I am currently an engineering student and have been given the opportunity to create any product i choose and enter it in a number of competitions. This is a group project of 4. I have been the designated "idea" man of the group and so far have come up with just about every potential design candidate. One member of the group is virtually non-existent (does not show up, or hours late). So on my weekend i have been doing independent research and have come up with a new idea that i feel is very unique. I would like to present this to faculty, but realize if i do it might become the schools intellectual property or the groups. If the group helps me design it i would have no problem letting them have a stake. My problem is i would like to have credit for the basic idea, after all i have come up with the idea on my own outside of school. Any advise you can offer would be much appreciated.