Phitidis discussed, off the back of the Vodacom issue, how to protect your intellectual property from corporate theft.
Entrepreneurs, he said, are by nature are always presenting ideas to corporates that they want as clients.
Corporates are always looking to see if they can do it themselves.
It’s an ongoing battle and how to safeguard oneself is an issue for most SMEs.
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An idea cannot be protected unless there is a specific agreement.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Can you bring your idea to market?— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Do you have money to protect yourself if someone tries to steal your idea?— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Patent law trumps contract law. The Constitutional Court erred in their decision.— Ari Kahn (former MTN employee who claims to be the real inventor)
Present your idea as high up the chain as you can.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Always present with, and to, more than one person.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Document everything!— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
Send very detailed notes and copy in everybody who was involved.— Pavlo Phitids, Aurik Business Incubator
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