Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Copyrighting of an idea
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on May 10, 2001 at 04:35:01:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Copyrighting of an idea posted by karl Rooney on May 09, 2001 at 22:19:39:
: i am a student sudying web design in new zealand. i found your site while searching for copyright information and did not expect to read what i found in your comments. maybe i was being naieve in thinking that you could, but i always thought that you could copyright an idea. i have an idea for a web site tha ti know will be taken by a big player as soon as i introuduce it. what can i do to stop this. do you have any advice?
Dear Mr. Rooney,
It is quite possible that a patent may be gotten to protect the concept. In almost every country in the world if you divulge or use you invention before the first application is filed, you lose all valid patent rights.
Written confidentiality agreements can be a protection. Disclosure to a lawyer is in confidence.
The big problem us usually money. Patents are not inexpensive. Their are also scam artist that prey on the niave inventor and the US at least make lots of money. Only one in ten thousand make more than they pay.
M. Arthur Auslander
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