Short Answer: Ask him/her to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement
Most engagement letters between attorney and client contain a clause that promises to protect client's confidential communications. In fact, issues related to breach of this confidence arise very rarely as attorneys take such obligation very seriously. Good Luck.
Short Answer: YES
Your question is a good one. Many inventors falsely believe that they need to build out their invention before they can apply for a patent. That is not the case. All you need to file a patent is an idea that is sufficiently developed and definite so that one or ordinary skill in the field of the invention can arrive at the result that you claim to be your invention.
In fact, the better practice is to file for a patent application before you go on building out your...
Short Answer: Your best bet is to file a patent application before showing it to anyone for commerical purposes. In addition, you should ask those to whom you plan to disclose your invention to sign an NDA in which they agree to keep your information confidential and not commercially exploit it without your consent. Good Luck.
Short Answer: Perhaps
The fabric itself can not be protected by a utility patent unless it has some new and non-obvious features that meets the patentability requirements. Your patent attorney will be able to advise you on whether your fabric can be protected by a utility patent.
Regarding the design on the fabric those can be protected by copyright and perhaps trademark as well. Your IP attorney can advise you on whether your design infringes the intellectual property of others and on...
Short Answer: Not to worry.
You can add claims all the way to the last phase of your patent application, even after the application has been allowed by the examiner, which is probably going to be 2-3 years from now. Now, of course, you are doing the right thing but thinking of it at this early stage, but as long as you do it 2-3 months before the first examination by the patent office, the examiner will include the new claims in his/her first examination of your application. Good Luck.
The name of your business can be a trademark for your photo business. Generally, a trademark is any feature or characteristic (usually a name or logo but can also be sound, smell, color, deocr, or any combinaiton of these) that identifies your goods or services to the consumer and helps distinguish the goods or services from those of your competitors.
Copyright protects original works such as your photos or any adverstisements you create to promote your business.
Both trademark and...
Short Answer: A personal guarantee is when you put your personal assets on the line.
What the attorney was referring to could apply to any business which is being sued. When you don't have your personal assets on the line, the business is on its own. Without assets, the business need not even file for bankruptcy since it has nothing of value to declare.
The forms of personal guarantee are only limited by the guarantor's willingness to put his/her assets on the line. For e.g., in...
Short Answer: It depends.
As my colleague Jacobson points out, there may be rights of publicity that are implicated here that would require obtaining permissions from the estates of those in the photos. I suggest you consult with an attorney first. Good Luck.
Yes, you are fine as long as you put in the time and effort to ensure the document reflects both of your intents. You don't need to be a lawyer to do your own legal work to the extent you are able. Good Luck.