Originally Posted by whiterhino
I have heard this before. We were recently introducing a new product at a show and our patent attorneys were adamant that we have the application filed before anyone outside the company saw it. They told me that we could not apply for a patent after it was introduced.
*nod* it may be simply a policy partially implemented by your corporate legal staff in order to mitigate potential countersuits, challenges, and the like that would make pursuing the patent more costly than it's worth.