- Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
The Patent and Trademark Office maintains all patent applications in confidence until a patent is awarded at which time the patent application becomes the patent. Before the patent has issued, the inventor should treat the invention as a trade secret unless it is being sold to the public. Before a public disclosure takes place, anyone who needs to see the invention should sign an NDA. For example, a mold maker, a potential investor, or the like should sign an NDA before the inventor discloses the invention. The signer of the NDA acknowledges that the invention is a trade secret and agrees to maintain it as such.
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