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Is there any way to protect a business idea while testing it?

Kim T. Gordon answered September 4, 2007
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/221061
Ideas are generally not covered by intellectual property laws until there is some actual expression of the idea. Although a "provisional patent" can be obtained before the idea is fully implemented, this would still require progress beyond the mere idea. The usual way to protect your idea is to
prepare a document known as a "Non-Disclosure/Non-Competition Agreement," which should be signed by anyone having access to the idea during the design and testing phases. You should consult an attorney familiar with these transactions to prepare the proper documentation.
Kim Gordon is the owner of National Marketing Federation and is a multifaceted marketing expert, speaker, author and media spokesperson. Her latest book is Maximum Marketing, Minimum Dollars.