You’re ready to turn your idea into a business. But how do you protect it from competitors and copycats? In this course, an experienced patent attorney explains the different types of legal protections to help you determine which is best for your business.

Stephanie Pia Corporate Marketing at South Mill Mushroom Sales / Kaolin Mushroom Farms

September 1st, 2016

Many VCs find it a turn off when you hit them with an NDA. I wonder if they are a waste of time during the initial phases of fundraising. More

Read 69 answers

Julie Krafchick Digital Media Professional: Design, Marketing, Startups

January 30th, 2014

Would you sign an NDA with a founder of a startup that currently has a first prototype, 4 part-time employees and no funding?... More

Read 42 answers

Caroline Helper Senior PR Account Executive at EvansHardy+Young

November 16th, 2015

I'm still very much in the development phase and I'm at a point where I'm looking for all the help I can get. We have a solid very clear idea but... More

Read 56 answers


March 12th, 2015

Recently I was told by an Entrepreneur / VC / EC that he wouldn't sign our NDA, after our discussion regarding products, services... More

Read 35 answers


May 27th, 2016

My team and I have bootstrapped our way through a beta test since the start of the year (i.e. we've spent a low 5 figure amount). The results are... More

Read 19 answers

Kate Hiscox

January 15th, 2014

I'm about to execute another one and wondered, not for the first time, if there was a quick and dirty online NDA creator with built in electronic... More

Read 16 answers

Monica Borrell CEO and Founder at Cardsmith

February 12th, 2014

I'm forming a 'customer advisory board' of 5 or 6 interested people in my target market. They will receive some benefits from us in exchange for providing... More

Read 14 answers

Stas Oskin

March 24th, 2015

A company that wants to hire me for some consulting, asked me to sign a NDA without any limitation on the expiration on the confidentiality term.They... More

Read 8 answers

Jimmy W

October 4th, 2015

Is it common to ask friends or relatives to sign a NDA even if I just need some small help from them? I do need to disclose my idea in order to enlist... More

Read 17 answers


March 12th, 2015

Recently, I was asked by a start-up with promise to sign an NDA that would have punished me with a fine of $200,000 for each breach. I declined although... More

Read 6 answers