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Protect Your Idea From Theft Before Filing a Patent Application

Publishing your work or making it public in various ways (demonstration, presentation, video, etc.) automatically makes it prior art. This means that if someone else tries to patent the idea, they won’t be able to, as there will be prior art available. If you can prove ownership of the published information, you have one year from the date of publication or public notice to apply for a patent with this idea. If a year lapses and you then try to apply for a patent application, your own published idea will be considered prior art against you. This means that not even you can apply for a patent application for your own idea.

This idea is simple, but could be difficult for some people to stick with. As humans, we naturally get excited about new ideas and projects and want feedback on them. This isn’t always a bad thing. After all, sometimes the best way to develop a new idea is to collaborate and discuss it with someone else. However, bringing your idea up at every single cocktail party and barbecue isn’t a great idea if you haven’t yet taken protective measures.

Source:  Global Patent Solutions

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