Do we have any inventors on TNdeer? Specifically does anyone own any patents, or attempted to patent an invention? I have researched it a little and the process seems really expensive and complicated. I made (I'm not sure I would call it "invented") an item that I think would sell really well. I made it by combining existing products in a unique way, and have has an engineer friend of mine look at it and even use it. He seemed impressed and helped me tweak it slightly to make it even better.

I know I am being vague, but I just wonder if anyone has any real-world insight into inventing/getting something patented. ...also is it OK for me to use existing products to make something, or do I need to build it from scratch? I've looked at companies like Inventhelp.com but they are a in the business of making money, I am looking for real world experience/advise.
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