Birthed out of the tension that songwriters have when stumbling upon a new melody I thought a battery powered recording device with an expansion slot would be appropriate. I made a mistake by talking to a representative at Fishman (Guitar Electronics Titan) without having him sign a form of non-disclosure. I would say that 6-8 months would be enough to develop a patent, draw up a plan, and sell it to the highest bidder. It just seems too ironic that Ovation guitars just released a brand new - never before seen device that allows you all the same features almost word for word what I told Fishman about 8 months ago.
I am not saying this to brag but to reinforce your privacy when you are sitting on a million dollar idea. Patents are expensive and hard to come by without a patent lawyer. I tried to obtain one but fell short of the $1500 needed for one year provisional - $20,000 for a lifetime patent. Needless to say I got a little eager when I finally got Fishman on the phone after banging on the door for months. Some days I feel like I haven't learned anything at all.
Dave if you read this let me remind you that our conversation was private. I will never buy Fishman again if my assumptions are correct. If they are misguided I apologize.