Intellectual property in Technology teaching: Brief definitions: Confidentiality
A good idea should be protected by keeping it secret until it has been developed into drawings or plans (which can be copyright) or a product (which can be patented).
Confidentiality agreements can be used to prevent others stealing ideas while they are under consideration for development. Confidentiality agreements allow people to discuss their ideas with others, for example manufacturers, and such discussions will not count against them should they eventually decide to apply for a patent (see discussion of novel under Patents, below Confidentiality agreements can be enforced in court.
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