Inventors: Zehr; Gregg (Los Gatos, CA), Whitehorn; Symon J. (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Appl. No.: 11/277,893
Filed: March 29, 2006
Also, you don't have to actually create the product to receive the patent for it. The idea is that the patent protects your right to build said product, without worrying about a faster competitor beating you to the punch.
I'm not saying I agree with how the patent system works, but how I understand it, Amazon's patent isn't affected by any product released after they submitted the patent request.
Or so a patent lawyer told me, anyway. It's possible I misunderstood something.
A much better way to establish priority is to file a provisional patent, good for a year.
The book "Patent it yourself" makes good reading - not as good as working with a patent attorney, but a lot cheaper.
Sans getting it notarized, of course. But that costs time and money too.
Or can you fake the date with Gmail? If so, know of a possible alternative? I'll probably end up using it.