What are some guidelines or tests I can use to figure out if I have a chance at getting patent for an idea when there are similar, but not identical, patents out there?
I don't know how to best phrase this question without actually going into the details of what I would like to patent, but I thought I give it a shot. In essence, there are two similar patents to a patent I would like to secure. One of them use a different process to get a similar result on a different interface and the other is basically a simpler version of the technology I'd like to create. I would in essence have to create a similar version of the second patent's technology and then continue it to expand it into what I would like to use it for.