Confidentiality of ideas


A good idea should be protected by keeping it secret until it is developed it into drawings or plans which can be copyright[2], or a product which can be patented.

Confidentiality[1] agreements can be used to prevent others stealing ideas while the inventor consider how to develop them. They allow someone to discuss[3] their ideas with others, for example manufacturers, and such discussions will not count[4] against them should they eventually decide to apply for a patent[5] (see discussion of novel under Patents[6], below). Confidentiality agreements can be enforced in court.

Terms definitions
1. Confidentiality. A good idea should be protected by keeping it secret until it is developed it into drawings or plans which can be copyright, or a product which can be patented. Confidentiality agreements can be used to prevent others stealing ideas while the inventor consider how to develop them. They allow someone to discuss their ideas […]
2. copyright. A legal term to mean that you are allowed to copy and reproduce someone else’s music, art or writing « Back to Glossary Index
3. discuss. Consider, compare, and contrast different evidence and opinions with others; debate. « Back to Glossary Index
4. count. The number of items recorded or counted. Also a spreadsheet function that counts the number of non empty cells in a range. « Back to Glossary Index
5. patent. Protect an invention – the main kinds of inventions that can be patented are: * a useful product that is new or improved, * a new or improved process that can be used in industry, * new computer technology * A fee is paid to IPONZ when applying for a patent, and it will only […]