Though I am not sure whether your question relates to a business or a product or a system of working things etc.
As a general rule, there is no protection of ideas no matter how splendid.
To get protection, you need to implement your idea to some extent or make it into something or at least integrate it in a medium from which it can be expressed or appreciated. For example a working paper, diagramatic explanation of functioning, a prototype, etc.
In simplest terms; bring it out of your mind. It does not have to be fully alive, but let it be decipherable to others.
After fulfiling this, there are various realms of operation in practice.
You may seek copyright protection for musical, dramatic, literature or other artistic works.
You may seek patent protection if it is an innovative device or item, etc,
You may seek protection under industrial design for aestethic works.
If it is a business model, you may have to implement it in such a way that originality and innovation can be attributed to it.
The list goes on and on.
Note however that you may get protection under more than one available section.
Finally, for the second segment of your question, (although prospective investors see it as a sign of pride) you may get proper advice and have a "non-disclosure agreement" signed by the investor before meeting with any prospective investor or disclosing the secret.
As with most innovative thinkers, you probably have a lot of other ideas to fall back on if this doesn't go as planned. So you would have weigh the value and trust your instincts.
All in all, you would do fine with the right team and proper exercise of discretion.
7 months ago
Okay. Thank you very much. What about if I do decide to have a lawyer as a partner? Meaning he or she will naturally cover our backs in respect to legal concerns.
Is this out of the ordinary?