... in terms of an idea, we all follow the same goal ... to make it happen ...
As soon as there are commercial interests behind an idea, the protection of intellectual property comes to the fore and the procedures for protection, as well as the resources for design & development and proof of function must be in place or provided externally.
If the necessary resources are not completely available and should not be built-up with long and expensive effort internally, only external service providers are considered.
Questions are arising:
- should the idea be filed theoretically with the great risk that new findings arise during development and/or
prototyping that have to be filed again and with the risk that the first filing may possibly be against the
- or should the development and/or prototyping be carried out first with the risk that the external service
providers gain knowledge that they eventually market themselves?
- when and how is the protection by a patent best?
The basically, the fewer parties are involved, the better the protection of intellectual property.
A single person who provides all the necessary resources, has no economic interest in the idea, and shows a high level of loyalty would be the optimal protection. And if all other parties involved are employees of the principle, the best way to handle intellectual property has been achieved.