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I currently have an idea. First I need to make a prototype.

What do I need to sign with the prototype maker, seamstress, so that it will legally bind her to not steal my idea and not tell anyone about my idea?

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    Although building prototypes is an excellent idea, you don't need one to obtain a patent.
    – Eric S
    Apr 12 at 18:17

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The document you need to have is called a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) also called a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA). Basically it binds the parties to not disclose confidential information for a period of time. Typically these are written with two periods. First is a period for disclosure. This might be 1 month or 1 year. Second is a period of confidentiality. This is often something like 5 years which is generally long enough to obtain a patent. If you search on "NDA template free" you will get plenty of examples.

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  • What about non-compete. Does the NDA prevent the signee from using the idea? Apr 12 at 20:12
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    You can certainly do a non-compete too. I would only work with a prototyper if possible. They don’t last long if they steal their client’s IP.
    – Eric S
    Apr 12 at 20:32
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    @freelionsntigersfromcages I should point out that if your seamstress goes and makes your invention and sells it, that would constitute public disclosure. You would then have grounds for a law suit.
    – Eric S
    Apr 17 at 22:30

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