Cottage Industrial Revolution is a U.S. based company, offering Consulting Services to the United States and Canada.

Protect Without Patents

Patents are EXPENSIVE, requiring the expenditure of relatively large amounts of resources, for a return of relatively little protection. Contrary to popular myth (perpetuated largely by people who profit from the patent processes), a patent is NOT the best way to protect your idea from theft. There is a better way, that is far less expensive, and far more effective. It requires only a certain amount of ingenuity and some common contractual terms.

A combination of corporate paranoia based on the fear of selling anything that is not patented, and the laziness of individual startup owners who take shortcuts on product development, means that if you have a manufacturing process that gives you a natural edge, serious competition rarely emerges, and when it does, it appeals to a target market that would not purchase regularly from you anyway. 

There is definitely a trick to making this work well, but it can actually work better than costly patents.

A phone consultation that lasts about 1 hour is $200, with email follow-up support. You may need additional services, which we will quote in advance, but for many businesses, the initial consultation is all they need.

You can contact us about a personal consultation regarding your product protection. We will also be announcing classes on this subject soon. Call 435-263-1425, or Email us.

Take the First Step

Ready to ask a question or discover your options?

Call 435-263-1425, or Email us.

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We are business professionals, offering suggestions and skills training for traditional business operations methods. We are not lawyers, and we do not offer legal advice. We are not accountants, and we do not offer financial advice. We do share information for some business practices that are sometimes handled by a lawyer or accountant, but which many business owners choose to handle themselves.

Business is a risky thing, and no one can provide a magic formula for success. The concepts, skills, and strategies taught by us are sound, and have the potential to yield significant benefits, but individual results will vary, and positive outcomes are not assured. Your success may be influenced by your attitude, your understanding of the material taught, political or economic factors, or even natural disasters. We strive to present accurate and helpful information, but offer no guarantees.

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