Do I need to sign an NDA to talk with DSL Patents about my invention?

No. As patent agents, we have an ethical obligation to keep confidential any information you give us about your invention. While this is not the same as a legal privilege that you might have in discussions with a lawyer acting as a lawyer, it means that disclosing your invention to us will not be treated as a public disclosure that might make any patent we prepare for you invalid. Incidentally, even if you work with a patent agent who is a lawyer (and our personnel are lawyers, just not practicing as lawyers), if all the lawyer is doing for you is preparing a patent application, your discussions with him or her may not be privileged anyway.

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