The Challenge Specific Agreement, which is required to be accepted by the Solvers prior to viewing confidential information and opening a Project Room, conveys the IP from the Solver to the Seeker. The Solver is responsible for determining his/her ability to transfer the IP where IP is required. InnoCentive does not independently verify the Solver’s freedom to practice the IP or the accuracy of the Solver statements. As explained in response to the following question, we have the Solver physically sign and notarize an Affidavit re-affirming the Challenge Specific Agreement and we require that his/her employer physically sign and waive any rights to the submission. The Solver will not receive an award if they cannot transfer the solution IP as required by the specific Challenge and InnoCentive’s proven process.
The Seeker is also responsible to do their own freedom to operate or patent Search prior to notifying InnoCentive of a Selected winner. Our clients typically use their existing process in place for acquiring IP from outside sources.