Dos & don'ts and FAQs

September, 2014


1. What is a Patent?

A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application.

Patents are territorial rights. In general, the exclusive rights to the inventor are only applicable in the country or region in which a patent has been filed and granted, in accordance with the law of that country or region.

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2. What can be patented? What cannot be patented?

An invention must, in general, fulfill the following conditions to be protected by a patent. 
- It must be of practical use.
- It must show an element of novelty, that is, some new characteristic which is not known in the body of existing knowledge in its technical field. This body of existing knowledge is called “prior art”. In addition the invention must involve an inventive step which could not be obviously deduced by a person with average knowledge of the technical field.
- Further the invention must be capable of industrial application, meaning that it must be capable of being used for an industrial or business purpose beyond a mere theoretical phenomenon.
- Finally, its subject matter must be accepted as “patentable” under law. 

What cannot be patented?

In many countries, scientific theories, aesthetic creations, mathematical methods, plant or animal varieties, discoveries of natural substances, commercial methods, methods for medical treatment (as opposed to medical products) or computer programs are generally not patentable. For such inventions/ideas, you need to refer to country specific patent laws.

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3. What is a prior art?

Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. It does not need to exist physically or be commercially available. It is enough that someone, somewhere, sometime previously has described or shown or made something that contains a use of technology that is very similar to your invention. 

For example, a prehistoric cave painting can be prior art. A piece of technology that is centuries old can be prior art. A previously described idea that cannot possibly work can be prior art. Anything can be prior art. An existing product is the most obvious form of prior art. This can lead many inventors to make a common mistake: just because they cannot find a product containing their invention for sale in any shops, they assume that their invention must be novel. However, patents, patent applications, research papers, technical literature, books, image, videos, technical manuals, product specifications and any other publicly available non-patent literature (webpage, blogs, etc.) can be prior art documents.
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Invent with Nokia

1. What is Invent With Nokia?

Invent With Nokia is an Intellectual Property platform inviting external inventors with their innovative ideas to contribute to Nokia’s future growth. Even though Nokia has thousands of talented people and invests billions of dollars each year in R&D, Nokia is eager to work with external companies and individuals who can bring diverse technology and new ideas to Nokia’s business. Nokia’s successful track record of Strategic Alliances has built a strong collaborative spirit within Nokia.

2. Which languages are accepted in Invent With Nokia?

In Invent With Nokia, we accept inventions/ideas in any one the following nine languages: English, Swedish, Spanish, German, Russian, Finnish, French, Chinese or Italian. We request that you submit ideas in any of these languages. Any language other than this, we would turn down. 

3. Can I invent together with a Nokia employee?

Invent With Nokia is not the correct platform for invention/idea submission(s) by the inventors currently employed by Nokia. We have a separate internal portal for Nokia employees to submit their inventions.

However, Nokia employees can collaborate with external inventors to submit in Invent With Nokia but this collaboration needs to be specifically mentioned while submitting invention on Invent With Nokia.

4. Does Invent With Nokia keep my idea secure? Is it used by Nokia without my consent?

Invent With Nokia understands the value of your inventions/ideas and hence give the highest priority to the security of these invention submissions. That’s why we keep on testing our site regularly to make it  secure from security threats. Further, Nokia does not use any idea received from Invent With Nokia without the inventor’s consent. However, if the same idea is already in the public domain, or Nokia is, or has been independently developing a similar idea, then the inventor’s consent is not needed. If Nokia decides not to pursue the idea, the rights of the inventor’s submission are released back to the inventor, subject to the Invent With Nokia Terms & Conditions. 

5. Does Invent With Nokia accept business ideas, dealership offers, marketing offers, feedback, job request, complaints etc.?

No, Invent With Nokia is not the correct forum to provide feedback/requests for business proposals, dealership, marketing offers, customer feedback/complaints, job request(s), etc. Please contact our Customer Service team on:

6. How do I contact the Invent With Nokia team?

To contact with Invent With Nokia team, you need to register yourself in the portal. Once you submit any invention/idea, you can use “Add/View Notes” section of your submission to contact us for your requests/queries. Once you have entered your query in the Notes section we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Invent with Nokia idea submissions

1. I have made drawing(s), presentation(s), etc. describing my invention/idea. How can I share them with Invent With Nokia?

