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Outside Submissions

Learn how to submit an idea, suggestion, new concept, or invention to Xerox Corporation.

Each year, many people and companies contact us to consider their ideas. To establish a business-like arrangement between our company and submitters, the procedure outlined here has been established. Please read and carefully follow these guidelines. Your cooperation will help us in evaluating your submission.

Your ideas and suggestions

Xerox encourages and welcomes unsolicited ideas and suggestions. We are pleased to have the opportunity to review new inventions and/or patents. However, with our continuing research in many fields, our existing patents, and a steady flow of scientific information from many sources, it is possible that your submission may duplicate an idea we are already pursuing independently. Therefore…

Protect your interest

Please protect your interest in whatever you submit before sending it to us. The best method of doing this should be determined in consultation with your attorney and may involve patent protection. Having an issued patent or a published patent application describing your concept will help to expedite the submission evaluation process.

By policy, Xerox requires that you complete in English, our standard non-confidential disclosure Agreement if your submission includes anything other than issued patents. This Agreement states clearly that no confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy is created between the submitter and Xerox Corporation by the submission and its consideration by our company.

Xerox policy requires all submissions be only in writing (including figures, pictures, and drawings). Xerox by policy does not have face-to-face meetings with submitters or their representatives in evaluating unsolicited submissions.

Xerox Corporation cannot, when replying to the submitter, reveal its own developments whether current or completed, covered by patent application or otherwise. Xerox will consider submissions only so far as, in our judgment, they require consideration; we assume no obligation, implied or expressed, to provide any details about our evaluation of your submission. Often, we will only indicate whether or not we have any further interest.

Contact us

To begin the Outside Submissions process, please email

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