When I began my training as a Patent Attorney, I once cynically approached my then Boss and said something to the effect of:
What's the point of private individuals filing patent applications, even if they could afford our charges they would never be able to afford to defend their granted patent in Court against a large multi-national with limitless supplies of money - the entire system is flawed !
My Boss raised an eyebrow and said yup, you are right, the Patents system is like the door to the Dorchester Hotel, open to anyone but if you cannot afford to go in you donot enter.
He then ceremoniously picked up his copy of the Patent's Acr and threw it in the bin and said:
So ! If we can't use the Patent's Act to help the Private inventor, what do we do ?
I shrug my shoulders at this point
Welllllllll, the first thing we do is contact a local newspaper reporter and then a local TV reporter - they love a good story, especially one about David versus Goliath - THAT's how we help the poor private inventor - large multi-nationals hate bad publicity !
He then went into one of his usual monologues which lasted for about half an hour about did I not think that he had not asked himself the same question 30 years ago blah blah blah etc.
The point is, a reporter loves a good story, maybe its time to contact one.
Just a thought.