Unfortunately, privileges of uploading drawings, presentations, files etc. are not given to inventors in the initial stage. We encourage you to submit your idea in textual format and try to explain your idea on a non-confidential basis, just enough to let the Nokia technology experts see merit in your submission. If Nokia technology experts feel that your submission is interesting and has potential for Nokia, we will promote you to the next level. Then it is at this level that you are required to submit a  detailed description of your invention/idea in a different template where you have option to upload figures, presentation or any supporting documents related to your invention/idea.

2. I have filed a patent application myself. Can I submit it in IWN?

Yes, you can submit the filed patent application details on Invent With Nokia. But you need to provide us with complete patent application details i.e. patent application number and also the country in which the patent application was filed/published/issued. We need these details to study your patent application to understand the potential strength of your submission and evaluate it comprehensively.

However, if the patent application has been filed but is not available in the public domain (i.e. not published), we request you to provide us the brief description about your patent application for our evaluation. In case you do not want to disclose the invention of your patent application before the  publication of your patent application, please make your submission in Invent With Nokia with the complete patent filing details once your patent application gets published in the public domain.

3. I have published my invention in a research paper or internet web-link. Is my invention acceptable to Invent With Nokia? 

No, Invent With Nokia will not accept information supplied in the form of internet web-links. The portal provides a platform for a full disclosure of all sources that you are comfortable sharing. If there’s a secondary source provided taken from another portal/web-link, then this serves as public disclosure of the invention. 

In Nokia, we consider patent filings on a global level. As global patent protection will no longer be possible, it’s only in exceptional cases that we file patent applications after the publication of an invention.
Hence, we request that all inventors do NOT disclose their invention/idea in any public form on the internet/magazines/articles/research paper etc., if they wish to have an intellectual property protection for that idea.

4. What are the various reasons of rejection of my inventions/ideas on Invent With Nokia?

There are several reasons why your invention/idea may get rejected on Invent With Nokia. A few of them are as follows:

- Not enough information provided: -
The basic criterion of patent prosecution and grant is that there should be sufficient information to enable a skilled person to easily realize your idea. Hence, our technical experts require detailed information in order to make an informed decision about the potential of your idea. Lack of sufficient information related to your idea may lead to rejection of your idea.

- Existence of prior art in public domain: -
Many ideas are good ideas, but Invent With Nokia looks out for patentable inventions/ideas for which novelty is one of the fundamental criteria that should be adhered to. In other words, your invention/idea should be clearly distinct from the prior art(s) available in the public domain.

- Out of domain submission: -
Invention/idea submissions which are not in line with Nokia’s future vision and strategy have less chances of selection as Nokia might not be interested in patenting such ideas.
Nokia plans to expand its patent portfolio at least in the following domains:
o Mobile applications
o Software applications (e.g. maps, navigation)
o Mobile services infrastructure
o Mobility-enabling technologies and solutions

- No Language Expertise: -
Nokia has expertise to handle and review submissions in the following languages: English, Swedish, Spanish, German, Russian, Finnish, French, Chinese or Italian. Any submissions in languages other than the above cannot be reviewed by Nokia technical experts.

5. How do I improve my chances of getting my submission accepted on Invent With Nokia?

Many a times, an idea may not be accepted by Nokia because of the availability of prior art in the public domain. In such a case, that particular idea cannot be patented. We recommend that prior to submitting any invention/idea on Invent With Nokia, do try to do internet searching on the subject you are proposing. If you find similar ideas on the internet, it becomes very likely that your idea will be turned down by us too. The less of a similarity of what’s been done before, the greater the likelihood of your invention becoming acceptable for the next stage of the patenting process with Invent With Nokia.

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6. How will Nokia decide the value of my invention submission?

In the industry, where each product generally consists of multiple patented inventions, it is very early to predict the real value of an invention when it is not yet patented. Also, we do not know in the beginning as to what kind of patent claims will be allowed by the patent offices during the grant of patent. Such claims may not be as broad and useful as what was hoped for in the beginning. This generally happens in spite of the thorough internal analysis before the patent application is filed. That is why, we provide two standard offers to choose from for every invention submission. If Nokia technology experts feel that submission is interesting and has potential for Nokia, we will promote the inventor to the next level, at that point of time these standard offers become visible to the inventor. 

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