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Stop, Thief!

Protecting your invention from copycats and crooks.

This story appears in the January 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

At some point, you'll need to share your idea with others who can help you. This can be very frightening. Who can you trust? How do you find the right people to do business with? Let's be candid. You may be inexperienced in many areas of business, so you are a likely target to be taken advantage of. Well, here is some help.

First, let me say there are many respectable people with whom to do business. Many individuals will go to great lengths to be fair and honest. At some point, however, most of us will come in contact with less-than-scrupulous people. To protect yourself, you need to know the signs and what to look out for.

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