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    Default Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy vs. Patent

    A lot of companys have those unsolicited idea submission policies. For example (first google result):

    http://www.apple.com/legal/intellect...ies/ideas.html

    Does that include patented ideas/inventions or is the patent protection stronger than such policies?

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    Default Re: Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy vs. Patent

    You mean, if you as an inventor were to submit information about your patented invention to a company that has a similar policy without being solicited to do so?

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    Default Re: Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy vs. Patent

    Exactly

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    Default Re: Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy vs. Patent

    It would not be advisable to do so knowingly, as depending on the full facts it could be construed as a grant of a license, although I would hope that a company would exercise due diligence and complete a patent search before utilizing any submissions - after all, my "original" idea may be the subject of somebody else's patent.

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