SUBMIT AN IDEA SUBMIT AN IDEA

Thank you for your interest in submitting an idea or suggestion to The Coca-Cola Company (“Company”).  Each year, our Company receives a large volume of ideas and suggestions and our experience has shown us that many of these have already been developed independently or considered in our system.  Therefore, in order to protect all parties and avoid any misunderstanding, we have adopted certain strict policies to govern these submissions. 

Do not send your submission to any employee of the Company as this will delay assessment, even if you do not hear back on this submission. We take on no obligation to reveal the degree of consideration we gave an idea or to return any material you submit.

Importantly, our policy prevents us from considering ideas or suggestions related to advertising, promotions or formula modifications to any of our existing products (“Prohibited Categories”).  Do not submit an idea or suggestion in a Prohibited Category as it will not be reviewed.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR EMPLOYEES

I hereby acknowledge that my submission is governed by my agreement as an employee of The Coca-Cola Company, a Delaware corporation, or any direct or indirect subsidiary or affiliate of The Coca-Cola Company, including specifically its joint ventures, (such employer for the purposes of this Agreement being hereinafter referred to as "the Company") as well as this Agreement.

In consideration of my employment, or my continued employment as the case may be, I have agreed and hereby restate my agreement that I agree to and do hereby assign to the Company, without charge, all my right, title and interest in and to any and all inventions and discoveries that I may make, solely or jointly with others, while in the employ of the Company and that relate to or are useful or may be useful in connection with the business of the Company or were made using any resources of the Company, and all my right, title and interest in and to any and all applications for patents anywhere in the world based on such invention or discovery, including any continuations, divisions, reissues, extensions, revivals or the like of such patents and all patent rights issuing on the same.

Upon request of the Company, whether during or subsequent to this employment, I shall execute and deliver any instruments or take any actions as may be deemed by the Company necessary or proper to vest all my right, title and interest in and to said inventions, discoveries, applications and patents in the Company and to secure or maintain the same. All necessary and proper expenses in connection with the foregoing shall be borne by the Company, and if services in connection therewith are performed at the Company's request after termination of employment, the Company will pay reasonable compensation for such services.

Any inventions and discoveries relating to the Company's business made by me within one year after termination of my employment with the Company shall be deemed to be within this provision, unless I can prove that the same were conceived and made following said termination and such conception or invention is not based upon or related to any Trade Secret, as defined herein, received pursuant to my employment with the Company.

Further, I hereby assign to the Company, without charge, all my right, title and interest in and to all original works of authorship in any tangible form, prepared by me, solely or jointly with others. In addition, the Company and I hereby agree that any such original work of authorship that qualifies as a "work made for hire" under the U.S. copyright laws shall be a "work made for hire" and shall be owned by the Company.

I acknowledge and agree that in the event I breach, I threaten in any way to breach, or it is inevitable that I will breach, any of the provisions of this Agreement, damages shall be an inadequate remedy and the Company shall be entitled, without bond, to injunctive or other equitable relief. The Company's rights in this respect are in addition to all rights otherwise available at law or in equity.

In the event that any provision of this Agreement is found invalid or unenforceable by a court of law or other appropriate authority, the invalidity or unenforceability of such provision shall not affect the other provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.

This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of the Company, successors and assigns or nominees of the Company, and I specifically agree to execute any and all documents considered convenient or necessary to assign transfer, sustain and maintain inventions, discoveries, copyrightable material, applications and patents, both in this and foreign countries, to and on behalf of the Company.

I further agree that the various provisions of this Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the law of the State of Georgia. All other issues shall be interpreted under applicable law. Copyright © 2012 The Coca-Cola Company.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SUBMISSION

DO NOT SUBMIT INFORMATION THAT YOU WISH TO KEEP CONFIDENTIAL.  OUR COMPANY DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY OBLIGATIONS TO KEEP YOUR INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL UNDER THIS SUBMISSION.

We recommend that you consider protecting your ideas through a patent application, a trademark registration, or a copyright registration, as may be applicable.  However, any consideration by Company of your idea shall in no way be deemed an admission on the part of Company that the idea or suggestion is novel, useful or original.  Our Company will take no steps to keep your submission confidential and that the disclosure here, if you have not already filed for a patent, will limit your ability to do so later.   If you have filed any applications or registrations for patents, trademarks or copyrights, please include a list in your submission.

You understand and agree that our acceptance of your submission does not include or imply a promise to pay you any money for the use of any idea or suggestion. Our Company may, at its sole discretion, enter into negotiations with you for access to patents, trademark or copyrights, should these exist.  You understand and agree that Company retains the full right to contest any patents, trademarks or copyrights and that your sole remedy for infringement or other violation of these is what is provided under applicable patent, trademark and copyright laws.  If you choose to submit an idea that is not protected under patent, trademark or copyright, you agree that any claim in connection with this submission is limited to $2,000.00 to cover all damages alleged to have been sustained.

Ownership of the Site: The text and images on the Site are owned and copyrighted by Company or others with all rights reserved unless otherwise noted. Your use of any text or images other than for noncommercial, personal use is strictly prohibited.

Privacy: Company has no intention of collecting any personal data from children. Any personal data (for example, your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address) you provide in connection with making a submission will be used, stored, shared and/or transmitted by the Company in accordance with the Company's Privacy Policy available at the link below on this webpage. Per Susannne’s note, needs to be updated with correct Privacy information.

This Agreement represents the entire understanding between the parties and all prior negotiations or agreements by any agent or representative of Company are merged into this Agreement, and no such prior representation, negotiation or agreement shall be binding on Company or have any force or effect. It is fully understood this Agreement may not be modified, changed, or waived except in a written document duly executed by a Senior Officer of Company.

This Agreement shall be deemed to have been made and shall be governed by the laws of the State of Georgia, U.S.A., except for patents, trademarks and copyrights, which shall be governed by and under the applicable patent, trademark and copyright laws.

Contact Information

Submission

Please share a non-confidential summary of your idea.

Please provide enough details for us to evaluate your idea.  If you have attachments that need to be included with your submission, please note that in your initial message.  Should you have multiple ideas that are not related, please make separate submissions. 

Please list all patents or patent applications or other intellectual property rights that cover your submissions. 

Other Information

Include any relevant information about copyrights, patents, or trademarks that are associated with your concept.

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