FAQ

Basics of the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement

No.  Normal Non-Disclosure Agreements have their purpose, but fail in one important feature:

There is no IP transfer element.

Take an example of an entrepreneur who has a supplier sign an NDA.  The entrepreneur got a patent before he went to the supplier, so he was doubly protected.  However, as the supplier started working on the project, the supplier’s engineer came up with a couple suggestions that improved the manufacturing.  When the entrepreneur went to get a patent on the improvement, he was stuck.  The inventor on the improvement was the supplier’s engineer.  Legally, the supplier’s work product might be considered a “work for hire,” but because of the lack of an IP transfer agreement, the ownership of the improvement might still lie with the supplier.

The inventor didn’t own the improvement that the supplier suggested.

The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement would have prevented this situation from occurring.  And, no, a normal NDA is not good enough.

Yes.  Typically, the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement is used for informal mentorship or advising, and it was designed with that in mind.

As a community, we want people to seek help wherever they can find it, and we want to encourage that dialog wherever we can.

If you are an entrepreneur who has already signed the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement, you can send a potential advisor or mentor to http://ethicalcollaboration.13.84.174.210.xip.io/ethical-collaboration-community-agreement/ and they can quickly sign up.

As you and your advisor develop a strong relationship, you may want to formalize that relationship with a more appropriate agreement.  For example, advisors or mentors may commit to being available for a certain number of hours in exchange for stock in a company or as part of an advisory board.  As your relationship becomes more indepth and involved, you may consider an additional agreement.

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Details of the Agreement

No.  Normal Non-Disclosure Agreements have their purpose, but fail in one important feature:

There is no IP transfer element.

Take an example of an entrepreneur who has a supplier sign an NDA.  The entrepreneur got a patent before he went to the supplier, so he was doubly protected.  However, as the supplier started working on the project, the supplier’s engineer came up with a couple suggestions that improved the manufacturing.  When the entrepreneur went to get a patent on the improvement, he was stuck.  The inventor on the improvement was the supplier’s engineer.  Legally, the supplier’s work product might be considered a “work for hire,” but because of the lack of an IP transfer agreement, the ownership of the improvement might still lie with the supplier.

The inventor didn’t own the improvement that the supplier suggested.

The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement would have prevented this situation from occurring.  And, no, a normal NDA is not good enough.

Yes.  Typically, the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement is used for informal mentorship or advising, and it was designed with that in mind.

As a community, we want people to seek help wherever they can find it, and we want to encourage that dialog wherever we can.

If you are an entrepreneur who has already signed the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement, you can send a potential advisor or mentor to http://ethicalcollaboration.13.84.174.210.xip.io/ethical-collaboration-community-agreement/ and they can quickly sign up.

As you and your advisor develop a strong relationship, you may want to formalize that relationship with a more appropriate agreement.  For example, advisors or mentors may commit to being available for a certain number of hours in exchange for stock in a company or as part of an advisory board.  As your relationship becomes more indepth and involved, you may consider an additional agreement.

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FAQ For Inventors and Entrepreneurs

No.  Normal Non-Disclosure Agreements have their purpose, but fail in one important feature:

There is no IP transfer element.

Take an example of an entrepreneur who has a supplier sign an NDA.  The entrepreneur got a patent before he went to the supplier, so he was doubly protected.  However, as the supplier started working on the project, the supplier’s engineer came up with a couple suggestions that improved the manufacturing.  When the entrepreneur went to get a patent on the improvement, he was stuck.  The inventor on the improvement was the supplier’s engineer.  Legally, the supplier’s work product might be considered a “work for hire,” but because of the lack of an IP transfer agreement, the ownership of the improvement might still lie with the supplier.

The inventor didn’t own the improvement that the supplier suggested.

The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement would have prevented this situation from occurring.  And, no, a normal NDA is not good enough.

Yes.  Typically, the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement is used for informal mentorship or advising, and it was designed with that in mind.

As a community, we want people to seek help wherever they can find it, and we want to encourage that dialog wherever we can.

If you are an entrepreneur who has already signed the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement, you can send a potential advisor or mentor to http://ethicalcollaboration.13.84.174.210.xip.io/ethical-collaboration-community-agreement/ and they can quickly sign up.

As you and your advisor develop a strong relationship, you may want to formalize that relationship with a more appropriate agreement.  For example, advisors or mentors may commit to being available for a certain number of hours in exchange for stock in a company or as part of an advisory board.  As your relationship becomes more indepth and involved, you may consider an additional agreement.

