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What constitutes ownership of an idea? , were two

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What constitutes ownership of an idea? For example, were two people to discuss a business preposition, yet only one were to implement it, could the other claim ownership or authorship as they were involved in the created in the idea, regardless of the fact they did not implement it?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question. I am a solicitor in Scotland and will help you with this.
You have to be very careful about this. An idea on its own cannot be protected.
A book or other written work can have the protection of copyright.
An invention can be patented if it is unique and put on paper and registered with the patent office.
A name or a logo if unique can be trademarked with the trademark office.
Mere discussion of an idea or business proposition has no protection whatsoever.
Happy to discuss.