Inventing 101: Deconstructing Edison Nation’s Submission Form: Intellectual Property and Beyond

Inventing 101: Deconstructing Edison Nation’s Submission Form: Intellectual Property and Beyond

Intellectual Property and Beyond…

This is the final post within our “Deconstructing the Submission Form” series. In this post, we’re going to review best practices around completing the intellectual property section of the submission form.

The last section we addressed was Competition. Before we dive into Intellectual Property, let’s make sure all our T’s are crossed and our I’s dotted…

The last two sections of the submission form ask you to check what elements you have completed in the Design Process and in Prototyping. While Edison Nation does not require you to do any formal design or prototyping, if you have done the work, here’s your opportunity to share. The most important thing to stress with these sections? If you check a box, attach media on the next section of the submission form showing the work you’ve done. You can attach images, video demonstrations and industrial design files.

Moral of the story: “If you check the box, attach the files.”

This brings us to the Attach Media area of the submission form. Once again, while it is not required, here is your chance to show us what you’ve got. Here are some quick guidelines on uploading files that are also available on the Edison Nation Help Page:

Laptop / Desktop Computers

  • Make sure you have the latest version of your preferred modern browser Internet Explorer 9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari.
  • Verify your internet connection’s speed with speedtest.net.
  • Anything above 1MB/s should provide a reasonable upload time depending on your file size.
  • When you click to upload your file, make sure you do not switch screens or minimize the browser until the upload is complete.

For Mobile Devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.)

  • Make sure you have the latest version of Safari (iPhone and iPad) or Chrome (iPhone, iPad, Android) installed.
  • Make sure you are connected to either wifi or high speed LTE.
  • Verify your internet connection’s speed with speedtest.net.
  • Anything above 1MB/s should provide a reasonable upload time depending on your file size.
  • When you click to upload your file, make sure you do not switch screens or minimize the browser until the upload is complete.
  • Make sure your mobile device does not go into standby mode.

Once you have attached your media, you are ready to jump into the Intellectual Property section of the form.

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Quick reminder: You don’t need a patent to submit an idea.

Edison Nation welcomes all innovations regardless of their current stage in the product development process, whether merely an idea or a finished commercial sample or factory-quality prototype.

That being said, if you DO have intellectual property associated with your idea, we ask you to provide as much detail as possible as it is that IP that would be licensed to a potential manufacturing/distribution partner.

Let’s take this section by section…

Issued Patents:

  • If you answer “Yes” that you have an issued patent, you’ll be asked to confirm what type of patent you have, along with the patent number and the date issued. This information is available on the patent itself.
  • During our review of your product, we’ll review the patent as well as the status of any pending maintenance fees associated with the patent to ensure it is active.
  • If you have more than one patent on your product, please be sure to list all available within the form.

Pending Patents:

  • If you answer “Yes” that you have an actively pending patent application, you will be asked to confirm what type of application you have and the date it was filed.
  • If you indicate that you have filed a Provisional Patent Application, please ensure it is an active application – remember, these are valid for one year from the date of filing.
  • Please also include the application itself (no the e-filing receipt) as a PDF attachment with your entry for our legal review.
  • If you have more than one patent application on your product, please be sure to list all available within the form.

Idea Origin:

  • Confirm that you came up with the idea yourself.
  • If your answer is “No,” please include information within your description around the relationship you have with the inventor.
    • EXAMPLE: I’m submitting this on behalf of my father.

Time of Invention:

  • If you remember when you invented the product concept, please indicate the date, as accurate as you can be.
  • This is important as our intellectual property evaluation includes timing compared to other products and patents in the space.

Disclosure:

  • This is a VERY important section of the submission form as we need to determine who, if anyone, has seen your product and if the intellectual property was protected under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). This also applies to the next question asking if the product concept was shared online or in public.
  • If you answer “Yes” in this section, please describe who you disclosed the idea to, the date of disclosure and if there was an NDA in place.
  • Remember, you are free to continue to pitch your product as long as your submission reaches Stage 7 of our standard innovation searches or Stage 3 of our Insider Licensing Program. If you are continuing to pitch, be sure this section of the form is updated.

Website:

  • If you have a website for your product concept, please include it here and be as accurate as possible for the launch date of the site.

Contributors:

  • Did you co-invent this product with another person? If your answer is yes, please complete their contact information and outline their contribution to the product.
  • This information is necessary if a license is secured for the idea. If the product is not protected by a patent or patent-application, Edison Nation will need to include the details for any contributors in the patent filing.

Other Venues:

  • If you answer “Yes” to your product being featured on other venues, please be as specific as possible with details. Again, this ties into the overall disclosure of the product.

Once you complete this section of the submission form, all you need to do is complete your personal information and submit your idea!

We hope the information included within the “Deconstructing the Submission Form” series has been helpful to you for current and existing submissions!

Best of luck and Happy Inventing!


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2 Comments Inventing 101: Deconstructing Edison Nation’s Submission Form: Intellectual Property and Beyond

  1. ruby b. tyler

    i read you blog on this page and i think my invention would be in good hands. i went to the invention company george forman advertised on television and i was not comfortable with the fact that after i invested all the money (money i do not have), the product would be in their name. i have a prototype, i made it myself, and i think all hospitals, nursing homes, nail salons, and homes would benefit from my product. my main thought is i just want to be known as the inventor. the cost to make it is next to nothing.

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