I would like to patent something.

What laws are on the books that would protect invention from being stolen

  • by patent attorney

  • by someone at the US patent office

Please share references

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is better asked at patents.stackexchange.com – BlueDogRanch Nov 8 '19 at 16:04
  • This is a legal question. I am looking for black-and-white answer. – Marium Nov 8 '19 at 20:41
  • @Marium only the judge trying your particular case can give you a black-and-white legal answer. – Dale M Nov 18 '19 at 1:11

It just doesn’t happen. It is prohibited for a patent examiner to get a patent or any interest in a patent other than by inheritance

Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 4, patent examiners, other Office employees, and Office officers may not apply for a patent or acquire any right or interest in any patent during the period of their employment with the Office and for one year thereafter.

and a patent attorney would lose their USPTO registration and law license at a minimum for violating their oath. Very few inventions have the potential to make enough money to risk a career. You will need to trust in the professionalism of many people on the path to making your idea a profitable reality.

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  • I've heard horror stories that have prevented me from giving it a try (not by professionals though) – Marium Nov 8 '19 at 20:41
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    The real horror stories are from people who trusted invention promotion companies -1-800 XXX XXX” places. The problem is not that they steal your great idea but that they tell you your potentially non-novel so-so idea has never been done before and is the best thing they have seen in years. Then you pay $5k and they do not do much for it. – George White Nov 8 '19 at 21:20

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