Idea Theft Claims In California

Law360, New York (September 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Federal intellectual property laws do not generally afford protection to ideas, however innovative they may be.[1]

Nonetheless, can an idea be stolen? Does California law protect ideas that are not patentable, not copyrightable and are not trade secrets? Can a lawsuit be maintained against the recipient of an idea for exploiting it absent a written agreement requiring payment for the idea?

The answer is yes, and although the circumstances under which these suits can be successfully brought is limited, a barrier to one of the claims...
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