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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on October 20, 1999 at 04:45:50:
In Reply to: follow up to question by sean posted by Byron Hooppaw on October 19, 1999 at 19:15:51:
: I read the response you gave to Sean. How then can a person ever sell an idea to a large company? There must be some way to protect your idea before you present it to the company or are you saying they will just refuse to talk to you? There must be some way to present ideas to companies and it be mutually beneficial to both parties.
It is usually who you know, rather than what you know that gets ideas in. Years ago one of my first encounters was with a a friends suggestion for soft drink promotion. The Company sent me to their ad agency. The agency turned down listening. They said they were hired to come up with ideas they don't want to look out of their organization. I once actually was able to talk to the Chairman of the Board of a large listed Corporation. I guess he talked to me because the idea was suggested by an employee of a very large corporation and the large corporation was interested in the idea. The chairman never said no to me he just gave reasons why he should not listen, like I've got a staff of engineers that are paid to do this type of thing. In many companies anyone below the chairman may have to answer to the legal department before they can listen. It can be done and has been done but it is not easy. There is a large body of case law that goes back almost 100 years of problems arising about accepting disclosures.
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