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Challenge Minimizing Surface Damage on a Chocolate Product
Minimizing Surface Damage on a Chocolate Product
Award:  $20,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 1120
Posted: Feb 20 2012
Challenge ID: 9933033
 
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Abstract

Small unwrapped chocolate covered pieces (cubical in shape) become dusty, damaged and scuffed when bulk packaged. A solution is required to prevent and/or heal the damage caused by handling. 

Overview

Small unwrapped chocolate covered pieces (cubical in shape) become dusty, damaged and scuffed when bulk packaged, sent through packaging equipment and while being distributed via normal consumer product channels. A solution is required to prevent and/or heal the damage caused by handling. This solution can be in the form of additive, coating, process changes or other creative ideas. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.  However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensingagreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver. 

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.

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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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