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The Cyber-Poor-Mans Copyright..
« on: May 30th, 2006, 5:21pm »
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I've emailed to my own yahoo, email, and gmail account a detailed description, apperatus of my non obvious idea.
Since they are dated on the mail servers,
is my intellectual property protected?
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Re: The Cyber-Poor-Mans Copyright..
« Reply #1 on: May 30th, 2006, 7:22pm »
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No, in fact you may have cost yourself any rights outside the US if by "copyright" you really mean "patent".  You see, non-obviousness doesn't matter in copyrights, only in patents.
There's no such thing as a poor man's anything in IP.  They just don't exist.  The bottom line is that you get what you pay for.  Nobody gets something for nothing.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  
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James D. Ivey
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Re: The Cyber-Poor-Mans Copyright..
« Reply #2 on: Jun 4th, 2006, 9:48am »
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I agree with Jim, and then some.  His point is well taken, that when you publicly post an idea you have a limited time to file a patent.  In the US eMail is considered private (for the most part),  but such privacy is not a standard for a lot of other countries.  A public release of information would buy you anything good.
When the PTO is looking for dates of inventorship they want things that can be verified.  They love proof in the form of un-interested thrid parties, payment trials, employees testimony, and yes Patent Agents and Attorneys signatures.  If you are not going to us the PTO to prove a date,  then you are far better off talking to a Patent Agent face-to-face,  and getting them to sign a disclosure state with a date affixed.
Just mailing it to your self usually doesn't cut it.
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Re: The Cyber-Poor-Mans Copyright..
« Reply #3 on: Jun 4th, 2006, 5:20pm »
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Nope - it doesnt cut it.  HAve a read through the Poor Mans Copyright page at
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