You are not obligated to pay an award to acquire intelletual property (IP) that you are already aware of. Much like the terms of a standard non-disclosure agreement, you would be exempted if you can reasonably demonstrate that you were aware of the IP through independent means. Not only that, your Challenge statement can specifically request “novel” methods for achieving the solution, and methods already known either through public domain or to your organization would not meet the Challenge Acceptance Criteria and may be rejected on that ground alone.
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- What type of verification does InnoCentive do on the winning Solver?
- What if we need to ask the Solver clarification questions before making a decision on an award?
- What if we solve the problem after the Challenge is posted?
- Can we test a submision before we agree to pay the award?
- What if we terminate the agreement in the niddle of one of our postings, what happens with the Challenge and potential award?
- Can a Solver later use the information that we included in the Challenge posting?
- Why does your agreement have an audit provision?
- Why doesn't InnoCentive or the Solver warrant that the solution is patentable or novel?
- What if we see a submission or idea that did not win, but we already knew about it and later use use it? Could the Solver sue us?
- Who decides if a Solver's submission is a winner?