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FAQ

Below please find answers to some
of the frequently asked questions regarding Medtronic Eureka

What if I am interested in submitting my idea but I am not European-based?

At this stage, the Medtronic Eureka process is focused on sourcing new ideas from Europe. However, if you are based outside Europe*, you can submit your idea through our global Innovate with Medtronic portal.

 

*Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City

I am the inventor, but my Institution's technology transfer office is typically the one dealing with companies. Can I still submit my idea?

 

This will depend on your agreement with your company or institution and on your local law and your idea may belong to that company or institution. You should review your contract with that company or institution and any applicable law  to determine your rights in relation to your idea. We explicitly request you to only submit information on the Medtronic Eureka portal if you are confident that you own the information or if you obtained clearance from your company or institution.

What happens to the confidential submission if the final eventual decision is not to pursue my idea?

If you have signed a confidentiality agreement with Medtronic, Medtronic will keep your idea confidential as per the terms and conditions of the confidentiality agreement. If in the submission process at Medtronic's Eureka Portal you have agreed that Medtronic could assign the confidentiality agreement to a partner and then share your idea with that partner, Medtronic may at its sole discretion assign the confidentiality agreement to that partner and transfer the Submission accordingly. We will inform you about this assignment.

How long will it take for Medtronic to evaluate my submission?

We will review your submission with the appropriate groups and individuals within Medtronic and provide a decision regarding our interest in your invention within three months, or sooner.

What if Medtronic decides not to pursue my idea?

We intend to notify you of the decision on your idea within approximately three months. If you have agreed to allow us to share your submission with a partner (by checking “yes” to the question on the Submit My Idea form that we may share your idea with a partner), we will inform you of our decision, and also let you know that the non-confidential parts of your Medtronic Eureka submission have been shared with the selected partner. It will then be up to representatives from the partner to follow up with you if more information is needed, and to inform you of their interest in your idea.

 

If you select the option that Medtronic may not share your idea with a partner, you will simply be notified of our decision not to explore your idea further and the next steps are up to you. Medtronic agrees to maintain your personal privacy, in accordance with our Privacy Policy regardless of our decision.

Is the Medtronic Eureka portal related to the Eureka Pan-European Network for market-oriented, industrial R&D?

While the name sounds similar, no, the Medtronic Eureka portal has no connection with www.eureka.be.

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