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Apply for patent or contact companies?

Apply for patent or contact companies?
« on: January 14, 2016, 11:15:54 AM »
Hello! Do I apply for my patent or contact companies with my idea first?if I get my patent first and it is publicly displayed, what is stopping other people from taking my idea?


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Re: Apply for patent or contact companies?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2016, 11:45:14 AM »

Ideally you should file your patent application first (either a provisional patent application or a full non-provisional application), then, while your application is still pending you can contact companies.  See this sample timeline:

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