The speed in which a patent is filed is vital: starting from the date in which it is filed it normally takes 18 months for a patent to be published and only after that it may become of common knowledge. Before that moment, the patent is secret. We stress a lot over the importance of this issue with our Clients though it may not be easy as it would seem to convince them of not saying a word to anyone before. They normally ask “But not even to my family? To my friends?” And we often have to retort quite bluntly: “No!”. Otherwise, what kind of secret would it be?.