I've had an idea for a new invention - should I publicise it now or wait until I have patented it?

As a general rule, if you make your invention known publicly you may lose your right to a patent or other form of protection at a later date. If you need to discuss your invention with somebody get them to sign a confidentiality agreement. You may have to see a lawyer or business adviser about drafting up a confidentiality agreement. If you can afford it, seek professional legal advice on the content of the agreement.


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