You have an idea at the concept stage and you want to protect its future materialization(s) (whether it is technical innovation, an aesthetic, artistic or literary creation, or even a name, logo, sign or distinctive trademark of a new product or a business).
Only intellectual protection tools such as patents, designs or models, trademarks or copyrights can protect the materialization of an idea. The idea cannot be protected as such, but the means leading to this idea can be protected. Furthermore, the protection tools can be combined. For example, a product may be protected by a trademark (the name of the product, see Trademarks), a patent (composition or manufacturing process, see Patents) and a model (the design, see Designs).
Your idea or concept must remain secret as long as it isn't materialized and formally protected yet (for example, by a patent, trademark or copyright - see Copyright - ). Concretely, the secret consists of keeping confidential and not publicly disclosing, namely without prior confidentiality agreement.
Your design, your creative or research work that will contribute to its materialization and even your knowledge of the design should not be made public even by yourself.
If you work with collaborators or have to meet external partners to help you materialize your design, it is essential to have them sign a confidentiality agreement. Ipside can help you draft confidentiality agreements.
During this period of secrecy, it is also necessary to establish formal proofs of the dates of your creations in order to protect you in case of dispute with someone who might dispute the rights resulting from your creations. Ipside assists you in setting up and administering these proofs by means of the most suitable timestamping tools (see Timestamping), such as the Soleau envelope, the e-Soleau online filing or IPSIDE's Triple-Stamp solution.