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Below please find answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding Medtronic Eureka. If you have additional questions, feel free to ask us via the Contact Us page.
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
...TYPICALLY THE ONE DEALING WITH COMPANIES. CAN I STILL SUBMIT MY IDEA?
This will depend on your status with respect to your company or institution, as your ideas may in fact belong to that company or institution. You should review your contract with that company or institution or any applicable regulation (in the case of an institution) to determine the status of your inventions. You should only submit information on the Medtronic Eureka portal if you are confident that you have the ownership of your ideas or if you obtained clearance from your company or institution.
...DECISION IS NOT TO PURSUE MY IDEA?
If you have signed a confidentiality agreement with Medtronic, we will keep your idea confidential as per the legal agreement terms and conditions. If you previously agreed that Medtronic could share your idea with a partner, we would at that point share only the non-confidential submission with the selected partner, not the confidentially disclosed information. We will also inform you of our decision within approximately three months.
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.
We will 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.
...NETWORK FOR MARKET-ORIENTED, INDUSTRIAL R&D?
While the names sound similar, no, the Medtronic Eureka portal has no connection with www.eureka.be.