Protect an Idea for a New Product

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jul 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Is the only way to protect an Idea for a new product with a patent?

I have an idea for a piece of jewelry that could potentially become a business. I work with a woman that has a degree in art with emphasis on jewelry making. I think she could be a great help working out the design however I would not like her to steal my idea. Should I try to patent my idea before I talk to her?

 Answer: Rather than a patent, perhaps you should give consideration to filing for copyright registration on the design. Instructions and forms for copyright can be found at

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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