How can I stop a patent attorney from stealing my idea or invention?

How can I stop a patent attorney from stealing my idea or invention?

Profiting from an idea or an invention has never been easy. And even though the internet has made it easy to market and sell products, there are a lot of copycats lurking around every corner waiting to pounce on your idea or invention.

Sure, one of the best ways to avoid your idea getting copied is by patenting it. This, however, involves sharing the idea with an attorney and working with them to get your invention patented. So, how sure are you that your patent attorney won’t steal your idea?

Well, if you are fearful that your invention or idea will be stolen, you are not alone. Most people who come up with great ideas and inventions are usually afraid, or at least, concerned when sharing their ideas with other people. In this post we will dispel any doubts that an attorney would be interested in stealing your idea or invention.

So let’s get started!


Can a patent attorney actually steal my idea?

Well, they could but probably won’t. And here are four reasons why;

  • They are bound by rules of ethics

    Attorneys are bound by rules of ethics and state laws when serving clients. Patent attorneys have a legal and ethical obligation to maintain confidentiality of their client’s information and everyone who contacts them for patent advice. Therefore they cannot reveal your information without your consent. If they do, they’ll be risking their reputation, being fined or even losing their license. Not to mention, you can also go after them with a lawsuit.

  • Risking their Livelihood

    By stealing your idea an attorney would be throwing away their fruitful career for an invention that only has potential to be profitable. Considering a large number of patents don’t make money for the inventors, it would be unwise for the patent attorney to risk a career they’ve worked so hard to achieve for something that might not be profitable.

  • The moral aspect

    The patent attorney-client relationship is one of trust. Clients come to their attorneys trusting they get help in obtaining a patent for their invention while the attorney promises to act in their best interest while pursuing the patent. Stealing the client’s idea would not only break this trust but would also shine a light at the attorney’s bad moral character. This would eventually hurt the attorney’s reputation and knock them out of business because no one would want to get their services from a morally corrupt attorney.

  • They actually wouldn’t even obtain the patent

    A patent attorney would not even be able to patent from your invention since they are not the actual inventor. Patents are issued to initial inventors. It would be unlawful for an attorney to declare they are the inventor if they did not contribute to the idea or invention. Therefore, if the patent lawyer were to steal someone else’s idea they would not be able to get a patent on it.



The odds of losing your idea or invention to patent attorneys are very slim if not close to none. The risk of stealing an idea also outweighs the benefits that a well done patent will bring to your business. so, you shouldn't be worried about losing your idea or invention to a patent attorney.

However, if you are still concerned, we recommend picking an attorney that you feel comfortable with. One you can establish a relationship with and work towards filing for a patent together.

If you have any questions about this topic or any other, feel free to contact us at Miller IP Law. We are always happy to help! Good Luck!

About the Firm...

Miller IP Law is a firm that focuses on small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs/solopreneurs. We’re easy to use. We offer affordable pricing that’s transparent and flat-rate. We focus on the little guys who actually need our help. If you’d like an attorney on your team, simply schedule a Zoom call, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Top Blog Articles

1. Cheapest Way To Get A Patent

2. How Long Does It Take To Get A Trademark?

3. Why Are Patents Important?

Miller IP Law

Want to chat more about this topic, or got a burning question? Take advantage of instant chat and send us a direct message


Miller IP Law

Find Us On LinkedIn

About Our Firm…

Miller IP Law is a group of attorney's, based out of Mountain Green, Utah, who are excited to help you build your business and further innovate market places and economies. Please consider looking at our services, billed at flat rate, and be sure to grab a free strategy session to meet with us!

Start Your Journey



Get weekly stories and information about protecting intellectual property with our e-mail Newsletter today!

Need To Get In Touch With Us?➡

Schedule A Free Strategy Session Today…

Miller IP Law

Flat Fee Pricing

Straightforward for Patents and Trademarks

Miller IP Law

Patent Application

Miller IP Law

Trademark Application

Miller IP Law

Copyright Application

← Another Awesome Article Another Awesome Article →

We love to hear your Comments/Feedback | To chat with us directly grab time at

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published