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Prosper, TX – Necessity is the mother of invention, but a great idea is only the first step. To truly enjoy the benefits of a brilliant new invention and protect your intellectual property, inventors should obtain a patent.
Corky Underwood is the owner of RECS. Inc., North Texas’ premier construction equipment rental company, and the inventor of the Bayonet Breaker, a revolutionary new tool that makes excavation more efficient and more productive.
“No matter how many adjustments and improvements you make to an excavator, it will not dig rock. You need a hammer,” says Underwood. “The Bayonet Breaker can be easily attached to and removed from any excavator. It has more breakout, more digging force and is virtually unstoppable when it hits refusal material.”
Patents grant property rights to anyone who invents or discovers a new and useful process or machine, as well as any subsequent improvements made. Through his experience with the Bayonet Breaker, Underwood has become an authority on the patenting process: how you get them, the costs, the pitfalls and the rewards.
“One of the things you need to make sure of, obviously, is that your invention hasn’t already been invented, says Underwood. “If you’re a student of your industry, you should be fairly certain you can pursue a patent.”
Today, the Bayonet Breaker is used by excavation companies, cities and municipalities across the country. Underwood is even in talks with the Israeli army. None of this would have been possible without a patent.
“It is amazing to me what people do with the Bayonet Breaker,” says Underwood. “But I’m a ditchdigger at heart. My 6th grade teacher told me I’d never be anything but a ditchdigger. Thank God she was right.”
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