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Challenge Sterilization Counter
Sterilization Counter
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 555
Posted: Apr 22 2009
Challenge ID: 8222838
 
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Abstract
The Seeker is looking for a method for counting the number of times an object has been sterilized. This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.
Overview
The Seeker is looking for a method for counting the number of times an object, for example, a medical device, has been sterilized. Additional Solution Requirements are presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

The Seeker is not looking for just a literature review on the subject. The proposed solutions should provide the Seeker with "freedom to practice," i.e. there should be no patents or patent applications, which would prevent the use of the proposed solution in commercial applications.
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What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?

An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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