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The Stanley Works is interested in ideas that meet consumers’ needs and is committed to providing the highest quality products at the best value. But before allowing you to submit your idea, we ask that you read and accept our Statement of Policy and Agreement Concerning Submitted Ideas. If you wish to continue after reviewing the Policy and Agreement, follow the instructions provided to submit your idea. You will be required to accept the terms set forth in the Policy and Agreement to submit your idea.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Does my idea have to be patented for Stanley to consider it?

A: No. Stanley will accept any idea for consideration, whether patented or not. You may, however, want to apply for a patent if you believe your idea is patentable, as obtaining a patent will give you some legal rights that you will not otherwise have.

Q:What is the process for submitting a patented idea?

A: The only way to submit any idea for consideration to The Stanley Works, whether patented or not, is through the website at www.stanleyworks.com. After reading Stanley’s Statement of Policy and Agreement Concerning Submitted Ideas, you will be asked to accept the terms of the Agreement. If you do accept, you will be prompted for information concerning your idea. You will receive an email after your idea has been submitted that confirms receipt of our submission.

Q: How long before I receive the results of my submission?

A: Stanley expects to respond to all submissions within 6 months. You can check the status of your submission by logging in through the Invention and Idea Portal at any time.

Q: What happens to my idea after it is submitted?

A: Your idea will be forwarded to one of the employees that Stanley has designated to review submissions to determine whether Stanley is interested in pursuing your idea. You should be aware that, although you may be asked for additional information, Stanley expects that most submissions will be evaluated based solely on the material included in the original submission. It is therefore important that you include all of the information you believe Stanley should have in order to evaluate your submission when you initially submit your idea.

Q: How do I file a patent application?

A: For information on filing a patent application within the United States, visit the US Patent and Trademark Office online at http://www.uspto.gov
For information on filing a patent application within the European Union, visit the EPO website at http://www.epo.org
For information on filing a patent in Japan, visit the Japanese Patent Office at http://www.jpo.go.jp

Other countries have their own patent offices; please check with your own advisors or the relevant governmental authorities for information on filing patent applications in countries not listed here.

Q: How do I check the status of my idea?

A: You can check the status of your idea by logging in through the Invention and Idea Portal with your user name and password. Once you’ve logged in, click on the "Prior Submissions" tab.

Q: What if I have an unpatented idea or suggestion for an existing product?

A: Stanley is willing to consider your idea even if it is not patented. As with patented ideas, you will have to accept the terms of Stanley’s Statement of Policy and Agreement Concerning Submitted Ideas in order to submit your idea. To review the Policy and Agreement and submit your idea, click on "Continue" below.