Nurse Inventors

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    Hi,

    Just wondering if there are any nurses who are also inventors out there?

    Thanks!
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    Hi, I think there are plenty nurses out there with "brilliant ideas" we just don't know how to get our ideas off the ground...I would like to patent some type of OTC med created by a nurse similar to the "AIRBORNE" fiasco but without all the lawsuits hype...
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    I have a couple of patents from when I worked at a medical device company and designed some components. I was more the overall ideas woman, and then the engineers made it happen. Still goes under my name though!
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    Quote from ghillbert
    I have a couple of patents from when I worked at a medical device company and designed some components. I was more the overall ideas woman, and then the engineers made it happen. Still goes under my name though!
    that is great!!!

    Question how would one get started...your response is appreciated...
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    Good question! I have some great ideas and don't know where to start either. I surely don't want someone to take my idea without compensating me. Given away enough ideas with no credit. It used to not matter, but now that I am older and need something extraordinary to put on my resume, there is no proof that those ideas came from me.
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    I have 2 ideas but i dont know where to go or what to do to have those ideas come true. One time , I submitted an idea to an invention company, at the end , they were asking me 8k to get it done. Now, because they know my idea, they did it as if they were the one that invented it. So now i dont even share my ideas to anyone thinking that they will do the same.
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    Lani - that is what I am afraid of might happen! Its a shame because they know you don't have $8000 laying around, probably think you don't have enough to sue them for taking your idea...especially when you didn't bother to patent it. I wonder how many brilliant ideas have been held back because of people being afraid of being taken advantage of. I wonder, if you are a nurse if a hospital liked your idea if they would sponser it getting developed if their name was connected to it? Might have to work at a teaching or research hospital for that to happen though. I know there must be some hospitals that try to motivate nursing innovation.
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    Quote from RN2bMBAnext
    Lani - that is what I am afraid of might happen! Its a shame because they know you don't have $8000 laying around, probably think you don't have enough to sue them for taking your idea...especially when you didn't bother to patent it. I wonder how many brilliant ideas have been held back because of people being afraid of being taken advantage of. I wonder, if you are a nurse if a hospital liked your idea if they would sponser it getting developed if their name was connected to it? Might have to work at a teaching or research hospital for that to happen though. I know there must be some hospitals that try to motivate nursing innovation.
    Hi, thanks for replying. Thats a very good suggestion, but I dont work in a teaching hospital anymore.
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    My stuff was developed while working at the device company, so they "own" the technology. However their patent attorney also submitted the patent applications in the names of the people who obtained them.

    If you work independently and have ideas, the first move would be to get something on paper describing it (doesn't have to be fancy) then go to a patent lawyer.

    Here's some info: http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/howtopat.htm
    Last edit by ghillbert on Jun 19, '09
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    Get on the net or anywhere really, and find yourself a "non-disclosure agreement" form, and DO NOT EVER EVER EVER...even hint at your ideas to anyone that hasn't signed on the line. Then pray they steal your idea... LOL...
    Seriously, the guy with the submitted paperwork is the guy that gets credit, period.

    Also, I hear invention companies are mostly scams... they end up with the majority of the money and credit for "making it happen", as posted above.


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