In January of this year I shared an image of an invention via a certain social network. I would now like to file a provisional patent to buy me some time while I see if the invention is economically viable. Should I:
- Sneakily delete all social media posts so prior art will not be available.
- Bite the bullet and file a non-provisional patent application that will not be valid elsewhere (like the EU) because of stricter rules on prior art.
To clarify, I posted 5-6 images over the course of several months. One image, from January, shows the invention actually being used, whereas the rest show the results of the invention in use.
I get that option 1 would not be legally advisable, but considering the limited reach of my social network presence (i.e. image hasn't been shared elsewhere) I'm looking for practical advice on whether or not this would work.