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I have an Invention ... Now What?
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mckon
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Software: Patent or Copyright
« on: Nov 9th, 2004, 2:12am »
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Hi
 
I am an inventor, a novice, I have an idea for a software. If my idea can be develop into a software, it will bring about a revolutionary change in how we send and receive e-mail, and how the whole e-mail system works.
 
At the moment I do not have the funding to protect my idea.
 
I want you to answer some questions for me.
 
1.  Do idea for software need to be patent or copyright?
 
2.  If I disclose my idea to a second party by signing a non-disclosure (confidentiality) agreement form. will my  :)idea be protected?
 
3.  How do one go about reaching (signing) agreement on line?    
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Re: Software: Patent or Copyright
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on Nov 9th, 2004, 2:12am, mckon wrote:
1.  Do idea for software need to be patent or copyright?

Both are applicable.  Patents protect the idea, while copyrights protect unauthorized duplication of your product (generally speaking).
 
on Nov 9th, 2004, 2:12am, mckon wrote:
2.  If I disclose my idea to a second party by signing a non-disclosure (confidentiality) agreement form. will my  :)idea be protected?

Legally speaking, NDA's  protect the idea from being exploited by the receiving party; however, enforcing NDA's can be difficult to enforce.  Also, NDA's do nothing to toll the on-sale bar, as far as I know.
 
on Nov 9th, 2004, 2:12am, mckon wrote:
3.  How do one go about reaching (signing) agreement on line?    

What agreement?
 
 
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