when trying to promote a new software idea what about
protection from some else using the idea (non disclosure agreement?)
limits of how much of the idea to expose
if the idea is not finished and looking at funding to complete what about being locked out of the final product
if the idea is the "next step" to a current product and writing to the current product what are the dangers?
after all, you cannot know what they already have been thinking
1 Answer from Attorneys
Generally speaking, one of the best protections for an idea is to patent it. A good supplementary protection is to enter into a non-disclosure agreement and a non-compete agreement with anyone you disclose the idea to.
It is not clear what you mean by "writing to the current product", but if you mean disclosing the idea to potential competitors then it's not wise to do so without legal protections in place. It is also important to understand that someone else could have already thought about such an idea and could have patented it. So equally as important is to protect yourself by conducting due diligence.
Conducting due diligence is a good first step. And then consider building an MVP (minimal viable product) to demonstrate the concept to investors. If you intend to hire a software developer to create an MVP be mindful that you should have proper legal agreements in place to protect your idea and the product that is built for you.
Important to note that some of the strategies I suggested are generally not expensive and can provide good protection. My practice focuses on startups so if you require assistance contact me directly.
Roman R. Fichman, Esq.
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