Like many other aspiring inventors out there, I believe that I have an invention that may be worth a ton of money.
Because of the perceived value that I feel this invention has, I am extremely paranoid about disclosing any part of it to anyone.
Obviously, I need to patent the invention; however, due to my extreme paranoia, I'd find myself extremely reluctant to disclose the details of my invention for fear that my invention/idea could be stolen....not necessarily by the attorney himself, but by a third party.
While I do agree that it's highly unlikely that a patent attorney would try to directly steal an idea from an inventor (as they would have their career/reputation to risk), what is to stop them from passing along the idea to some affiliated person or company for them to patent in exchange for a part of the profit?
You might say that a NDA covers this, but then again, how could it ever be proven that a NDA was violated and that the third party filing the patent didn't legitimately come up with the idea on their own? How could it ever be PROVEN there was complicity involved between the attorney and third party and that the patent was filed as the result of a NDA violation?
I know this scenario may sound crazy to some, but it could happen...you never know. I know the probabilities are slim to none, but I don't want to take any chances. Whether or not it's irrational to think in this way is not what I wish to discuss, so please don't respond about my paranoia....I can't be talked out of it.
So what I'd like to know is this....Are there any actions that I can take to fully and officially protect my idea PRIOR to speaking with a patent attorney? If so, can it be done without having to disclose details to anyone? What are my options?