A good idea. It is the beginning of everything, and yet so fragile and fleeting. How many ideas do not pass through our practice every day: for mobile applications, technical inventions, businesses with a creative purpose, and once in a while for world peace. But how do you protect that genius inspiration? Let’s go straight to the door: an idea cannot be protected. The law requires you to be able to present a concrete form or ‘externalization’ of your idea. Think of a logo for your company, a concrete and original form of your copyright creation, a prototype or diagrams of your invention, and so on. However, the basis of everything is the simple but legally very fragile idea.
That is why the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property has created the so-called i-DEPOT. With an i-DEPOT you can have your idea recorded, pending the concrete elaboration of your concept, creation or prototype. The i-DEPOT provides you with an official piece of evidence, as it were, provided by a reliable body that guarantees its authenticity. Although the i-DEPOT does not protect your idea, it does offer a powerful means of proof that you have conceived or designed something.