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Hi, Thank you for your question and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I will assist you. Have written code that attaches to the excel software?
Hi, Thank you. This would be protected by the law of copyright - copyright is the only intellectual property that does not require registration. You only need to prove that a) you have an original idea b) you authored the concept. Putting Copyright 2016 can help prove ownership but ultimately it is always a matter of fact. You could also put the materials onto a CD or USB and send it to your self by recorded/dated delivery. Leave the envelope sealed and it can be used as evidence if you had a court dispute.
Ultimately you have to be comfortable with what you can protect. Copyright never protects ideas, it will only protects the expression of the idea - so if you have an idea for a computer program for example the idea itself wont be protectable it will only be the expression of the that idea i.e the code.
If you enter into an NDA with the party that you are disclosing the idea to, that may force them to keep it confidential but that wont necessarily stop them developing the idea independently - they just would not be able to use any material use you create that are subject to copyright.
I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards AJ
Hi, Thank you. If you have a recognizable logo (that is unique) or name that can be attached to the good will and trading history of the product you could apply to have it registered as a Trade Mark. You may want to wait until you have traded the business to do this, in the mean time you will be protected by the law of "passing off" - but a trade mark is easier to register with a trading history.
Hi, Thank you. You have probably done as much as you can for now, but remember the following 1) Over time most confidential info gets into the public domain (especially if you are trading on it) and therefore will not remain confidential for ever 2) with the best will in the world if some one is intent on copying your idea and stealing your confidential info, they probably will, and you will have to sue them to protect it - essentially documentation cannot safe guard against someone who is ill intentioned. Kind regards AJ
Can I assist you any further with this? I would be most grateful for any feedback in the mean time? Kind regards AJ