I have a few marketing idea that I have done some research on and have not been able to find other people who have done them. Since I am not in any businesses that could use the idea I wanted to sell them to a company that could use them.
First off, is there a way to copyright a marketing idea, and if I am able to how secure am I from idea theft once I do?
My second question is where would I go to copyright something like that?
is there a way to copyright a marketing ideaSorry, but in the general case there is not. You should see this little article for an overview of the different types of intellectual property (IP) that exist, and which areas the different types of IP cover. But generally speaking, there is no legal exclusivity for abstract ideas.
how secure am I from idea theft once I do?As note above, abstract ideas are not yours to own exclusively. So it would not be "theft" if someone else copies your idea.
That said, some concrete innovations can be patented, etc. The 'strength' of the protection varies by the type of IP as well as the specifics of each case. But in most cases, enforcing intellectual property claims means threatening to take or actually taking legal steps, and is both very expensive and time consuming.
where would I go to copyright something like that?
I have a patent, and the process to obtain one is not easy / inexpensive. Make sure you truly understand why you want a patent, and what benefits it will provide. Many times, a patent is just a license to go hunting - the true costs come when you attempt to enforce your patent.
To protect a marketing idea you would need a patent for intellectual property, it's done all the time. Just google "advertising and marketing patents", you'll find plenty of lawsuits over marketing patents. The US patent law is geared towards the "first to invent" theory, so if you can prove that you invented a system or model first, you prevail even if someone else beats you to a patent.
A marketing idea that uses other technology, machinery, etc.., to implement a system or model would be help your idea become easily patent-able. You may run into other patents, based on the technology you implement in your system or model, that could cause problems, you must be prepared to deal with that.
Not to be rude, but can you name any other marketing ideas that are copyrighted?
Only the "instances" of ideas can be protected. No one has the patent for 'car' ...only the specific technologies that contribute.
You protect not your idea but it's implementation by creating a team and business hard to duplicate. Ever wonder why there aren't auction sites 85% as good as ebay but only charge half?