Can an inventor confidentially inform potential industry partners about the invention?

Can an inventor confidentially inform potential industry partners about the invention?

This should be avoided!

Confidential information, i.e. the core of an invention should only be revealed after signing a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA) by all parties. Preferable is a disclosure of confidential information under a CDA only after filling a patent application!

However, it is very useful if the inventors can identify potential cooperation partners and  get their interest in the invention just by giving them general information. Before any such conversation you should carefully evaluate, which results you can communicate without disclosing the core of your invention.

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