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Release my patent or not

Release my patent or not
« on: May 15, 2014, 06:28:29 AM »
I was wondering if you could please give me some advice. Last month I invented a completely new kitchen invention. There's literally nothing on the market like this. I've filed for my non-provisional patent and immediately went to a plastics company to have my prototype made. While I'm waiting for the prototype to be finished I came up with additional attachments for my product and have filed an additional patent. I've seeked out a patent lawyer who reviewed my patent and said that I'm protected but that patents can be picked apart and one minor change could result in my idea being stolen. I've approached one company already and they're interested in my product and are just waiting for the prototype. They were pretty straight forward, pitch the product, submit my sell sheet and now the prototype. Another company e-mailed me about their submission policy and is asking for a copy of my patent and that's all. No option of a sell sheet or pitch. The advice I'm looking for is, is it safe to give them a copy of my patent? Or is it safe enough that the first company is interested in my product after seeing a sell sheet to assume they will license it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Re: Release my patent or not
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 11:14:53 AM »
This is a tough question.

I would not send a copy of my patent application unless:
1) the patent application has already published and then you can just email them a link to the online publication, or,
2) they would be willing to sign a NDA

I would send them your product overview or sell sheet and list your patent application no. title, and filing date and tell them that this patent is not yet published and ask them to sign a NDA prior to sending them the unpublished documents.

Chances are they get 1000s of people trying to pitch them ideas each year and they weed these people out but asking for a copy of their patent and are not trying to use your patent to steal your idea, however, you never know.

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