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Originally posted by Gools
Some points of advice.
If you intend to patent your invention do not disclose it publicly before filing at the USPTO. You will lose your patent rights in certain jurisdictions (where they have absolut novelty requirements) and lose them in the US if more than one year goes by after disclosure.
Make sure you sign a confidentiality agreement with anyone involved in the making of the prototype. Also make sure that you retain inventorship rights in that agreement or the people who help with your designs and fabrication could have a claim. Stay away from those 'fly by night' intellectual property services. Consult a real Intellectual Porperty Lawyer or a Patent Agent.
Hope that helps.
Originally posted by postings
Suppose I disclose the idea publicly after I get a patent? That should still work right?
Now if I didn't get a patent, someone (anyone involved) could claim the idea as theirs, and sue me for releasing it right?