Some individuals might only have a prototype or a feasibility study which, in certain cases, are not under patent protection. Should they be worried that their idea could be stolen?
Caroline Weimann*: There is always the danger that an idea or concept can be “stolen”, regardless of which field we are dealing with. Our main objective is to link inventors with practicioners so that the products and solutions can be developed and implemented faster than if the inventor had to actively find a “buyer” himself. It is, moreover, up to each individual submitting an idea to decide which information they want to put in the public domain. All additional data remains exclusively within the foundation or with the jury members.
What happens with the copyrights?
Caroline Weimann: The intellectual property rights remain with the developers or development team of course.
*Caroline Weimann is a member of the “empowering people. Award” team at the Siemens Stiftung.