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  • #16
    Re: Changes to the GIA

    TSrobotics,

    Thanks for the information. We had our regional championship tournament yesterday and my team was awarded the 1st place Innovative Solutions award and also the GIA nomination from the tournament. So it looks like the next steps are submitting the proposal online. I see they suggest getting a provisional patent when moving forward. Do you have any insight on whether that is necessary yet or should we maybe wait until such a time as the project is one of the 20 semi-finalists?

    Thanks,

    David
    Coach Team 1631 Cherry Pi

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    • #17
      Re: Changes to the GIA

      Not every team who does win the award is going to want to compete for the global innovation award. I can remember a season or two where my team did exceptional with the research but by the end of the season were just done. They were no longer interested in the topic and wanted to try other new things.
      Coaching the Flamingos since 2004!
      Team #79 - The Blue Cheesy Flamingos
      https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooFLL
      http://www.KalamazooRobotics.org

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      • #18
        Re: Changes to the GIA

        Originally posted by dpaxson View Post
        I see they suggest getting a provisional patent when moving forward. Do you have any insight on whether that is necessary yet or should we maybe wait until such a time as the project is one of the 20 semi-finalists?
        That is up to you and the team.

        If you feel the idea is patentable, I suggest getting a provisional patent. Imagine your team members applying for college or a job and on the application it says that they applied for a patent at such a young age.

        If you feel the idea is one that you could turn into a real product or business and its patentable, you should REALLY consider getting one.

        Note, both of the above are irregardless of whether you are a semi-finalist or not.
        As the coach of the Blue Cheesy Flamingos said though, you might just be done. It would be a shame to throw away a patentable idea because of that.

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        • #19
          Re: Changes to the GIA

          Originally posted by dpaxson View Post
          TSrobotics,

          Thanks for the information. We had our regional championship tournament yesterday and my team was awarded the 1st place Innovative Solutions award and also the GIA nomination from the tournament. So it looks like the next steps are submitting the proposal online. I see they suggest getting a provisional patent when moving forward. Do you have any insight on whether that is necessary yet or should we maybe wait until such a time as the project is one of the 20 semi-finalists?

          Thanks,

          David
          Coach Team 1631 Cherry Pi
          The provisional patent is easy to do and pretty c-h-e-a-p (if you compare to what the full patent costs). We talked with a patent lawyer one year and he said the only think a patent is good for is if you plan to sue someone. His advice was to wait until the results of the GIA were done and then submit based on how well they did. If you are never going to bring the product to market, then the patent is useless.
          Coaching the Flamingos since 2004!
          Team #79 - The Blue Cheesy Flamingos
          https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooFLL
          http://www.KalamazooRobotics.org

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          • #20
            Re: Changes to the GIA

            Originally posted by BlueCheesyFlamingos View Post
            If you are never going to bring the product to market, then the patent is useless.
            but I do think a parent/provisional patent looks good for the kids when they apply to college...
            Outside of that I agree.

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