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Was my idea stolen by Edison Nation reviewer?

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I just saw my idea on NBC Channel 2 news! The idea and scope matches mine to close not to wonder. My idea was denied on May 19, 2018 Stage 4 research and design. The "Back Seat" App was introduced in May 14th. Should I consult an Attorney? 

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Hi Johnetta,

Your idea was most certainly not "stolen" by an Edison Nation team reviewer.

A few key points:

1. All Edison Nation employees are subject to very strict confidentiality agreements as a part of our employment at the company.

2. Your idea was declined at Stage 4 which means that it never went to presentation or was shown outside our company. A stage 4 decline is likely due to either mass marketability or competitors in the space. Without providing any details regarding your idea as these are public forums, the idea was declined because of existing products.

3. From a timing standpoint, as you just submitted your idea in mid-May of this year, it is not feasible for a product to be developed, finalized, pitched to a news station and shown within three weeks.

It is possible that the idea you submitted was in response to a larger issue that others have already worked to solve. This blog post can outline additional details: https://blog.edisonnation.com/2015/04/is-it-possible-someone-else-has-the-same-idea/

All of this being said, if you still have concerns, you're welcome to send us an email directly per our infringement policy outlined within the forum rules:

  • If you have infringement concerns around an idea you submitted, please send an email to questions@edisonnation.com outlining the details of your submission and a link of the existing product. We'll review within 24-48 business hours and respond back via email.

Hope this clarifies and thank you,

Michelle

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One additional comment - upon further review, here is a full story outlining the backstory of the development of the app:

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38402227/new-app-the-backseat-aims-to-protect-parents-from-leaving-kids-in-hot-cars

Karen C Adams
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I know EN really did nothing underhanded. My post was a knee jerk reaction to the shock of seeing the product online and hearing their selling points that matched mine to a close extent. My apologies to EN and the contributors to this forum. I will rethink my Spark and continue to expand on it. Thank you for your prompt response. JJ
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Hi Johnetta,

Thank you for your comment. Edison Nation takes all infringement claims very seriously. Glad you were able to find some clarification.

In general folks, beyond providing the most chances for commercialization success for your ideas, protecting the intellectual property of our innovators is our main goal. Edison Nation IS its innovators and it is our goal to earn and maintain the trust of our community and keep our platform secure.

Best of luck to all!

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Accusations like this are exactly why Companies don't want to deal with people off the street with ideas. Potential Legal Issues 

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