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secret details?


secret details?
« on: May 16, 2017, 02:30:58 PM »
First off, Brad, thank you for the invaluable information you share in your newsletter and on your website! I am VERY grateful. However, I'm quite intimidated by the provisional patent process and feel like such a fish out of water especially with regards to understanding the differences between the initial specification, description, and detailed description, etc! Seems all the same to me. (And I REALLY don't understand what a "claim" is, although I can worry about this later, I know.)

You stressed the importance of details in the first newsletter, but then warned to be careful of not including "secret details". My product is really uncomplicated but the key component to it's uniqueness is a design element that I would consider "secret" so how do I do this without risking it all on the internet down the road?

Hmmmm, I think I will be purchasing your gold package.....



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Re: secret details?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 08:03:35 AM »
If someone could buy your product and easily see all of your "secret details" they are not really secret.   What I meant by not including secrets in your patent application is that you don't want to include stuff which does not directly relate to your invention.

For example, people sometimes put business plan type information in their patent such as who they would try to market or license the invention to.  That is not needed and would be better kept as a secret. 
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