I had my patent lawyer do a patent search on a inventing I made. Took him a while but he found a 100 yr old patent. As far as I can tell, it never went anywhere. But, this makes getting a patent a no go for me. Its a very simple one function invention with limited ways to change it.
So, where does that put me? Since its simple, once the idea is out anyone can make it right? How do you protect yourself when there is a 100yr old patent?