.  I want to know if I combine the two if the product would be considered a new product and then I could patent it?  Or would I need to find the ingredients in them, break them down, re-combine them and then it would be a new product?  It would really be a viable product for the house.

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Hi Tina,

You want to be VERY careful here.  The answer is 'no' you can't just take two well-known products and combine them to make a new product.  Those well-known products most assuredly have patents, copyrights and trademarks on their products, the formula for the product and the brand recognition marketing for their products.  Combining products and marketing them under a different name will land you in a world of hurt if the companies ever found out.  So my advice would be to not do this...ever.

That being said, if you somehow figure out what's in their products and put those ingredients together along with your own refinements and additions, that formula would probably be patentable.

I hope this info helps!

Happy Inventing!

Cheers,

Marty McCrea

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Commercialization of an idea is truly an art form and I'm really good at letting people borrow my paintbrush. Although, it's important to note that you are your own artist, I can't paint what you see in your mind, only you can do that. But I can help. I can answer questions about honing your idea and helping it to become more real in your mind, your research, and within your speaking. I can answer questions about market research, validation, and where to go to make your first contact. My expertise is in answering the large questions that you have into more manageable pieces. I can also assist you in finding the source of the data that you can use to prove and pitch your idea if that's the path that you're on.

Experience

In my opinion, the current way to invent is inherently flawed. Regular people like us normally get “eaten up” by the proverbial sharks in the water. (corporations, invention submission companies, lawyers, etc)

We can not stand for this any longer; you feel this too, yes?


Experience:

I have helped people think and re-think their ideas for years. Nobel Prize Winner Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi once said that "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what no one has thought." I agree with this truth with all of my heart. Now let's talk about your question, your passion, and how I can help your idea gain momentum if it is ready. If your idea is not ready for the market yet, I'll help you determine how you can get ready.

Education/Credentials
Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of Northern Iowa Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin

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