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FAQ For Advisors and Mentors

No.  Normal Non-Disclosure Agreements have their purpose, but fail in one important feature:

There is no IP transfer element.

Take an example of an entrepreneur who has a supplier sign an NDA.  The entrepreneur got a patent before he went to the supplier, so he was doubly protected.  However, as the supplier started working on the project, the supplier’s engineer came up with a couple suggestions that improved the manufacturing.  When the entrepreneur went to get a patent on the improvement, he was stuck.  The inventor on the improvement was the supplier’s engineer.  Legally, the supplier’s work product might be considered a “work for hire,” but because of the lack of an IP transfer agreement, the ownership of the improvement might still lie with the supplier.

The inventor didn’t own the improvement that the supplier suggested.

The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement would have prevented this situation from occurring.  And, no, a normal NDA is not good enough.

Yes.  Typically, the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement is used for informal mentorship or advising, and it was designed with that in mind.

As a community, we want people to seek help wherever they can find it, and we want to encourage that dialog wherever we can.

If you are an entrepreneur who has already signed the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement, you can send a potential advisor or mentor to http://ethicalcollaboration.13.84.174.210.xip.io/ethical-collaboration-community-agreement/ and they can quickly sign up.

As you and your advisor develop a strong relationship, you may want to formalize that relationship with a more appropriate agreement.  For example, advisors or mentors may commit to being available for a certain number of hours in exchange for stock in a company or as part of an advisory board.  As your relationship becomes more indepth and involved, you may consider an additional agreement.

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FAQ For Service Providers

No.  Normal Non-Disclosure Agreements have their purpose, but fail in one important feature:

There is no IP transfer element.

Take an example of an entrepreneur who has a supplier sign an NDA.  The entrepreneur got a patent before he went to the supplier, so he was doubly protected.  However, as the supplier started working on the project, the supplier’s engineer came up with a couple suggestions that improved the manufacturing.  When the entrepreneur went to get a patent on the improvement, he was stuck.  The inventor on the improvement was the supplier’s engineer.  Legally, the supplier’s work product might be considered a “work for hire,” but because of the lack of an IP transfer agreement, the ownership of the improvement might still lie with the supplier.

The inventor didn’t own the improvement that the supplier suggested.

The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement would have prevented this situation from occurring.  And, no, a normal NDA is not good enough.

Yes.  Typically, the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement is used for informal mentorship or advising, and it was designed with that in mind.

As a community, we want people to seek help wherever they can find it, and we want to encourage that dialog wherever we can.

If you are an entrepreneur who has already signed the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement, you can send a potential advisor or mentor to http://ethicalcollaboration.13.84.174.210.xip.io/ethical-collaboration-community-agreement/ and they can quickly sign up.

As you and your advisor develop a strong relationship, you may want to formalize that relationship with a more appropriate agreement.  For example, advisors or mentors may commit to being available for a certain number of hours in exchange for stock in a company or as part of an advisory board.  As your relationship becomes more indepth and involved, you may consider an additional agreement.

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FAQ For Group Leaders

No.  Normal Non-Disclosure Agreements have their purpose, but fail in one important feature:

There is no IP transfer element.

Take an example of an entrepreneur who has a supplier sign an NDA.  The entrepreneur got a patent before he went to the supplier, so he was doubly protected.  However, as the supplier started working on the project, the supplier’s engineer came up with a couple suggestions that improved the manufacturing.  When the entrepreneur went to get a patent on the improvement, he was stuck.  The inventor on the improvement was the supplier’s engineer.  Legally, the supplier’s work product might be considered a “work for hire,” but because of the lack of an IP transfer agreement, the ownership of the improvement might still lie with the supplier.

The inventor didn’t own the improvement that the supplier suggested.

The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement would have prevented this situation from occurring.  And, no, a normal NDA is not good enough.

Yes.  Typically, the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement is used for informal mentorship or advising, and it was designed with that in mind.

As a community, we want people to seek help wherever they can find it, and we want to encourage that dialog wherever we can.

If you are an entrepreneur who has already signed the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement, you can send a potential advisor or mentor to http://ethicalcollaboration.13.84.174.210.xip.io/ethical-collaboration-community-agreement/ and they can quickly sign up.

As you and your advisor develop a strong relationship, you may want to formalize that relationship with a more appropriate agreement.  For example, advisors or mentors may commit to being available for a certain number of hours in exchange for stock in a company or as part of an advisory board.  As your relationship becomes more indepth and involved, you may consider an additional agreement.

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