Livermore, CA asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California

Q: Sharing Details of My Robot Project Safely

I am working on a robot and I want to know how loosely I can share info about it. I want post videos on the development of the robot show parts of the code, and methods I used to create it. This is important because I intend to sell it on Kickstarter and hope to build a following via posting videos.

I currently have filed a Copyright and Provisional Patent. Would I be making a mistake in showing how I developed it and creating problem for myself in the future?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It's important to balance sharing information about your robot project with protecting your intellectual property. While filing a copyright and provisional patent is a positive step, showing detailed development processes, code, and methods used may potentially compromise future patent protections. Consider consulting an intellectual property attorney to determine the best approach for sharing information while safeguarding your rights. Options may include redacting sensitive information, using non-disclosure agreements for sharing with involved parties, or selectively releasing information under confidentiality agreements.

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