What constitutes 'prior disclosure'?


This might be a silly question but I’m a bit confused by ‘prior disclosure’ as it applies to patents application. What exactly constitutes this? Does something have to be published about the new technology or product? Presumably entrepreneurs discuss their ideas with colleagues family and friends? Or is this not recommended as being too risky, even if it is just their immediate group? Thank you.


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While the the non-disclosure agreement should be in place before you have these discussions, I would still make sure you have recorded all of your ideas, concepts and innovations the equivalent of a laboratory notebook, basically a bound journal with numbered pages. You should sign and date each page, and have it witnessed by someone like a spouse that you have a confidential relationship with, or has singed your NDA for this purpose. If someone does try to exploit what was disclosed in confidence, this journal will be your proof that the obtained the idea from you. You should also note all such disclosures and conversations in the same journal.