If the Challenge is posted and our Solvers are working on the solution, the Seeker is technically obligated to follow through to the conclusion and make an award if a Solver submits a solution that wins against the stated success criteria. Even if a Seeker has somehow solved a problem before a Challenge has run its course, valuable technical information or ideas may still be obtained from a Solver. Similarly, if a Solver identifies a publicly available solution which meets the success criteria but is not previously known to the Seeker, this is deemed to be a successful solution.
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?