Not making the proper contacts or finding the right department within a large company before sending information about your idea can be a big mistake. The company may decide to toss your idea submission directly into the trash without even opening any documents that you may have sent. Here are 3 tips that you can use to give your idea a fair review and avoid the rejection pile.
#1 – Make contact with the company that you are submitting your idea to before submitting your idea
Never send any information about your invention before establishing communication with the company that you are submitting your invention to. Establishing contact means that there is an open communications between the inventor submitting the idea and the company receiving the idea. Before submitting your idea, make sure that the company is accepting invention submissions. Also make sure that they are prepared to receive the information that you are about to present about your invention.
#2 – Understand and follow the submission agreement
Submission guidelines and agreements are created to represent a fair balance and protect your interests and those of the company that you’re submitting your idea to.ideas for inventions Submission guidelines are usually made up of three steps: 1. Idea assessment, 2. Intellectual Property Protection consideration 3. Process, review and response. A license agreement or intellectual property transfer will happen after the process review if the company decided to buy your idea. Be sure to understand each step of the process. Try to prepare information about your invention that will be useful to the company during each step of the submission process.
#3 – Complete a non-disclosure, legal agreement
You may ask the company or the company may ask you to sign a legal agreement or non-disclosure, between the inventor submitting the invention and the company evaluating the invention. The legal agreements purpose is to create an understanding between the company and the inventor.ideas for inventions
This agreement should outline terms of the disclosure of a confidential idea or a non-confidential idea. Personal information may be required to establish identity and ownership to your idea. The agreement may also disclose use of the information presented by the inventor. The company may have the right to make and retain, for purposes of record, copies of any descriptions, drawings, models or any other technical information submitted at the time of submission or in the future in connection with its consideration of an idea.
If the agreement is non-confidential, consider not including anything you deem proprietary or confidential. In some situations it may be necessary to only give the company required information to properly evaluate the idea without releasing any information considered proprietary or confidential.