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I came up with this really awesome idea for a website and i

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I came up with this really awesome idea for a website and i asked people on yahoo answers what they thought of it and one man said he thought it was incredible and said that he was going to try to patent it before I did. I'm really worried now because I want my idea to work and can somebody else really steal it like that? What should I do?

Alex Reese :

hello

Customer:

Hi

Alex Reese :

yes its possible, there would be no protection for such disclosure and there is no protection over an "idea". usually an "idea" isn't as important as how exactly it is carried out.

Customer:

but can he patent my idea?

Customer:

or are ideas open to everyone to copy?

Customer:

the way he said it, he was going to patent my idea so that I couldn't implement it

Alex Reese :

well no, one cannot patent a concept or idea...a patentable invention must be a lot more detailed and thought out than than (assuming your idea was for something patentable in the first place)

Alex Reese :

also, it must be new/novel (i.e. not already patented)

Alex Reese :

and it must be patentable subject matter

Customer:

no my idea was just for a website. It was a concept

Customer:

it wasn't an invention

Customer:

So botXXXXX XXXXXne he can't patent my idea and I'll still be able to pursue it?

Alex Reese :

that's right, an idea/concept for a website is not patentable

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