Word that means “plagiarism” but only in relation to plagiarized ideas

I’m looking for a word that has the same meaning as “plagiarism” but in relation to plagiarized ideas only, i.e. not related to writing, art work, drawing etc.


I don’t believe there exists such a word, to describe someone who steals ideas, as it cannot be classified as a crime unlike plagiarism, which also functions as a verb.

I can think of only one expression: to take credit

Scenario: A tells B an idea on how to improve the company’s productivity tenfold. Then B, behind A’s back, goes to their boss and suggests the very same idea. The idea proves to be a success but it is B who takes the credit.

To steal: To present or use (someone else’s words or ideas) as one’s own.

To take the credit: to allow people to believe that one has done something praiseworthy, whether or not one has actually done it

I found this link about how “stealing” ideas in the business world can be perfectly legal but there are exceptions to the rule.

  • Copyright Infringement
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Patent Infringement
  • Tortious Interference

Source : Link , Question Author : dodgy_coder , Answer Author : Mari-Lou A

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