Never filed for a patent on a system (Machine Zero) that I designed (in 1997) to perform a specific task. I am still not convinced that the patent would be worth the time or money as the market is relatively small and if somebody started manufacturing copies I dont have the financial resources or willingness to pursue such a tenuous battle.
Since that time I have gaurded the Trade secret very closley by selling to select companies with NDA requirements. And have continued to develop the system components for re-marketability. Truth is that we make considerably more money utilizing the system for our own services than we would selling them. And our R&D innovations have allowed us to stay ahead of any potential competitors.
However, our newest system/model(Machine X) is in a class of it's own with featurability, ease of use, increased safety considerations, upgrades, maintenance and repairs. And most importantly, our brand has allowed us to be recognized as leaders in our field. Thus creating a bigger focus on our market and equipment/systems.
These developments have allowed me to revisit the Patent Question , which brings me to the real question.
Can I now file for a patent on Machine X ?
A.) which has not yet been publicly disclosed in any manner,
B.) Utilizes the same dynamics and concepts as Machine Zero
C.) is based on all the improvements from Machine Zero-Machine Nine