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crackeur
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invention date
« on: Mar 27th, 2007, 4:41pm »
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if I wrote an invention and go to UPS store to get it
notarized, is it considered public disclosure?
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Re: invention date
« Reply #1 on: Mar 27th, 2007, 5:34pm »
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No, well, probably not.  But you must realize that, despite popular opinion to the contrary, that doesn't "protect" you in any way.
 
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Re: invention date
« Reply #2 on: Mar 28th, 2007, 11:16am »
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then how should I get myself protected?
is "file a patent" the only way?
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Re: invention date
« Reply #3 on: Mar 28th, 2007, 12:26pm »
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You protect your invention as a trade secret by not telling anyone about it unless they promise, in a written contract, not to tell anyone else about.  The contract is called a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
 
You protect your invention with a patent by (i) filing a non-provisional application for a patent and (ii) prosecuting the application until a patent issues.  Note the conspicuous absense of a provisional application.  That's typically a superfluous and wasteful step that you can avoid relatively easily.
 
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