I fear, that this forum might not be the proper place to post my question, but I didn't find a better-suiting one. Sorry, mods!
I hope, I can make you understand the problem, which is even hard to describe in my mother-tongue (without describing my "real" idea in detail).
Some months ago I had an idea or an concept for a certain feature, that a mobile phone should include. It's just the idea for a feature such as "being able to calculate the days left to my mother's birthday", with the slight difference that imo my idea would be much more useful.
So, i do know, what I want my mobile and respectively my software to do, but:
i don't have the programming skills.
After skimming through german patent law (you cannot protect an idea, you need a prototype) and talking to a lawyer, we decided not to apply for a patent.
Instead, we thought of going straight to Nokia or some other company, have them signed a "treaty of silence" (?) (like they don't tell anyone about my idea, if they don't buy the idea), sell them my idea and ask for a commision.
The problem is:
how can we guarantee, that the company guys don't tell us "oh, nice, we had the very same idea one year ago", and steal our idea?
Remember, we don't have a patent and we won't get one. We only have the treaty, and even this document can't help us, if they tell us, whether justifiied or lied, that they already had the very same idea.
Has anyone of you ever faced a problem like that?
Has anyone ever sold an idea for a software/feature to a company?
Has anyone been fooled by a company?
What other possibilities would you recommend to me?
I would much appreciate, if you could help me!