Check with the lawyers, but I think that you will find that this 
is strictly a US view of patents. In every other country any public 
disclosure anywhere immediately voids the right to patent. Even 
NDA disclosure can be tricky, because an offer for sale counts 
as a disclosure.


Doug Royer wrote:
> "David L. Nicol" wrote:
> >
> > After publishing your idea somewhere, for public critique, you have
> > a year to file your patent application.  After that it becomes a
> > public prior art.
> >
> > Am I wrong?
> Or if it is a little past a year, and you can show that you
> have done your best - you can also get the patent. It's not
> a hard set time limit.
> -Doug

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