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Old 01-05-2012, 05:55   #26
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Old 01-05-2012, 23:40   #27
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Practicing starting fires with my ferro rod, and NO, I'm not the guy you've been hearing about in Los Angeles who's been starting all the fires. (He didn't use a ferro rod, he used automobiles to start his fires.)

Also distilled water with a solar still and got some ideas on how to improve the still.

Discovered how to find north from constellations OTHER than the big dipper.

Created an in-the-wallet, always-on-me set of flat tools: fresnel lens, razor blade, morse code cheat sheet, duct tape, and single towlette. In THEORY I can start a fire, cut food, communicate, clean, and bandage with what's in my wallet.

Reading abt the adventures of extreme ocean rafter William Willis. (You can survive on sea water? Really??!?)

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Old 01-08-2012, 13:13   #30
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I got my first widgy pry bar yesterday for my GHB/BOB, I'm looking forward to getting some great ideas of other items for my bags from this thread
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As for my week.....besides the demands of "real job" & family...

..I am trying to bring a concept for a novel firearms accessory from inception to reality!


Inception was approximately 2 or so weeks ago...

..since then lots of time invested trying to refine the concept in my mind,

..then procuring materials, discussing fabrication details with my machinist/welder, designing prototypes,

..including an out-of-state trip to discuss details with an CII/SOT manufacturer/partner on Thursday.


The prototypes are almost finished....(testing should be sometime this week)

..hopefully they will be WORKING prototypes..

..if not redesign & re-fabricating until either I am sure the idea cannot be easily be made to function properly..

..or it does work...

..then patent submission & submission for ATF approval.


If all the hurdles can be cleared...

Even a "base hit" should have substantial financial gains & lifestyle improvement....

(though we are not exactly slackers now )

..a "home run" could be a real "game changer"!



Regardless...nothing ventured....nothing gained!
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Old 01-08-2012, 16:05   #32
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hope it works out for you. cant wait to be able to hear more details about it if its anything like your other projects.
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Reading abt the adventures of extreme ocean rafter William Willis. (You can survive on sea water? Really??!?)
Two ways I'm seeing...one is with a desalinator. The other, I've READ, is through the use of an enema. Supposedly the water can permeate/be absorbed through the intestines while the salt is discarded...or something along those lines. Do I have a bottle of fleet or tubing in my preps for such a purpose...no. Because I haven't seen the ocean in about 12 years, unfortunately, and if it made it's way a few hundred miles to me keeping myself hydrated anally would be least of my concerns at that point...

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Threw out all of my old Nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries and replaced them with 24 AA and 16 AAA Sanyo eneloop batteries, plus two chargers.
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Worked with a Ham buddy over the weekend to do some 'mods' to our radios. Gained some pretty slick SHTF capabilities. Built a 10m wire diople that's hanging in my living room

Worked out for the first time since about May
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:59   #36
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..then patent submission & submission for ATF approval.
Have you done a pre-filing patent search yet?

Let me know if you need help with your search. I'm an IP analyst and have access to real IP search tools and multi-country databases (not just google patents which has only 10% of what's actually out there)

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Old 01-10-2012, 08:43   #37
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Sucessfully fired some rounds yesterday that I reloaded using the 'system' below. I don't know if this is a real S&P item but over in GTR the fellows went down the "Lowes/Zombie" reloading road for some reason.



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Old 01-11-2012, 17:00   #38
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Have you done a pre-filing patent search yet?

Let me know if you need help with your search. I'm an IP analyst and have access to real IP search tools and multi-country databases (not just google patents which has only 10% of what's actually out there)

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No pre-filing patent search..

..1st order of business is a working prototype.

As you know...much has changed recently concerning "first-to-invent" vs "first to file".

My business partner in this endeavor has a patent attorney (also an engineer) lined up if & when we get to that point.

I would guess a provisional patent application would be submitted then.


And I appreciate your offer...I will run it by my partner when he gets back from Dubai next week.


My last patent search involved sifting thru maybe 10 CD's of patent filings..

