Tactile labels are used in the consumer goods industry and many others in order to achieve various branding benefits and enhance the way how consumers relate to and connect with products. However, achieving high-quality and reproducible tactile labels remains a challenge to the industry.
The Seeker for this Challenge is looking for technologies that can consistently provide high-quality tactile paper labels under demanding industrial conditions.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Tactile labels have found widespread use in many industries as they can bring numerous benefits: an enhancement of how consumers relate to and connect with the product; the ability to make a product or brand to stand out amongst the crowd; an increased brand recognition; decoration; and the ability to display product information (e.g. safety warnings). They also provide a visual effect that adds to the list of benefits.
The Seeker for this Challenge is looking for new technologies to make tactile paper labels with high-quality and under demanding industrial conditions.
As this is technology with application across many industries, the solution for better tactility and improved paper embossing/debossing might come from anywhere. Hence, this Challenge is an open invitation for Solvers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and industry applications, to submit.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 8, 2015. Late submissions may not be considered.
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.
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 licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.
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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.