I have used Google Docs to collaborate with distance partners to develop materials that are not confidential \ sensitive. The ability to quickly modify and discuss changes in real-time is terrific.
If a legal team (west coat / east coast / telecommuters) is drafting a NPA (Non Provisional Patent Application), with a PPA already submitted to the USPTO.
What is the risk if the PPA on Google Docs was viewed by an unauthorized viewer?
Ideally, one would have Sharepoint or similar in-house and external contributors could VPN in. Email is clunky \ outdated for collaboration and is not secure unless the extraordinary step of encryption is applied.
Any lesson-learned or best-practices are always appreciated.