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   I have a patent pending can i shop the idea safely
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Bill
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I have a patent pending can i shop the idea safely
« on: Oct 19th, 2004, 10:27am »
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I have received notice that the patent office has received my patent application and has issued me a file date. At what point can I shop it without a Nondisclosure agreement. Most companies big and small wont consider signing one as it ties there hands with current projects pending and or those they deem may be similar?
 
Would I then be protected to show it to them with a PP only?
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Re: I have a patent pending can i shop the idea sa
« Reply #1 on: Oct 19th, 2004, 3:07pm »
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If you filed a non-provisional application, you're in the clear (so to speak). Other problems await you, but if you described any and all aspects of your invention, you can shop it without much to fear. Non-disclosure agreements are always fun, but not particulary necessary right now.
 
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Allan
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Re: I have a patent pending can i shop the idea sa
« Reply #2 on: Oct 19th, 2004, 3:15pm »
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Does this advice also apply to a provisional patent??
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Bill
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Re: I have a patent pending can i shop the idea sa
« Reply #3 on: Oct 19th, 2004, 7:21pm »
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It is a full on utility patent for and automotive tool. Its funny the big boys I spoke with basically have a rider in the materials they send inventors that states. Whatever you send us we will us to the fullest to figure out how to basically get around what you have. I just was trying to figure out if I made some presentations and actually showed the tool face to face am I in the clear. from What you say I am. The other scary part is just about all auto manufacturers have over seas production and I have not Filed the malay of International paper work let alone the expense. Can they then just produce it over seas and then ship back into the US?
 
By the way thanks for taking the time. this invention stuff sometimes can feel like you are lost at sea!
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Re: I have a patent pending can i shop the idea sa
« Reply #4 on: Oct 19th, 2004, 7:47pm »
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You are protected in the sense that your revelations won't
destroy your right to a patent (as long as you don't abandon
your application application.
 
But you don't have any actual rights to with respect to someone
"borrowing" your idea until your application gets published
and even then your rights with respect to a copier are
limited.
 
The protection gained by filing is important but not absolute.
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