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If I have a scientific theory of say electromagnetism and I

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If I have a scientific theory of say electromagnetism and I want to protect it from being claimed by another person what should I do? Should I try and file a patent or get it copyrighted? If I already have a paper published with the theory does that automatically protect it from someone else claiming it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Alex Reese replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Scientific theories, formulas etc. cannot be patented, they are excluded subject matter. Your writings can be protected by copyright (but you should register the copyright if you want to have enforceable rights) which protects from someone copying/reproducing your work, or a portion of it....but as far as someone "claiming" it and trying to take credit for something, that is an ethical/plagiarism/fraud matter rather than intellectual property. For example if I can I came up with a theory when I in fact got it from someone else, that's not an IP issue by itself.

Expert:  Alex Reese replied 1 year ago.

and of course, having evidence of your prior creation will serve as evidence against such false claims by others