Georgia  |  Intellectual Property

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Asked on: 9/18/12, 10:25 pm

Is there a way to delay copycat competitors from stealing ur ecommerce website idea? As a generic example, I have a site idea where customers search for a product on my site, then in the background my site will run that search on ebay.com and return ebay's listings, but in the layout of my site and with a pre-determined price reduction. Sort of like Orbitz.com or Kayak.com does for airline tickets...So being that the success of my site is piggybacking off of ebay, would there still be a way to claim rights to, or patent the idea? Secondly, if there is a way, would ebay.com need to give their approval even though there is no use of their name or public connection to them at all?

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