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The statement of the problem you are solving is usually not the confidential part, how you are solving it is. So there may not be an issue. Since we do not know anything about the invention or your intended presentation that should not be much comfort to you. Note that the mere identification of the problem is, itself, sometimes an important aspect of an ...


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The normal way of handling this is the use of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) also called a confidentiality agreement (CDA). As long as the recipients of your presentation sign an NDA then your presentation would not be considered public disclosure. Your school's legal department should be able to help you with this. If everyone is in a closed room and ...


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To supplement @EricS answer - no actual prototype is needed especially in what is called “the predictable arts”. Some arrangement of electronics is going to work in a very predictable way. In manufacturing a product you have a chance to infringe any number of patents, not particularly those of your component suppliers.


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In my 30+ years of engineering with over 90 patents have never once asked permission from a component manufacturer before filing a patent. I can't imagine a reason for doing so. Where you might need permission from a component manufacturer is with the actual manufacturing and sale of the patented device. Even this is unusual. However, if you use a component ...


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It depends, as George White explains, on whether the invention is sufficiently enabled. It is possible to get a patent on an invention that isn't realizable with current technology or where it is economically infeasible. Peter Glaser obtained a patent on the solar power satellite in 1973. There was no hope for actual implementation of his invention before ...


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From the wording of your question I would say no. To get a patent one must have a fixed idea of how to make and use the invention. And the written specification and drawings need to show someone of ordinary skill in the art how to make and use the invention without undue experimentation. As your question is worded I do not think you know how to make anything ...


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