..not fun!
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Old 01-11-2012, 18:25   #39
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I just set up another Dillon 550 and loaded a few hundred 44 mags to break it in.

Now I have one 550 for small primers and one for large primers always ready to load.

Still need to set up a Square Deal that has been sitting on a shelf for quite some time.
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Two ways I'm seeing...one is with a desalinator. The other, I've READ, is through the use of an enema. Supposedly the water can permeate/be absorbed through the intestines while the salt is discarded...or something along those lines. Do I have a bottle of fleet or tubing in my preps for such a purpose...no. Because I haven't seen the ocean in about 12 years, unfortunately, and if it made it's way a few hundred miles to me keeping myself hydrated anally would be least of my concerns at that point...

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Desalinator. A personal unit can be purchased for $1000 or less.

I used to work on swordfishing boats, among others.

On the sword boats we had large scale desalinators to produce fresh water ice for cooling and freezing our catch and/or bait. We also had squid jigging machines to catch the bait and the ocean provided food.

Our sea time was limited only by the amount of deisel fuel we could carry, which on a 90 foot vessel was the equvilent of about 45 days worth at continous operation.

I'll pass on the enema bag.
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Old 01-11-2012, 19:40   #41
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What have I done this week?

I trapped those 2 vermin that were eating their way thru some of our dried goods that I didn't have in storages totes,

Next week I will buy more totes. We've lived here for 12 years and never once have I seen a mouse. Have always been religous about sealing everything but I cleaned up on a pasta/rice sale last summer and just got lazy.

figured I'd stack it all in the basement until I got around to using it/storing it properly...

lesson learned...!!
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My last patent search involved sifting thru maybe 10 CD's of patent filings..

..not fun!
Wow!

Sounds like whoever did your search didn't want to spend the time to focus the search properly. Though for certain Art Groups large numbers are the norm.

I work for a VERY large Japanese electronics manufacturer and do 150-200 pre-filing searches per year.

A typical final search will net 100-300 results which are then screened by title and abstract. The actual number of patent that need to be closely examined (reading the full spec and claims) is usually around 10% of the total as most can be eliminated by just reviewing Title and Abstract.

Your first step is to break down the invention into it's basic components. So if your invention was a device for mounting a flashlight or laser to a firearm the two components might be:

The firearm and the light/laser.

So you start with those 2 attributes and generate your first "wide net" search which will generate a couple thousand results.

(firearm* OR "fire-arm" OR "fire-arms" OR (fire ADJ arm*) OR gun* OR rifle* OR pistol* OR weapon* OR handgun* OR revolver* OR "six-shooter" OR carbine* OR *machinegun*)

99,602 Patent Records

(flashlight* OR "flash-light" OR "flash-lights" OR (flash ADJ light*) OR torch OR torches OR laser OR lasers OR ((illumin* OR light* OR incandescent OR LED) NEAR1 (bulb OR bulbs OR device OR devices OR emitt*)) )

851,716 Patent Records

After you "And" the two data sets you end up with only 5,868 patent records.

Sounds like your prior search stopped somewhere around this stage of the search. At this point you still only have a "wide net" search, so you would want to trim it down based upon the specific of your invention.

So assuming the invention was not related to bore sighting or a bore illuminating device, and it was specifically focused on mounting a light directly onto the barrel of said firearm, you could add qualifiers such as


(firearm* OR "fire-arm" OR "fire-arms" OR (fire ADJ arm*) OR gun* OR rifle* OR pistol* OR weapon* OR handgun* OR revolver* OR "six-shooter" OR carbine* OR *machinegun*)

AND
(flashlight* OR "flash-light" OR "flash-lights" OR (flash ADJ light*) OR torch OR torches OR laser OR lasers OR ((illumin* OR light* OR incandescent OR LED) NEAR1 (bulb OR bulbs OR device OR devices OR emitt*)) )

AND
((mount* OR fix* OR affix* OR attach* OR connect* OR adhere OR couple) NEAR2 (barrel* OR tube OR tubes))

NOT ((bore) NEAR2 (sight* OR site* OR light* OR illumin*))

And you now only have only 121 well focused Patent Records to review! And again, many of these could be eliminated by just reviewing Title and Abstract.

