By preparing a patent application before disclosure, you document your ideas and define which variants, improvements of ideas belong to you. Anything the investor or company offers as an improvement, but not included in the patent application, the investor or company can try to claim its own ideas. If you are at the discussion stage, where you have gone from a simple conversation to your ideas in the fundamental sense of your specific method for how to do things, you are at the point where you should ask for an NOA. Ideas are not something that is a matter of copyright protection, but you can protect your specific methodology with an NDA. I would like to point out that NDAs are entirely appropriate when trade secrets and other intellectual property rights are at stake. Talk to your lawyer about when and where to use the NDAs. The situation I am exploring is the entrepreneur who is too afraid that his idea will be stolen, that they will sign several NDAs before they even tell them about their idea and the cost of their construction. The parties to the disclosure want this period to be as long as possible in order to limit the risk of disclosure of sensitive data and commercial damage. The parties who receive it want it to be weaker in order to reduce the length of time a duty of confidentiality is imposed on them. NDAs usually last 2-3 years, but it can also be longer. It is also common to see NDAs without duration.
It is important that the NDA explain how long it will remain in force, otherwise it can be interpreted that the agreement will last indefinitely. If there is no longer a fixed duration for the NDA, this must be negotiated and agreed between the parties. However, for your NDA to be relevant, you must ensure that your “idea” was based on paper, plastic, metal or code or that you first sought protection from patent, copyright or trademark offices. Below are some basic agreements that an inventor may need when putting his product on the market. You help control the actions of those you interact with in your business. The four basic agreements are: you must include your Chinese producer in an independent contract contract contract. Otherwise, they can steal your intellectual property because their actions in China will affect your rights here in the United States and in other countries. The next discussion is about the types of IP agreements you need for a Chinese manufacturer.