To Patent Or Not To Patent?
When it comes to inventing, the very first thing you need to do is protect your idea before anyone can steal it, right? Well, if you base your decision on TV commercials or the many invention websites out there touting patent services, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" However, if you base your decision on a little business sense - and the fact that your idea is an opportunity, not just an invention - then the answer is more likely, "No - but maybe later." This paper explains some factors before applying for a patent.