“I know someone who has an invention idea that is very good, although I don’t think he’s patented it. The idea is very good, not not the person, it’s just sitting on it. I think he’s drawn designs up and has files on a USB stick but has not patented it. I hate to see his great invention sit and collect dust and I know it’s not the nicest thing to do, but would it be illegal through IP laws, copyright laws to take the invention and bring it to life myself?”
Oh my gosh, the backstabber! Yep, total backstabber dude. Well, can you really call him a friend? I guess he didn’t say friend, someone… So there’s a fundamental issue here. You’re not the inventor. You actually have to be the inventor to not defraud the patent office when you’re filing an invention. They do make you sign an oath saying you’re the inventor.
Therefore it’s unacceptable and you’d be defrauding either way if you filed this and signed it as if you had invented it. Shame on you, you’re a fraud. Can’t allow that, don’t do it. There’s even a method for this individual should they see it come to light, whether through a publication or eventually come to grant through a new derivation proceeding.
They could say “No, you derived it from me and I elected not to get a patent on it for whatever reason, but I can prove that you got this from me and it’s mine now thank you for getting the patent.” So don’t do it for double reasons. It’s a bad one.