Submitting an invention is simple and secure.

Submission process

You’ll submit your idea through either our General route or our Privileged one.

If you take the General route, your initial submission should be non-confidential. Once it passes an initial review, you’ll join the confidential and quicker Privileged route.

You can opt to join the Privileged route from the outset. To do this, you’ll either need to request promotion to this route when you register or be sent a special invitation by Nokia to register.

Whichever route you take, your submission will be protected by the automatic security features of our ‘Invent With Nokia’ portal.

General route

After you register, you’ll fill in a template to submit your idea. We’ll review your idea and if it is approved, we’ll agree a confidentiality agreement with you. You’ll then continue along our confidential Privileged route for a detailed invention report.

General route General route

Privileged route

Privileged route Privileged route

After you register, you’ll submit a detailed invention report to make your case for our expert review. In the Privileged route, you’ll be able to view terms, select financial awards, upload documents, interact with our experts and get a quicker result for your submission.

If accepted, your invention will be filed as a patent application where you’ll be named as inventor and rewarded financially for transferring IP rights to Nokia. The complete patenting process is supported and funded by us.

Get started

1. Register

2. Submit

3. Get evaluated

4. Get paid

Your first step is to register.

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  • How do I contact the Invent With Nokia team?
  • If you’ve a general query or feedback, please use the “Send Us Feedback” tab at the bottom of every page. For invention-related queries, log in to your account and use the “Add/View Notes” section of your submission to ask your question. Please mention the submission reference number.

  • Can I submit drawings or presentations describing my idea?
  • Yes, if we approve your idea at the initial review stage. When you first share your idea with us through the general submission route, it should be non-confidential information only and you’ll describe it in words. If we can see its potential, you’ll join the confidential privileged submission route and will give us the full story. You’ll complete a new template that will let you submit a detailed description of your invention, plus supporting figures, images and presentations.

  • Why would my idea not get accepted?
  • We reject ideas for a number of reasons. Sometimes not enough information is provided for us to assess the potential of the idea. We need the details to evaluate its feasibility and commercial value.

    We also reject ideas because they are too similar to something that already exists: what’s known as ‘the existence of prior art in the public domain.’ Without this originality, ideas aren’t patentable.

    Finally, we reject ideas that don’t fit with our future vision and strategy. We accept some ‘out of domain submissions’, but far fewer than those which sit within our key areas of interest.

  • How can I improve my chance of getting my submission accepted?
  • One of the main reasons we reject inventions is because they’re too close to something already in the public domain. It’s important to do a thorough internet search before you submit your idea. If you find something similar already exists, we almost certainly will too. The more original and less familiar your idea is, the more chance there is that we’ll approve it for patenting.

  • How will Nokia decide the value of my submission?
  • In our industry products are normally composed of multiple inventions. This makes it very hard to predict the value of an invention when it isn’t patented. And the problem’s compounded because at first we don’t know what claims will be allowed by patent offices when the patent-is granted.

    Sometimes final patent claims aren’t as broad and useful as we hoped for in the beginning. This generally happens despite thorough internal analysis before the patent application is filed. That is why, we’ll give you two standard offers to choose from for every invention submission you make. If we feel that a general submission is interesting and has potential, we’ll promote you to the privileged route. And, at this point, you’ll be able to see these standard offers.