Many people in the area of innovations and innovation marketing criticized that one can not sell the rights reffering to unpatented or not applied for a patent innovations / problem solutions. The question is justified nevertheless it concerns here only an ambiguity of terms. Every human possesses rights reffering to his own ideas and their realization, if he did not reveal them to public, also before patenting. The patent protects only against utilization by others after the innovation and/or problem solution becomes known and it can be granted only over the concrete realization of a conception/an idea. However a not announced innovation can be just as valuable as a patented concerning the advantages/values which can be drawn from the realization. If the prospective customer does not reveal this suggestion it is possible to use it without applying for a patent and there are also product ideas which are difficult or impossible to patent, nevertheless they can bring a good advantage to customer and market. If an innovation or solution proposal did not yet become known and it is patentable, the prospective customer can claim himself a patent after the acquisition of the rights on it. The original owner does abandon his rights by contract and commits himself also to not pass on the knowledge to others. The risk to buy a not patentable and useless innovation is not really higher than the risk to buy a patented however not usable innovation. The interests of both sides are protected by the gradual insight into problem solutions. The prospective customer must be naturally able to measure from the supplied information whether he goes the next step or not, whether he has still interest. That is mostly easy, because one learns about the usage, the advantage and the kind of the innovation. The first step even includes superficial market estimation.
Still the risk remains to buy an innovation where others have rights (in this case of patent laws or the knowledge about it and the will for realization). A patent and a market search can give information here. The owner(s) of the innovation offered for sale declares (declare) that the appropriate solution proposal was developed by him (them) alone. The prospective customer must cover further risks by own searches. That is a restraining threshold, but if one reads for example, "virus-safe computer" then one can at the beginning only from the title estimate the fact that first of all no patent on it exists (at least in Germany but probably nowhere, or it was announced today, only such a risk exists also with given patents that in the meantime the better solution was announced by someone different), secondly no appropriate solution is on the market and thirdly that it would give a good market chance. The price is ridiculous compared to the chances of profit, one can approach gradually with small expenditure. The residual risk one can never exclude, either one dies it or one leaves all that unused, in the damage of many. By the gradual approximation the risk for patented and not patented suggestions is practically alike.
Naturally it is better a patent to be claimed. But the way from the registration to the assignation is lengthy and one faces the risk as an applicant to reveal everything without to receive the protection one was hoping for, depending how smart or lucky one is (in addition the expenditure is a big restraining threshold). Also many good product ideas are not patentable, nevertheless original and useful. In addition, this platform can be used by patentees! Even such are preferred. But it offers the large advantage, the fact that one has a chance also without patent application, which helps many innovations to publicity and can be informative referring to the market.
The attainable price is self-evident with patent far higher than without, because the risk of buying a not functioning solution is even using gradual approximation still higher if one cannot see the description completely. But it is possible to reduce it through this procedure and this risk is also only by relevant information expenditure to be kept small when a patent exists.
INNOHUM suggests to all to apply for a patent!
INNOHUM can help during this process.