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“Can I safely discuss my idea with a patent attorney?”
People ask us this question all the time. And usually they’re pretty shy about asking it. Don’t worry. We won’t take it the wrong way. We understand your concern.
It’s important to know that there are both federal and state laws that require attorneys to keep their clients’ confidential information secret, and to use that confidential information solely for the benefit of the client. Therefore, anything you discuss with your patent attorney can be used by your attorney solely to help you get patent protection.
So the answer is “Yes.” You can safely discuss your idea with a patent attorney.