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I would guess a provisional patent application would be submitted then.
Be careful with provisionals!

A GOOD provisional takes almost as much effort to write as a regular application. A poorly written provisional can bite you in the butt later as your final application can ONLY contain subject matter that was contained in the provisional. So if you change your design you might get hosed!

You may be better off filing a real application, and then doing a continuance later once you have refined the design. The same restrictions still apply, but by doing a real application, it will force you to REALLY think out the design and get the basic element and the inventive points correctly defined.

Our on-site patent attorney says that if you file a provisional to get a quick filing, it will probably be so vague it won't provide any protection. By time you write a provisional that is detailed enough to provide proper protection, you might as well just do a normal filing.

Since this is the: 2012: What have you done this week to prepare? thread. . .

I bought some long under-ware to keep in the trunk of my car during the colder months in case I ever have to hike the 18 miles from work to home!
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Sucessfully fired some rounds yesterday that I reloaded using the 'system' below. I don't know if this is a real S&P item but over in GTR the fellows went down the "Lowes/Zombie" reloading road for some reason.
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So the guy basically made up a Lee Loader from stuff he got at the hardware store. Looks like this would fit in with the CIA Improvised Munitions handbook pretty well.
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making my final payment on credit cards tomorrow. that makes me debt free except for the house. college is getting paid for in cash for my wife and i and both of our vehicles are paid for.

planning on putting more cash in the safe for an emergency fund and then paying down the house. we are also about 3 months ahead on most of our utilities and other bills as we paid up everything before i knew i was going to start working again with the last of my savings so now that is getting replenished as well. it feels good to be working again.
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Rule #1 Cardio.

Ran my first 1500 calorie burn session yesterday on the treadmill.

105 minutes of pure h@ll

Edit: just saw someone else post this and thought I would add it. Wife lost her good paying job two weeks ago (currently working through a temp service) so she is FINALLY on board with us ditching some unnecessary expenses..pay channels on cable, data services on cell phones (which I still dont' get how people can surf for hours on a 2" screen)
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Bought Trimag holder and carry pouch for .22 and 550rounds Remington, Batteries (AA), three more cases of water and some canned stuffs.
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Somehow we managed to run up a balance on a credit card that was previously at 0 balance. It happened over the holidays. Today I just paid the remaining amount off. Back to a 0 balance.

We have 2 more cards to get paid off. I'm hoping to get the second paid off with our tax return.

It's amazing how quickly you can acquire a balance. On the one that we just paid off, I swear in a blink of an eye, we were suddenly over $1000. Now I get to smile seeing current balance at 0.

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Somehow we managed to run up a balance on a credit card that was previously at 0 balance. It happened over the holidays. Today I just paid the remaining amount off. Back to a 0 balance.

We have 2 more cards to get paid off. I'm hoping to get the second paid off with our tax return.

It's amazing how quickly you can acquire a balance. On the one that we just paid off, I swear in a blink of an eye, we were suddenly over $1000. Now I get to smile seeing current balance at 0.

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I never carry a credit card balance and I understand being debt free, but I also understand that I need to balance it out with not spending cash upfront if I am getting a good financing deal so that I can spread out the costs over time.

For example, I am currently in the process of replacing an old car which is going through its death throes with a newer (but still used) truck which has less than 1/2 the mileage and is infinitely more useful in an emergency situation, being a full sized truck, all the while spreading out the costs to less than $170/month over 4 years with zero cash out of pocket at 2.9%.

Then when the old jalopie gets sold, whatever I get, I will just leave it in the bank and let it pay for the $170 per month until it runs out so I am really not experiencing anything out of pocket at least for the duration. I could have paid for the truck outright with cash and be done with it, but why?

Say what you will about the American dollar being worthless or on the verge of collapse, but for now, if I can minimize immediate outlays in exchange for something of use, I will still prefer to have cash in the bank.
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