I wanted to share Toonsie with others, get some help in refining its design, and engage potential suppliers and manufacturers. But first I needed to protect it. I read a bit about patent laws and spent several nights reading existing patents for audio toys and searching for patents that were similar to Toonsie. I couldn't find anything comparable.
So, I took the next step - in working with a patent attorney I drafted and then submitted a provisional patent application including the necessary specifications and drawings to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Toonsie is patent pending as of March, 2018!