Whether you choose to file a patent application or keep a new invention secret, it’s crucial to take steps to minimise the risks of disclosure. Rose-Marie Ehanno explains how to keep patentable inventions confidential.
An invention can be protected in two ways by its owner: either by filing a patent application or through business secrecy (trade secrets). In both cases, it is crucial to protect the invention by limiting the possibilities of disclosure, including imposing contractual obligations of confidentiality. If this is not enough, a date must be set as soon as possible, if necessary by means of a provisional application. Read more