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Bonding of Polymeric Materials without Adhesives

STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 174
POSTED: Apr 28 2016
SOURCE: InnoCentive

The Seeker is looking for alternative methods to bond specific polymeric materials together other than adhesives. These polymeric materials can be in many forms including fabrics, rubber, foams and films. The bond must be durable and offer advantages over adhesives like cost and time savings. 

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Challenge ID: 9933860
 
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Challenge Overview

Dissimilar materials are often bonded together using adhesives. These usually increase the number of steps, time and cost of manufacture significantly. The Seeker would like to find alternative bonding methods for their specific polymer material applications. 

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. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 30, 2016. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

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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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