What do I do if I discover an idea that presents an opportunity to me?

You should take the following steps:

  • Read the patent application covering the idea. You can access the patent application directly on the IdeaJudge app.
  • Study the claims to determine what protection the patent applicant is seeking.
  • See if you can make improvements to the idea without infringement of the claims.
  • If you cannot improve the idea, and file your own new patent application, you must contact the inventor(s) or the patent attorney who filed the application on behalf of the inventor(s) to find out if you can obtain the commercial rights to the idea. The address details are given in the patent application.
What do I do if I want to invest in an idea I like?

Contact the inventor(s) or the patent attorney who filed the application on behalf of the inventor(s) to find out if you can invest in the idea. The address details are given in the patent application.

Can I submit my idea, or the idea of someone else for publication on IdeaJudge?

Yes you can, provided it is covered by a patent or a published patent application, for example, a PCT, or a USA or a European patent application, or a patent application at another county’s patent office. Ideas submitted are published at the discretion of IdeaJudge.

How do IdeaJudge decide to publish an idea?

We publish ideas we believe the public will find interesting. We publish ideas for information purposes only. No guarantee or warranty of any nature is implied or given to users of the information.

Where can I learn more about patents?

We recommend you consult the websites of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at www.wipo.int, or the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at www.uspto.gov, or the European Patent Office (EPO) at www.epo.org

What do I do if I come up with a new idea or improve someone else’s idea?

We recommend that you consult a patent attorney to assist you in filing a patent application to cover your idea, or improvement to an existing idea. If you make an improvement to another person’s idea, you may be able to obtain patent protection for your improvement..

Is my vote on ideas confidential?

Yes it is. No one else sees your votes. Only you see it.