InnoCentive provides protection for both Seekers and Solvers. Clearly, if a Seeker uses ideas found in the marketplace where payment is required for use of a solution, and there has been no prior documentation by the Seekers of prior work done by the Seeker, the Seeker would be in breach. However, if prior work had been done and properly documented before solutions from InnoCentive had been reviewed by the Seeker, a Solver is less likely to be successful in a legal action.
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 middle 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?