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Unauthorized Disclosure of Inventions

Product development personnel should avoid disclosure of an invention prior to filing a patent application for that invention in the US and/or a foreign jurisdiction, or before obtaining approval for such a disclosure from an authorized supervisor that fully understands the implications. Such care will help preserve a company’s ability to fully protect the invention in the US and other jurisdictions.

Disclosure prior to filing a patent application may destroy the company’s ability to patent the invention. Whenever possible, any disclosure prior to filing a patent application should be made under the protection of a nondisclosure agreement.

Additional information can be found in the Protecting and Handling of Confidential Information section of the SLW Institute.


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