Work2XL wrote: ...I do have one question. If in a "Super Secret" forum you disclose a project, would that be considered "Public disclosure" by any foreign countries for patent purposes?
My hunch is no, but I wouldn't want to bet the farm on one of my hunches.
Randy, the way your question is worded, the answer is no. It wouldn't be a public disclosure, in and of itself. Of course the risk is, should someone else from the group go off and publicize it on their own, either intentionally or accidentally, then it may amount to a bar of international rights.
But, that's one of the things that makes America the beautiful. Even a purposely malicious leak would not bar you from US patent rights, not for an entire year. This will probably remain true, even if the US goes to a first-to-file system.
So, if domestic commerce is enough for you to get in, make your money, and get out, then there is a tremendous advantage to developing your ideas in a "think tank". As a seasoned operations guy, I bet you already know this. And, let's face it, foreign patents may not prevent knockoffs.
(Now, as a design engineer and project manager, I've worked with some pretty bright people, for some respected technical corporations. But, I'm literally chomping at the bit to develop projects with some of the people on this forum.)