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BELKIN welcomes your interest in our company and will receive your submission of a new product idea only pursuant to your understanding and acknowledgment of the following. Please note that BELKIN does not accept unsolicited marketing and advertising ideas, so do not submit them to us unless you are providing them for BELKIN to use freely and without any obligation to you.
  1. Please provide us with a document describing your product idea. For multiple documents, please include them in one zip file.
    1. If you have a patent or have a pending patent application relating to your product idea, please upload a copy of the patent or patent application. Please be advised that BELKIN will not hold your product idea or the contents of your patent application in confidence. Do not upload your patent application if you wish it to be held by BELKIN in confidence. Please consult your own patent attorney regarding the non-confidential nature of this product idea submission so that you do not lose any patent rights by making this submission.
    2. If you have not filed for a patent, please upload a written description of your product idea along with any sketches, drawings, or photographs that would help us understand and evaluate your product idea. All of the material should be signed, dated, and witnessed. Please submit enough detail about your product idea so that BELKIN can evaluate your submission. In your submission, please identify the specific "Product" listed in the left-hand column of this page (e.g., Networking, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Laptop + Netbook, Tablet, etc.) under which your product idea should be sold. If you do not submit enough details about your product idea, BELKIN will not be able to evaluate it. Please be advised that BELKIN will not hold your product idea in confidence. Do not upload your product idea if you wish it to be held by BELKIN in confidence. Please consult your own patent attorney regarding the non-confidential nature of this product idea submission so that you do not lose any patent rights by making this submission.
  2. Please keep an identical copy of the material you send to us.
  3. BELKIN will not return this product idea submission document and any attached documents to you. Do not send mock-ups, prototypes or samples of your product idea.
Because our in-house staff is always working on new products and improvements of existing products, we take precautions in accepting new product idea submissions. Please understand that a product idea that is new to you may have already been submitted to us by another person or conceived in-house. Further, BELKIN recommends that you take all steps necessary to protect your product idea and to safeguard your interests, such as consulting an attorney and filing a patent application. Therefore, to avoid possible confusion or misunderstandings, BELKIN will receive your submission only upon your acknowledgment of the following:
  1. During BELKIN's evaluation of your product idea, you agree not to disclose BELKIN's potential interest in your product idea or otherwise use the BELKIN name in connection with your product idea.
  2. By evaluating your product idea, BELKIN does not receive any patent or other rights to your product idea.
  3. You realize that your product idea may be within the public domain, that BELKIN may have earlier worked on or may already be working on the same or a similar product idea, and that BELKIN may have received the same or similar product ideas from others.
  4. Your making this product idea submission shall in no way impair or limit BELKIN's right to contest the ownership, validity, or protectability of the product idea disclosed in your submission.
  5. BELKIN will not hold your idea in confidence. No confidential relationship is established by your making this submission. BELKIN may provide this submission to BELKIN employees and third parties to evaluate the submission.
  6. By receiving your product idea submission, BELKIN is not agreeing to compensate you in any way.
  7. If BELKIN is interested in your product idea, you hereby agree to negotiate with BELKIN for rights to the product idea submitted herein.
  8. You agree that if any action is brought to resolve a dispute between BELKIN and you, exclusive venue for such action shall be in the courts of the State of California located in Los Angeles County, and the law governing the resolution of such dispute shall be that of the State of California. You are at least 18 years old, or if you under 18 years old, you are having your parent or guardian submitting the product idea on your behalf and will indicate this fact in the "Please tell us a little about yourself" field at bottom of the next page.
  9. You understand that by making this product idea submission, BELKIN assumes no obligation to evaluate the submission or to do more than to indicate whether BELKIN is interested pursuing discussions with you.
  10. Despite receiving your product idea submission, BELKIN is still permitted to independently develop its own product(s) (or to have a third party independently develop product(s) for BELKIN) that compete with your product idea submission, even if BELKIN decides not to use your product idea submission.
  11. By submitting the product idea to BELKIN, you agree that you created the product idea and that you did not steal this product idea from someone or somewhere else.
  12. If Belkin is interested in your product idea, Belkin will contact you. Otherwise, you will not hear back from Belkin about your product idea.
I have read and fully understand the above, and I acknowledge that (i) I understand and agree to the above in consideration of Belkin's receipt of the attached description of my product idea, and (ii) in my product idea submission, I will not change any of the terms and conditions stated above, and any attempt by me to make such a change will not be effective.