Apple Computer Inc. Invention Submission Policy
We looked at a lot of Confidentiality Agreements and Invention Submission Agreements over the years. The general attitude of most big companies is that your only protection is an issued patent, that anything else you tell them is fair game. In this case, as in so many others, Apple is a leader... a leader in offering the worst invention submission agreement we have ever seen. If you ever considered submitting an unsolicited idea to Apple, even an invention idea protected by an issued patent, think again. Read the policy below. It is hard to believe (the text below can be found at Apple's website here: http://www.apple.com/legal/policies/ideas.html).
While Apple is closed to unsolicited invention submissions, Invention City is open to them. If you have an idea for an app or accessory that works with an Apple device, please feel free to submit it to us for a Brutally Honest Review and possible offer of a licensing deal.
Apple's Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy
Apple and its employees do not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new advertising campaigns, new promotions, new or improved products or technologies, product enhancements, processes, materials, marketing plans or new product names. Please do not send any original creative artwork, suggestions or other works. The sole purpose of this policy is to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes when Apple's products or marketing strategies might seem similar to ideas submitted to Apple. So, please do not send your unsolicited ideas to Apple or anyone at Apple. If, despite our request that you not send us your ideas, you still send them, then regardless of what your letter says, the following terms shall apply to your idea submission.
TERMS OF IDEA SUBMISSION
You agree that: (1) your ideas will automatically become the property of Apple, without compensation to you, and (2) Apple can use the ideas for any purpose and in any way, even give them to others.
Apple does, however, welcome your feedback regarding many areas of Apple's existing business. If you want to send us your feedback, and we hope you do, we simply request that you send it to us using the form found at http://www.apple.com/contact, or you can choose from the many other listed areas for your feedback. Please provide only specific feedback on Apple's existing products or marketing strategies; do not include any ideas that Apple's policy will not permit it to accept or consider. It's just one more way that Apple can learn how to best satisfy your needs.
Feedback and Information
Any feedback you provide at this site shall be deemed to be non-confidential. Apple shall be free to use such information on an unrestricted basis.
Note that the key word in the Agreement above is "unsolicited". If You have a truly great idea that is perfect for Apple and you want to be compensated for it, you should find a way to get in touch with someone who works there and have them invite you to present the idea. That would make the terms of your submission different from those detailed above.
NOTICE: Please be reminded that this information is being presented by Invention City, Inc. and that Invention City is NOT Apple Computer and the website inventioncity.com has no affiliation with Apple of any kind.
We do not encourage anyone to send us emails or comments intended for Apple. But if you do, we may post them with your permission.
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As a faithful Apple customer since the early ‘80s, I became accustomed to and tolerant of the changes in Apple products...until now. The last Apple product I purchased was an iPad w/keyboard. After my MacBook Pro finally died last year, I hoped I would be able to do my work as a writer on the less expensive iPad. Unfortunately, I have found it to be wholly unsatisfactory for an author’s use. Worse, the lack of USB ports has made it difficult for me to transfer the many book manuscripts I have saved on memory sticks to my iPad. The same would be true had I bought a laptop, instead. You should have kept that useful feature on your products, in my opinion. How much thinner do you have to make your computers, anyway? They are already so lightweight that a strong gust of wind could blow them away.
I recently read that Millennials are now enthusiastically using and even collecting fountain pens, and they are discovering the joy of pen upon paper. And thankfully, cursive writing is once more being taught in our schools, so future generations will be able to read the Declaration of Independence. Things appear to have come full circle in writing, so as a writer of a certain age I say to Apple: Why not take a step back in time and reintroduce the more substantial laptop computer of yesteryear and bring back our beloved UBS ports?
Sue Owens Wright
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