hi i had a friend of mine, we worked on a idea, now my friend is not interested to work with me and he is looking for someone else.However the idea was conceived by me. Can i shake off hands and go ahead on my own in launching the idea.Since iam very new any one from the community can help ....
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Generally speaking, there is no way to legally protect or claim exclusivity on a loose idea. What you should be thinking off is not the abstract idea, but the concrete contracts, work outputs etc:
If not, then you should seek an amicable agreement with him. A written agreement where he transfers all rights to work results and disavows all ownership and future profits. And it would be a very good idea to have a competent lawyer create this contract, as you can really get into trouble if you forget something here.
You should also consider the social/reputation aspects -- if you just dump your partner, then you may find that he talks badly about you, and that this gives issues in your social circle.
When negotiating the breakup with your partner, keep in mind that you can effectively threaten to go away, and re-do everything from the ground up. In other words, your partner should not expect to get large sums for the little work done so far, the price paid should reflect that the startup in its extreme early stage isn't worth much.