How to sell your ideas to Apple without being cheated...?

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    macrumors newbie

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    I've an idea for a software product, that Apple might really appreciate and want to introduce. Is there any formal way to inform them of such idea? I don't like the legal notice I found on their site ( http://www.apple.com/legal/policies/ideas.html ), saying:

    "You agree that: (1) your submissions and their contents will automatically become the property of Apple, without any compensation to you; (2) Apple may use or redistribute the submissions and their contents for any purpose and in any way;"

    Anybody ever made contact with Apple in such case?
    Or maybe I should simply try my luck and send the idea directly to Tim? (maybe he could at least hire me...:p)
     
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    Save yourself the trouble. They won't buy your idea.
     
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    Unless you're working for Apple's R&D they'll just ignore you.

    Why not develop it on your own?
     
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    It makes sense that Apple would have a legal notice like that. No doubt they get unsolicited product ideas sent to them all the time. Chances are, some of them present ideas Apple is already working on.

    As to how to try and sell your idea to a company like Apple, and protect yourself, without being able to demonstrate a working product… I'd say it's not easy.
     
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    It might simply be too expensive for me to develop. :p
    Plus, this software would need to be integrated with the system and influence many departments at Apple... :D
     
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    Yeah. I'd like to know so I can cheat you.
     
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    I don't know how you would "sell" your idea anyways. Nobody in their right mind would pay you before hearing it, and since ideas cannot be patented you would have zero proof that it was actually yours if you told them and they decided not to pay you.
     
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    Develop it. Make sure it's good. Get your legal ducks in a row. Court Apple.
     
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    No one in any industry "buys" ideas. There are too many people with awesome ideas already working in those companies.

    I had many friends in college think they would "make money by selling their ideas to game companies". Obviously that never worked out for them.
     
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    Give up the idea with selling it, either develop it yourself or don't do it at all.
     
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    Idea's are worthless. It's the execution that is valuable. You need to either develop it yourself, hire someone to develop it for you or move along.
     
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    The advice here is all sound, however you have one other option.

    If its truly revolutionary, patent it first. This protects your idea and allows you to make money from it.
     
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    Sorry, but the only way is to develop it yourself... :( But hey, if its really good, you'll be glad you did ;)
     
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    Do it yourself and if it's as good as you say, Apple or Google or someone else will buy your company and you'll make millions ;)
     
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    This is not an option, because you cannot patent ideas.
     
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    thewitt

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    Sure you can. It's done every day.
     
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    Not in the United States.

    http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/patents.jsp#heading-3

     

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