Protect Your Innovation
You have a brilliant idea. It may have even been thought of before but no one has put forth the effort to bring it to fruition. You intend to, but do you know how protect your innovation and development efforts so that you can properly reap the reward? What are the differences between Utility and Design Patents? Why do you need a trademark? What are the trade secrets you should know?
Some free advice:
Do not talk about or write about your idea on any public forum. Doing so is considered public dissemination of the knowledge and nullifies your ability to get a protection on the idea. Verbally describing the idea to unrelated people can also be grounds enough to nullify its patentability. Far worse, anyone with knowledge of your concept might be able to jump on the idea faster than you and obtain their own patent – effectively stealing your idea legally. You should only discuss the idea with close collaborators or family members that can keep a tight lip.
The best way to discuss your idea with potential collaborators or partners is under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). We will gladly sign one with you, and recommend that we put one in place before diving into the details of your innovation. Email us and we’ll send an NDA if you wish to start discussions.