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Intellectual Property Guidelines

This page explains how intellectual property laws are applied on Hypios CI and how Solvers are protected while solving problems here. The first part provides descriptions of the different intellectual property terms and statuses that apply to Hypios CI. The second part explains how they apply to Hypios CI, followed by an FAQ. This text assumes a basic understanding of how Hypios CI works. 
For a more general introduction to Hypios CI, please click here.


Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property rights are exclusive over creations of the mind. IP rights protect the interests of creators by giving them property rights over their creations. IP is usually divided into two branches: copyright, which protects literary and artistic works; and industrial property, which protects inventions.



Copyright laws cover creations of the mind and artistic creations, and may only be claimed by the creator or on his or her behalf. Copyrights grant exclusive rights to control the reproduction, practice and adaptation of such works for a given period of time.


Licensing rights

The copyright owner may authorize a third party to practice the creation for a specific period of time and purpose. Licenses may be exclusive, where the copyright owner agrees not to authorize any other party to carry out the licensed acts; or non-exclusive, which means that the copyright owners may authorize others to carry out the same acts.


Industrial Property

Industrial property takes many forms: industrial designs, trademarks, and patents for inventions.


Industrial Design

An industrial design consists of the creation of a shape, configuration or composition of pattern or color, or combination of pattern and color in two- or three-dimensional form which has aesthetic value.



A trademark is a sign (™, ®) used to distinguish a certain symbol, image, logo, phrase, service or combination of these elements from other similar ones and to inform consumers that the products bearing those signs originate from a single source.



Patents are granted for solutions to existing problems that can be considered inventions. Patents give the inventor the right to prevent others from using or practicing the invention without a license from the inventor for a certain period
of time. In order to count as an invention (and thus be eligible for a patent), the solution must exhibit four qualities:


  • Utility: The invention must be capable of some kind of industrial application.

  • Novelty: It must show some new characteristic unknown in its technical field.
  • Non-obviousness: It must show an inventive step that could not have been deduced by a person with average knowledge of the technical field.

  • Patentable subject matter: The invention must be eligible for a patent as defined by national law. This varies from one country to another. An invention is distinguished from a discovery by human intervention. For example, the discovery of a new mineral would not be an invention. Developing a process to refine the mineral would be an invention. An invention does not already have to have been fabricated to be eligible for a patent; it is idea of the invention itself that is protected by law.


How Intellectual Property Rights Apply on Hypios CI ?

 Two things can happen to a solution submitted to Hypios CI, and each has a different status. In all cases: as soon as any solution is submitted to Hypios CI, its IP rights are also transferred to Hypios CI.


The Winning Solution

When a Seeker chooses the winning solution, Hypios CI gives the Seeker exclusive rights to the solution. The Solver forfeits all rights to practice or resell this solution.


Other Solutions

Not all solutions submitted for a problem on Hypios CI will be chosen by the Seeker, but that doesn't mean they go to waste. Every solution submitted to Hypios CI that is not purchased or licensed by the Seeker will be stored in HyStore®. The next time a Seeker has a problem for which a solution in the database could be used, we will offer to give the Seeker controlled access to the appropriate solutions in the database. If the Seeker finds a solution in the database and purchases its exclusive or licensing rights, we pay the Solver accordingly. A solution's presence in the database does not prevent its author from selling the solution's exclusive or licensing rights to someone else outside of Hypios CI. In this case, the Solver is not required to share any of the profits with Hypios CI.




Hypios CI provides data, and intellectual property security such as the protection of your personal data and respect for the confidentiality of your correspondence and communications.

  • Your personal data should only be processed when laid down by law or when you have consented to it. You should be informed of what personal data are processed and/or transferred to third parties, when, by whom and for what purpose. Generally, you should be able to exercise control over your personal data (check its accuracy, request a correction, a deletion or that personal data is kept for no longer than necessary).
  • You must not be subjected to general surveillance or interception measures. In exceptional circumstances, which are prescribed by law, your privacy with regard to your personal data may be interfered with, such as for a criminal investigation. Accessible, clear and precise information about the relevant law or policy and your rights in this regard should be made available to you.
  • Your privacy must also be respected into the workplace. This includes the confidentiality of your private online correspondence and communications. Your employer must inform you of any surveillance and/or monitoring carried out.
  • You can be assisted by data protection authorities, which exist in a vast majority of European countries, to ensure that data protection laws and principles are upheld.





Hypios CI is a platform where problems are solved. We've designed the platform to be useful for solving all types of problems. We review every problem submitted to Hypios CI to verify that it is in accordance with US federal law. Certain problems, though perfectly legal, may not adhere to some users' personal moral codes. After careful consideration, Hypios CI has decided to allow any problem within legal bounds to be posed and solved on Hypios CI. The logic behind this decision is as follows.


Hypios CI is not a legislator No company should be a substitute for a democratically elected legislative body nor attempt to dictate what is or is not appropriate in a free market.


Hypios CI is neutral Given that it's impossible to come to an agreement as to what's moral and what's not, Hypios CI has decided to accept all problems (again, provided that they are legal). Neutrality is the only way to preserve Solvers' liberty.


Hypios CI is optional If you encounter a problem on Hypios CI contrary to your principles, you can mark your disapproval by refusing to contribute to its solution. Hypios CI is a platform reserved for responsible adults. Diversity of opinions is a valuable resource that we must work to preserve, to the extent that those opinions are in accord with the laws of our society. This is our current stance, but we'd like to continue the conversation.