QUESTION: My cofounder and I split. Can I patent our idea by myself?
My cofounder and I were working on an idea, prior to incorporating. We decided not to work together for personal reasons. He came up with parts of the idea. No patent has yet been filed. Is it ok for me to start a separate company and file for patent on the idea?

ANSWER: In the absence of a contrary agreement with your partner, you can apply for a patent, but your partner probably needs to be named as an inventor