Securing the ideas of tomorrow, today.

IdeaBlock is an idea management platform that protects all of your intangible assets - as they are created.

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Protecting Ideas is a Pain

IT'S SLOW

For instance, in the patent context, the average application takes years to reach allowance.

IT'S EXPENSIVE

Currently, an infringement lawsuit typically costs well over $1,000,000. Yes, you read that right.

IT'S UNPREDICTABLE

It is hard to build a solid business future with laws and rules shifting under your feet.

IdeaBlock Changes The Game

Instant IP defense without the headache.
IMMUTABLE

Every user idea is timestamped and stored securely.
Simple to use. Simply Protected.

INSTANT

Your idea is protected from the moment it is uploaded.

ECONOMICAL

A true value for what is invaluable to you.

How It Works

A quick look at IdeaBlock under the hood.
STEP ONE:

SEND

The process begins with a user uploading one or more files describing an idea.

STEP TWO:

SECURE

When any idea is uploaded, IdeaBlock tethers timestamped proof of your idea to public blockchains.

STEP THREE:

SERVE

IdeaBlock blocks third parties from ever obtaining IP protection over the idea using its proprietary technique for proving public availability.

Use-Cases

Whether you wear a lab coat or pinstripes, IdeaBlock has solutions suited for your business.
Enterprise Tech

Instantly identify, review, and secure all of your intangible assets while helping your bottom line.

Startups

On a budget? Protect your golden nugget now to avoid paying dearly down the road.

Creatives

Secure your music, videos, or manuscripts with the click of a button.

Benefits

Some of the ways IdeaBlock works for you.
Bulletproof Your Trade Secrets.

Simply upload the files describing any trade secrets. IdeaBlock takes care of the rest.

Troll Problem? Solved.

Our blockchain-driven infrastructure proves you were first, empowering you to put an end to those costly troll ransoms.

Shred Your Legal Spend.

Tired of out-of-control legal costs? We're here to help.

Protect Everything.

Businesses use IdeaBlock to capture the full value of all their ideas, including those typically left on the cutting room floor.

Git for Ideas.

Seamlessly integrate our version management tool, IdeaBlock Commit, to ensure each update to your code is timestamped and protected. Instantly.

For Businesses of All Sizes

Come one, come all.
Solo Inventors

Let us help you to build a shield around your game-changing idea so you can concentrate on building that killer prototype.

Start-Ups

Don't burn your funding along with the midnight oil. IdeaBlock can help your startup shrink your legal to-do list as you scale.

Enterprise

We help established businesses drive portfolio growth, de-risk unpredictable IP agency and judicial processes, and limit legal exposure in their marketplace.

Questions and Answers

Let's kick the tires.

Traditionally, protecting an idea has involved securing one of the traditional forms of government-protected IP–patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. The processes for obtaining these types of IP, however, were created in a world that looked much different than the one inventors and businesses currently inhabit–where technology meant pistons and smoke, not qubits and clouds. With the speed of innovation vastly outpacing the ability of this old IP system to keep up, innovators often find themselves in limbo, unsure as to whether their most valuable assets are truly protected or if their investments are just one cease-and-desist letter or court ruling away from vanishing into thin air. IdeaBlock provides a new form of security for your ideas: proof that you possessed an idea and a verifiable record of when it was available to the public. Verifiable prior art insurance for the 21st century.

A blockchain is a distributed ledger agreed upon by the participant nodes that make up a decentralized computer network. Every node on this network has a copy of the transaction ledger, which leverages strong cryptographic hashes to prove the validity of the data associated with each transaction on the ledger. In addition to storing data associated with transactions on the ledger, blockchains can be used to store any information at all, including cryptographic hashes that mathematically prove the existence or presence of some data or event. The numbers underpinning cryptographic hashes–including SHA3-256, which is the hash algorithm utilized by IdeaBlock–are so big and the chances of the same hash representing two separate files are so small that the authenticity of idea data and its upload timestamp (and any updates) can be mathematically proven. This math underlying cryptography, as well as the ultimately limited processing power in the known universe, ensures that these blockchains cannot be forged or altered by bad actors, rendering the truth of any data that is validated on the blockchain unassailable and mathematically provable.

Although IdeaBlock relies on the blockchain infrastructure underlying the most well-known cryptocurrencies, the price or price volatility of any of these cryptocurrencies has no effect on the robust idea protection IdeaBlock provides. The decentralized networks that drive Bitcoin and Litecoin will maintain those blockchains long after our lifetimes–which means your Idea protection will outlive us, as well.

The holder of a valid U.S. patent can enforce their patent offensively by suing others that infringe their patent claims. Although an IdeaBlock idea cannot be used to initiate an infringement suit, anyone can utilize an IdeaBlock idea to nullify any later-filed U.S. patent that is asserted against them or any third party.

Yes, in 2012 and 2013 the United States adopted patent filing rules that gave legal priority to the earliest application filed on any new idea. The "race to the patent office," however, has no bearing on the form of IP protection IdeaBlock provides. Unlike the offensive right given to patent-holders to patrol any relevant market for patent infringers, IdeaBlock provides defensive tools to its users–namely, a way to ensure that, even if the user does not seek to obtain traditional forms of IP to protect an idea, no other individual or entity will be able to obtain a patent that could be used in the future to block the user from developing the idea and eventually taking the idea to market. This is because no one can obtain or legally enforce a wrongly issued patent when (1) the idea was conceived of by another inventor before the corresponding patent application was filed and (2) the idea was made available to the public prior to the filing of that application. Until now, no similar means for inventors and businesses to instantly create unassailable prior art has existed. So, to the best of our knowledge, not only does IdeaBlock offer the first-ever service for undeniably establishing prior art, it does so instantly–.

We know–it seems counterintuitive at first, doesn't it? But consider this: the only form of IP that does NOT require full disclosure of the underlying idea as a prerequisite for protection is a trade secret (we can help you with protecting those too, just ask!). In other words, full public disclosure of the underlying idea will be compulsory for any inventor who wishes to obtain most traditional forms of IP protection. And not only is full disclosure ultimately obligatory, under the first-to-file system, those who delay verifiable public disclosure, through IdeaBlock or otherwise, risk another individual or entity filing for IP protection first–which would foreclose any chance for the earlier inventor to obtain IP protection for their idea. If it helps to ease any remaining uneasiness, know that IdeaBlock does not publish or otherwise disclose the identity of the user or business entity that uploaded the idea by default. Feel free to reach out via our official channels or to send us a message (see below)–we would love to discuss the true benefits associated with public disclosure with you in more detail!

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