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How to Protect Your Ideas

Suppose you have a great idea with your consulting that you would like to patent. Well, patenting is excessively time-consuming and complicated, so how should you approach that? In a post at the Institute of Management Consultants, Mark Haas makes a couple recommendations. One—you can have clients sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), so that you can use your brilliant idea without having to worry about people getting loose-lipped about the nature of its brilliance. Or two—you can get a Provisional Patent Application (PPA). This is a cheap, low-risk approach that allows you to say the idea is “patent pending,” and it gives you a full year to get started on filing for a full patent application. Still, when it comes to patents, you will almost definitely want to bring a lawyer into things eventually.

You can view the original post here: http://www.imcusa.org/blogpost/334056/107015/368-Protecting-Your-Ideas

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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