Patenting your idea with Richard Nix and Rick Boychuk

August 12, 2021, 3:30 - 4:00 PM


Patenting your idea

Richard Nix and Rick Boychuk have patented ideas in the field of counterweight rigging. What a process! Hear about the process and the costs of patenting an idea. Also about the challenges of promoting a new product in the marketplace. If you have ever thought to patent an idea, this will be an enlightening session.

Moderator: Russel Martin, CITT/ICTS Director at large
Level: General (for all)
Discipline: Rigging; Patents.

Session's outcomes:

Attendees will have a glimpse into the world of patents that will allow them to make a decision 'to patent or not to patent'.


Rick Boychuk
Rick Boychuk has been working in the industry for a number of decades. As kind of an outlier working at various times in production, consulting, inventing and authoring. Specific to this session, Rick has seen two patents from concept to realized products in the marketplace.

Richard Nix
Richard Nix has 35 years of Entertainment Industry experience, doing some rather cool and unusual things along a (mostly) linear, but ever-evolving career path. Stagehand, designer, manager, owner, consultant, fixer, student, modeler, standards evangelist...Inventor? In one of his many positions, he held the official title, “Wearer of Hats”. Who knew?