Legal

The submission process for every Edison Nation search is secure.

Each partner we work with signs an NDA confidentiality agreement.

At the close of the submission, we ask you to sign an Innovator Agreement. It's Edison Nation policy to keep your submissions safe and secure while in our system.

We invite you to review our Innovator Agreement. Download a copy here.

Please note that Edison Nation staff are not permitted to provide legal advice regarding the terms and conditions of the Innovator Agreement, by law. Please consult with your own attorney regarding any questions or concerns you have about this agreement.

We invite you to review our Insider Licensing Program Innovator Agreement. Download a copy here.

Please note that Edison Nation staff are not permitted to provide legal advice regarding the terms and conditions of the Innovator Agreement, by law. Please consult with your own attorney regarding any questions or concerns you have about this agreement.

You don't need a patent to submit an idea. We're open to all great, new ideas.

All ideas are protected and never shared publicly until licensed. All reviewers and potential licensing partners are subject to strict confidentiality.

If you have a patent or patent-pending idea, you are welcome to submit it to any of our current searches.

You may also want to look into our Insider Licensing Program. If selected, you can have the Edison Nation Licensing team working on your behalf to help secure a deal with one of our partners.

If your idea is selected from a search, Edison Nation acquires the rights to your idea (please see the Innovator Agreement) so that we can pursue licensing opportunities on your behalf. When patent protection is pursued, your name will remain as the original inventor.

Our commitment to our inventor community and to our retail/manufacturing partners is to be the advocate of an idea. We'll work on your behalf to see the idea is licensed, developed and introduced to the market. If we aren't successful in this effort, all IP rights go back to you. Our business is to make successful licensing and development deals; this is in your best interest and our best interest.

Intellectual property is a work or invention that is a result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark and more.

We invite you to visit the United States Patent & Trademark Office website to learn more about our country's patent processes and laws.

To learn more inventing terms, check out this blog post: http://blog.edisonnation.com/2015/02/inventing-101-terms-inventors-should-know/

No, the Edison Nation team cannot give legal and/or patent advice. Should you have questions about the patent process and/or Edison Nation's innovator agreement, we invite you to consult with a patent attorney.

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act essentially changed our first inventor-to-file system to one that is first to file.

With this change, Edison Nation has modified the innovator agreement to protect the potential patentability of your innovation and to ensure our interests remain aligned. With this new law, it is very important that you do not submit or disclose anything related to your invention without a confidentiality agreement in place.

Now, more than ever, partnering with Edison Nation helps level the playing field between independent inventors and the vast resources of large companies.

For more information about the America Invents Act, be sure to visit the United States Patent & Trademark Office website.