An inventor may want to attract investors (e.g., angel investor) to help with the finances of launching an invention. The inventor might just have an idea and nothing else. They may not have started the patent process, engineering, prototyping, or proof of concept and are really at the very beginning of the launching process. However, they may want the investor to share in … [Read more...]
Raising funds requires an inventor to disclose a portion or the entirety of the invention to investor (e.g., family and friends, angel inventors and venture capitalists). The disclosure should be made under conditions which protect the inventor.
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