Hi Folks, I am new here. I have been working on pet market accessory for the past year that had an intellectual property component to it as part of plan to find marketing outlets. I have just been presented with a comprehensive IP search and identified a couple of items that would likely make it difficult for me to obtain a patent as my product is currently designed. The search further said that they recommened AGAINST Filing a patent under such adverse conditions without making some major modifications. After I read the data, I realized that the other patents have pretty much covered all and them some of the alterations I could make. Sigh.
That said, I have been making my items and visualized a much larger opportunity for sales than I could do on my own (I started a little business, mail order ETSY and local shows) by tapping into different marketing methods, one being a product of the month subscription. That larger idea has been my focus all along as I realized early on my sales would otherwise be limited to what I could produce.
Now, I have not submitted this idea to EN yet for review as I just recently found out about EN. But given that I do not have much of a chance to get a utility patent (maybe a design one) should I bother? Would potential licensing partners even talk to me under these circumstances because the sales potential only? Honestly I am feeling very confused and could sure use some help. Thanks.