Wayne, NJ asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for New Jersey

Q: Is it possible to patent something that you put on your private Google Drive account?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: I would try to put onto Google Drive, or any other similar off-site services, anything that you want to keep secret.

It is likely OK, and many attorneys may not worry about it, so I do not mean to scare you. But the problem is that the area of law regarding confidentiality of electronic documents off-site stored on servers not controlled by the author is still in development. It will likely be OK, but I’d rather that my clients not take chances on keeping confidential documents on outside servers.

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