Keep Thieves Away
The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.
—RALPH WALDO EMERSON
We live in a crazy culture that thrives on fear and tells us that everybody is a crook out to steal our ideas. When it comes to inventing, though, this kind of paranoia is actually healthy. By now, you have invested a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in your project, and you need to play it safe and protect it—and yourself. Trouble is, this is precisely the point in the process when people push the panic button and think they need a full (nonprovisional) patent right away. That isn't true. In fact, in some circumstances, ...