For anyone who comes up with new ideas regularly, storing them in a BOIP i-DEPOT is a good option. An idea as such cannot be protected. However, it may well be possible to protect a tangible expression of the idea, i.e. an actual product, process or service, by securing design, patent or trademark rights, for instance.
There are times, however, when it is useful to be able to demonstrate that an idea already existed at a given point in time, for instance if a dispute arises and you want to prove that your idea takes precedence.
It can therefore be sensible to log each relevant idea, in order to be able to prove later that you created, devised or designed it. An i-DEPOT serves as proof and can be used for various purposes and with respect to various intellectual property rights.
What do I have?
i-DEPOT provides you with dated, legal proof
- Europe-wide validity
The validity of the i-DEPOT evidence is recognised throughout the EU.
- Useful in the event of a dispute
If someone claims that they thought up your creation, your i-DEPOT can help you prove the contrary.
You can secure an i-DEPOT for five years for 36 euro. Extension is easy and cheap.
An i-DEPOT is legal proof bearing a date stamp. It is proof that your creation existed on a certain date. An i-DEPOT does not confer (intellectual) property rights and therefore, like a notarial deed, provides no protection. When you are developing a new idea or creation, an i-DEPOT can be the first step on the path to protection.
Log your idea in four steps
You can submit your i-DEPOT directly online. It is fast, easy and inexpensive to do.