Submit an i-DEPOT
Direct online submission
You can submit your i-DEPOT directly online. This is a fast and convenient method. The i-DEPOT is affordable and, even more important, completely safe. In a number of steps you will be asked to fill in some details and add a description and/or reproduction of your concept or idea. Note that the file (or set of files) you submit should not be larger than 100 MB.
Once the payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation by email and you can download your i-DEPOT certificate from your secure i-DEPOT environment. Your i-DEPOT certificate* is a digital file with a unique number. It consists of a PFD document in your name (i.e., in the name of the party who submitted the application). Every change will automatically render the i-DEPOT certificate invalid. The legal certificate is officially recognised by the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (BCIP), Article 4.4(bis) and complies with the European guideline on electronic signatures. Therefore it is accepted by judges in Europe.
Order an i-DEPOT envelope
If you prefer not to submit your concept or idea digitally or if you cannot or do not want to pay electronically, then use the i-DEPOT envelope. The i-DEPOT envelope will be sent to you once we have received your completed form and your payment.
The i-DEPOT envelope contains two compartments. In each compartment, place an identical document that describes or depicts your creation as clearly as possible. Then return both compartments to the BOIP . At the BOIP your i-DEPOT envelope will be dated upon receipt. One compartment will be returned to you, and the other will be stored in our archive. You then have the once-only right to ask us to produce this second compartment by way of evidence, for example in the case of a conflict.
We design and produce parts for bicycle manufacturers. We started out with only luggage carriers and mudguards, but have since expanded into dress guards, chain guards and other parts. We’re constantly and proactively pursuing new ideas and showing them to customers. At that stage an idea is not ready for patenting yet, but there’s the chance that it will ‘sprout wings’: that other people will get wind of it. An i-DEPOT enables us to point to a creation date, thereby avoiding any potential conflict. It can happen that we submit an i-DEPOT on the eve of a presentation – like just last week, for two bicycle designs.
Dirk Vens, Curana