Receiving a patent from the us patent and trade office pto affords your invention and your business legal protection but the government isnt responsible for policing your patent and . To protect your interests consider two common strategies employed by inventors amateur and professional alike first you can file a provisional patent application if your invention is patentable. This is the second half of my interview with john ferrell longtime silicon valley patent attorney and angel investor about intellectual property protection for software. A list of contact information for most intellectual property offices worldwide can be found at the world intellectual property office link is external however the patent cooperation treaty pct streamlines the process of filing patents in multiple countries. In order to protect your intellectual property without a patent the right kinds of legal agreements carefully crafted to meet your specific needs in each instance are crucial non disclosure agreements ndas anytime you need to share secret information with someone in order to work with them sign a non disclosure agreement
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