Hi, this is my first time on SuN. I have an idea that I have met with my local SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) group on, and have spoken with a local Patent Lawyer. All have assured me that the idea is great. I've searched the patent database and have not found it there. The patent lawyer would like $7,000 to file the application. He advised that I could sell shares of the biz for $5,000 or $6,000 per each percentage to get the start-up costs. The question is, would a patent lawyer file the patent for a stake in the business? or would that be a breech of ethics?