Me and my partner are working on an idea for a text (SMS) service that we intend to pitch to the National Health Service in the UK as it could potentially save them a lot of money. However, minus the idea, they already have the technology, framework, and (presumably) budget to be able to implement and promote it themselves, and it seems silly to me that they should have to pay someone else before being legally able to do this.
- Can/should the idea be protected before pitching it?
- If successful, how is the buyout conducted? Would it be a lumpsum or could it potentially be a proportion of the money saved?
Thanks very much in advance.