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Old 04-04-2010, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know what inspired me, but I came up with what I think is a pretty good idea for fastening bindings to a board. I'm not going to give away any details, but has anybody had any experience working with snowboarding companies and giving them product ideas? I feel as if this is something that could really catch on and when I have the money and resources, I'd love to pursue it.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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cement? lol
Lol no. It's a quick-install system that removes the need for using a screwdriver, but is still compatible with standard boards.
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You'd need a patent to protect yourself. If you share it with a company and they decide to use it, if you have nothing to prove you came up with the idea and have patented the technology, you're screwed. They'll simply run with your shit and you'll never see a dime.
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You'd need a patent to protect yourself. If you share it with a company and they decide to use it, if you have nothing to prove you came up with the idea and have patented the technology, you're screwed. They'll simply run with your shit and you'll never see a dime.
Agreed. If you think your idea will truly take off, go get it patented first.
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You'd need a patent to protect yourself. If you share it with a company and they decide to use it, if you have nothing to prove you came up with the idea and have patented the technology, you're screwed. They'll simply run with your shit and you'll never see a dime.
Before you run to the Patent Office, document your idea and seal it in an envelope. Then mail the envelope to yourself and store it as a legal document. You can also add a seal across the back of the envelope, such as your signature.
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Thanks for all of the input so far. I know about patenting it and all of that stuff, but has anybody actually submitted an idea to a company and had any success with it?
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Or follow the correct procedure and have a notary public certify the date of creation for the idea. You then have a year from that date to file a patent application. Last I check the application fee is $650 and it basicly takes a lawyer to write an application correctly.

I'm going to take it that this system is some sort of stud that screws to the deck with a disk with levered cams that lock onto the studs. Or something equally stupid and overly complex. Maybe a quick adjusting plate system like my hill has on their rental gear which sucks massively.
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I'm going to take it that this system is some sort of stud that screws to the deck with a disk with levered cams that lock onto the studs.
That's what I was thinking. Something similar to what Flux does for their tools free binding adjustments.
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That's what I was thinking. Something similar to what Flux does for their tools free binding adjustments.
Could you show me what you mean by their tools-free binding adjustment?
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