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Stop, Thief!

Protecting your invention from copycats and crooks.

By Tomima Edmark

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At some point, you'll need to share your idea with otherswho 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 becandid. You may be inexperienced in many areas of business, so youare a likely target to be taken advantage of. Well, here is somehelp.

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

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