Bertho pointed us to the totally irrational terms and conditions of the TI India design contest. Once you enter your project into their contest you lose any right over that project and idea whatsoever. TI claims total ownership of “all rights, title and interest, including but not limited to patents, designs, mask-works, copyright and rights of reproduction, re-use and moral rights”. This is leaps and bounds more aggressive than the standard we-need-to-use-it-for-publicity clause most contests have. Here’s a exert from the terms & conditions:
By making a submission as part of the TIIMDC, you expressly agree to irrevocably, perpetually and exclusively grant and assign in favour of Texas Instruments (India) Private Limited (TI), without any geographical restriction and on a royalty free basis, all rights, title and interest, including but not limited to patents, designs, mask-works, copyright and rights of reproduction, re-use and moral rights, in respect of the materials, designs and/or ideas submitted by you to TI. Upon submission to TI, you shall cease to enjoy or retain any right, title or interest over the material, design or idea in question. You agree to duly sign and execute all documents as may be needed by TI to give effect to the above grant/assignment. The fact that such materials, designs and/or ideas could potentially make you eligible for awards offered by TI to a winning participant of the TIIMDC forms sufficient consideration for the above grant and assignment, irrespective of whether or not you are finally selected as the winner of the TIIMDC or provided any award or recognition by TI.
Yikes. Bad TI.
We also checked up on TI’s European Analog Design Contest. Here the conditions are much more relaxed. In our understanding you give TI the right to publish your work without attribution but all licenses and intellectual property remain yours. See the excerpt below.
Each team and each Entrant hereby grant TI and its affiliates a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, and royalty-free right and license to publish their design reports, designs and other information submitted, or any portion or modification thereof, in connection with Texas Instruments products, technical or marketing publications, advertisements or promotional activities, including without limitation TI or third party technical articles, data sheets, application notes, reference designs or internet publications. TI reserves the right to publish the designs without attribution. Except for these limited rights to publish, TI does not obtain any other ownership, rights or licenses in any of the Entrants’, team’s or university’s intellectual property or confidential information.