The Future of IP.

Powered by Blockchain.

Leveraging the same decentralized ledgers that power Bitcoin and Litecoin, IdeaBlock instantly protects your ideas and works of authorship against future legal challenges. Forever.

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The Current IP System 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

New laws, fluctuating precedent, varying interpretations, shifting agency guidelines: It is hard to give your business a solid foundation with the Earth shifting under your feet.

IdeaBlock Changes The Game

Instant IP protection without the headache.
ECONOMICAL

IdeaBlock provides the power of protection against those who could try to block you from your market–for free on a user's first three uploads and with affordable further subscription options to accommodate more prolific inventors. A true value for what is invaluable to you.

IMMUTABLE

Every idea uploaded to the IdeaBase is written to four perpetually unchangeable blockchains. Simple to use. Simply Protected.

INSTANT

Your idea becomes irrefutable prior art from the moment it is uploaded–as do any updates you may think of later. By providing full control of the contents and timing of your protection, IdeaBlock is the kind of tool you have been waiting for.

How It Works

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

SEND

The process begins with a user sending an Idea (or an update to a previous user Idea), which can include a user uploading one or more files from his or her phone, tablet, or computer, including from popular cloud-based file storage systems like DropBox and Google Drive, among others). The user can also enter additional Idea information by hand and can even select information that should remain hidden from the public-at-large, including the identity of the user.

STEP TWO:

SECURE

When any Idea is uploaded, IdeaBlock creates a unique cryptographic hash that is tied to the contents of the Idea, tethers the idea-specific hash to five independent blockchains, and creates a validation certificate that can be used to undeniably prove the contents of the Idea and a timestamp indicating the moment it was uploaded.

STEP THREE:

SERVE

As soon as a the hash of an uploaded Idea is tethered to one or more blockchains, it is added to the IdeaBase, our public-facing Idea database. IdeaBlock uses a proprietary method for proving constant public Idea availability, which ensures that any Idea becomes unassailable prior art against later-filed IP from the instant it is uploaded, providing immediate insurance against potential lawsuits and market exclusion in the future.

Use-Cases

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

Instantly reduce overhead by uploading internally created IP to IdeaBlock, allowing greater selectivity when determining which to dedicate the capital required to obtain traditional IP rights while enjoying the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing threatened or actual litigation in the future will not render current investments worthless. IdeaBlock is insurance for your most valuable assets–a more economical quasi-IP right that instantly establishes a robust baseline level of protection for all of your ideas by blocking competitors with later-obtained IP from excluding you from your market.

Early-Stage Ventures

Inventors who cannot afford the cost of obtaining traditional IP rights for an invention can obtain a robust substitute to minimize legal exposure down the road. And not only is IdeaBlock cheaper than the traditional IP protection options at your disposal, it is instant and can therefore serve as an alternative to long (read: expensive) idea disclosure meetings with attorneys, and other aspects of traditional in-house IP processes that have the tendency to chop up your workday.

IP Professionals

Attorneys and IP search firms can leverage the vast trove of prior art data on the IdeaBlock database to perform due diligence and advise clients more accurately regarding the state of the art.

Investment Banking

The IdeaBase, the IdeaBlock database of Ideas, consists of immutable data provided organically by users who are incentivized to upload their ideas at the earliest opportunity. As such, the database is both trusted and real-time, offering a unique opportunity for deep insight into the future of markets.

Benefits

Some of the ways IdeaBlock works for you.
Bulletproof IP Protection.

Simply upload a description of any idea. IdeaBlock’s immutable distributed ledger and public-facing database work in tandem to timestamp and instantly safeguard your assets in the event of any future ownership disputes with third parties.

Troll Problem? Solved.

Our blockchain-driven infrastructure makes it mathematically impossible for an owner of later-filed IP to claim they were first. Let us help you 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.

Every big idea is made up of smaller ideas. Unfortunately, many of these smaller ideas go unprotected due to legal budget caps, time constraints, and limited team member bandwidth. We empower businesses to capture the business value in all of their ideas, including those that hold licensing or defensive market value but for one reason or another end up on the cutting room floor.

Git for Ideas.

Use our git-like CLI tool to update an existing idea as often as you would like. Like with any other idea uploaded to IdeaBlock, each update 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!

Roadmap

A look at where we're going and where we've been.

Team

Our family of experienced developers and entrepreneurs—Working together for you.
Eli Sheets

Founder and CEO

Rob DiDomenico

Chief Marketing Officer

Evan Sheets

Outside General Counsel

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