Disclosing Your Idea

What should I be aware of before telling someone about my idea?

Be careful who you disclose your idea to. Telling other people, even friends or colleagues, may limit the Trust’s options. Disclosing the idea or its potential could mean that any intellectual property associated with it will not be able to be protected.

What about showing my idea in presentations or poster displays at conferences or meetings?

This constitutes disclosure and you shouldn’t do this unless you know the intellectual property has been protected.

A company is interested in my idea but I know it hasn’t been protected yet, what do I do?

You can still talk to the company, but you will need to get them to sign a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA). We can help you with this.

What should I do if I am unsure about whether I should disclose my idea?

Contact us first. We will advise whether your idea can be protected and can help you to do this.