Not in every case, and it will depend upon the rules for outside work and technology transfer — the knowledge of which are the responsibility of the Solver. Prior to completing any Challenge award and paying the Solver, InnoCentive requires that when called for, the Solver obtain a signed and notarized document from his or her employer waiving any and all rights to the solution intellectual property (IP). To date, we have a 98%+ success rate in obtaining this waiver. Any issues of conflict of interest or sharing of award proceeds must be between the Solver and his/her employer and are not the responsibility of Seeker or InnoCentive.
Articles in this section
- 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?