Protecting Your Invention Idea

Part of the Inventing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret are ways to protect your invention idea. If you’re patented product is really good and you’re successful at marketing it, chances are you’re going to have to defend your rights. Get good legal counsel, as a product is only as good as it can be defended in a court of law. Use these tips:

  • Document everything. Keep a journal and have it witnessed along the way.

  • Conduct a patent search.

  • Get sound legal advice from a professional.

  • Use confidentiality, non-disclosure, and employment agreements with anyone and everyone with knowledge of your idea.

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