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Nothing was done to secure my claim. I was a kid in college, and the revenue flow didnt strike me as worth the effort.
But I never forgot the theft.
Of course, my question is about my latest invention.
Thank you for your follow-up.What you are describing is generally called 'reverse engineering'. That is legal and cannot be stopped. If someone wishes to purchase your product, then take it home and completely disassemble it so as to get at how the product is created, produced, or run, that is their right as a consumer. So that you cannot protect against short of stating that any unauthorized disassembly or repair will void your warranty for the product. This wouldn't be a trade secret and would be a potential risk.What you would be able to do is if someone reverse engineers this product and then begins to sell copies, if the item is substantially similar to yours after you patent and protect it, you can sue them outright for infringement and damages. A patent grants you a limited monopoly on your item, so you would be able to utilize it as a means of protecting your idea and keeping others from selling or profiting from your own iea if their copy is too substantially similar.It would be wise to file for a provisional patent as soon as you can, and then also file for copyright protection as well so as to strengthen your own claim.Good luck
I apologize I was rather long winded, so you may have missed a few points I made above.
But I already filed for a provisional patent application on my latest invention.
Are you saying that the copyright will protect me from people disclosing the reverse engineering or how my product is built step by step to others?
Thank you for your follow-up. Please allow me to respond directly.No, a copyright will NOT protect you from disclosing reverse engineering--it will protect you if they use your logos, your marketing, or your intellectual property. But it will not protect you from dissemination of information that is legally obtained.Good luck.
So are you saying if I reverse engineer coco-cola soda and determine the exact ingredients used along with precise quantities it is legal to disclose this information to the world?
Are you serious?!!!
I am very serious, and yes, that is correct. So long as you did not obtain that information via industrial espionage, their formula is fair game. There is nothing illegal about that process.
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